Purpose

Preparing next generation international researchers

Editor’s note: This page will soon feature more in-depth information about the organization’s vision and mission. Thank you for your patience.

SPAN, the Student Project for Amity among Nations, is Minnesota’s oldest, and one-of-a-kind study and oversees research program. It was founded in 1947 by a group of undergraduate students who post WWII saw the need for international understanding.

Today, nearly seven decades later, in the volatile and complex world in which we live, the need for globally-minded and culturally competent citizens remains. In keeping with the ideals of our founding members, SPAN continues to provide an overseas opportunity for students to conduct independent research on a self-chosen topic. At the same time, the program offers undergraduates the opportunity to build bridges of understanding across borders, countries, and continents.

Since its inception, nearly 3,000 SPANners have visited 93 countries on six continents. As a student-led non-profit organization, the Minnesota SPAN Association offers every SPAN participant a scholarship. SPAN is open to students from all Minnesota colleges and universities.

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