At GEI, we pride ourselves to be a pioneer in high-impact international education in Africa and Asia since 2006. We are a private American institute with particularly deep roots in the countries where we operate.

Our work supports the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was adopted by all UN member states in 2015. It is a plan of action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. At its core, it created 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets of critical importance for humanity and the planet.

We share the 2030 Agenda’s vision of a sustainable world – a world where all people can live productive, vibrant, and peaceful lives on a healthy planet.

Our purpose is to unleash the catalytic impact of international education to address key transformations towards sustainable development. To do so, we blend research, education, training, and innovative practical solutions that support sustainable development processes.

  • Our story

    GEI is the brainchild of Dr. Michael Grosspietsch, who, in 2003, arrived in the small African country Rwanda to explore the impact of short-term international education programs on sustainable development and social innovation. His research and the initiatives he had launched with partners like the Rwandan government, the UN Millennium Villages Project, several development agencies, and various community organizations attracted the attention of leading international education providers, such as the People to People Ambassador Programs. With their support, he launched what later became GEI initially as a single-country operation in Rwanda in 2006.



Dr. Michael Grosspietsch, PhD
Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Cailin Human, MBA
Chief Operating Officer 

Dr. Ravi Srinivas, PhD
Chief Academic Officer

Melissa Lesage, LLB
Director, Business Operations 

Waleed Fatth, MPH
Director, Professional Development 

Francoise Uzamukunda, MA
Academic Director, Africa 

Thuy Phan, MA
Academic Director, Asia

Yvan Rubengebenge
Operations Director, Africa

Amy Lin, MA
Operations Director, Asia

Eric Kingoina, DCS
Operations, Kenya

Denyse Iradukunda, BA
Operations, Rwanda

Adeline Imanirakiza, DIS
Operations, Rwanda 


School of Record

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) of Ewing, NJ acts as GEI’s official School of Record. The School of Record agreement follows the highest standards of good practice in education abroad.

Together, TCNJ and GEI have developed academic protocols that guide School of Record operations. Under this comprehensive agreement, TCNJ:

  • Reviews and approves GEI’s courses and faculty;
  • Issues course transcripts; and
  • Requires GEI’s internal academic controls to be administered by academic leaders with qualifications comparable to those of academic administrators on TCNJ’s own campus.
Courses are designed and taught by qualified instructors consistent with the level of education at U.S. universities; all GEI instructors hold at least a master’s degree. Consistency in academic standards and transcripts from an accredited U.S. institution help ease the credit approval and transfer process when students return home from their study abroad experience.


About The College of New Jersey

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is a highly selective institution that is consistently recognized as one of the top comprehensive colleges in the U.S. Founded in 1855 as the New Jersey State Normal School, TCNJ maintains the seventh highest four-year graduation rate among all public colleges and universities. It is ranked by Money as one of the top 15 public colleges “most likely to pay off financially”, and U.S. News & World Report rates it the No. 1 public institution among regional universities in the northeast.


GEI Alumni Global Network

Your GEI experience has had a deep impact on your life, and you would like to continue to apply your passion and skills to affect positive change in the world? Join our GEI Alumni Global Network, a dynamic and diverse community of like-minded individuals who share our vision and goals.


We particularly support the following activities:

  • Start an Education for Sustainable Development student club at your college or university
  • Become an Education for Sustainable Development facilitator for our international school partnerships program
  • Become an ambassador and spread Education for Sustainable Development at a local school or community organization
  • Write your Bachelor’s or Master’s dissertation or your PhD thesis about a sustainable development topic that connects with our work
  • Share your sustainable development stories, photos, and videos as a contributor to our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram



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GDPR: Policy on the protection and processing of personal data of program participants

This Policy regards all personal data of yours that we have obtained - whether from you directly or indirectly from any entity - for the planning and organization of your GEI program and related GEI services.

These data will be processed and handled by us in accordance with our policies, with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), and with the principles of fairness, lawfulness, transparency, purpose limitation, accuracy, storage limitation, integrity and confidentiality, and accountability, as well as the utmost protection of your privacy.

Sensitive data processing will only take place in relation to data regarding your health condition (such as diseases, allergies or food intolerances) or judicial data of relevance to your participation in the GEI program.

All data shall be processed exclusively for GEI institutional purposes, connected or related to the activities carried out by GEI, such as the planning and organization of your GEI program, the accomplishment of bureaucratic practices for your entry in your program destination, and the performance of the contractual obligations of GEI in connection with your program stay.

In particular, the data supplied or collected may be processed for the following purposes:

  • To fulfill the obligations established by any applicable law;
  • To execute the contractual obligations with reference to your enrolment with the GEI program (such as, but not limited to, program content and logistics bookings, program attendance certification, or participant health and safety protection); and
  • To take the necessary actions in the case of an accident or aggression.

Sensitive data regarding your health conditions and food habits will only be processed for the purpose of protecting your safety or of fulfilling the obligations established by any applicable law.

Sensitive data regarding judicial measures which may have been provided to GEI by public bodies will be processed only for purposes relating to a health or safety emergency and complying with any applicable mandatory provision of any applicable law.

Submittal and processing of personal data is necessary in order to achieve the purposes above specified.

Any refusal will make it impossible to carry out the necessary activities and the correct administrative and didactic management of your program necessary to accomplish the contractual obligations of GEI in connection with your program stay, as well as the obligations imposed by law.

Data - including sensitive data - will be collected and processed automatically and/or manually, and by adopting the respective minimum safety measures.

The data will be handled only by the persons who are in charge of and responsible for the related program activities and services.

Your data may be communicated, in compliance with the rules above indicated, to public or private subjects to whom they may be necessary in order to carry out the planning and organization of your GEI program, and to fulfill obligations set forth by applicable laws.

Sensitive data may be communicated to public bodies and authorities (such as public hospitals, public safety authorities, police offices, courts, magistrates and the like) and to private subjects (such as private hospitals and clinics, security supervisors, insurance companies and the like) only for purposes relating to health and safety emergency and for the purposes of fulfilling obligations set forth by applicable laws.

You will be able to exercise any and all rights foreseen, among others, by the GDPR, electronically available at

This includes, among others, the following rights:

  • You have the right to obtain confirmation of the existence or not of personal data, even if not yet recorded, and their communication in intelligible form.
  • You have the right to obtain indication a) of the origin of the personal data, b) of the ends and methods of their processing, c) of the logics applied in the event of processing being carried out with the aid of electronic equipment, d) of the identification data of your data manager at GEI, and e) of the organizations and categories of organizations to whom personal data can be communicated or who are likely to get to know them at the program destination(s).
  • You have the right to obtain a) the update, the rectification or, if you have the interest to, the integration of the data, b) the cancellation, transformation in anonymous form or blockage of any data processed unlawfully, including those whose storage is not necessary in relation to the aims for which the data were collected or later processed, and c) a statement that the operations indicated in a) and b), including their content, have been made known to those to whom the data have been communicated or released, except in the case of this being found to be impossible or requiring the use of means which are clearly disproportionate to the protected right.
  • You have the right to completely or partially oppose a) for legitimate reasons, the processing of personal data even if relevant to the aims of their collection, and b) the processing of personal data for the purpose of sending publicity material, direct sales or for carrying out market research or commercial communications.

The Data Controller for your data is GEI. In order to exercise the rights mentioned in 7. above, you can contact us at 251 State Street, #204 (c/o Mlekoday), Schenectady, NY 12305, USA, or by sending an email to

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