Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are similar to any information system in that they store, manipulate, and facilitate analysis and display of digital data. GIS is different from other information systems because it works with geo-referenced data and that allows for the analysis of scale, spatial relationships and the production of maps. During most of the 45 years that GIS systems have existed, they have been used by large organizations and government agencies primarily for natural resource and military decision-support applications. With the introduction of desktop GIS software in the 1990s, GIS has found new applications in business, health, policing, development, and many other fields. In the last few years, Open Source GIS software has democratized access to this powerful technology. At the same time mobile and cloud computing have revolutionized the way we interact with spatial data through ubiquitous Apps using location services and near real-time access to massive geospatial datasets stored in the cloud – effectively making sophisticated decision support technology available in your pocket at all times. Applications such as crisis mapping and mobile data collection take these approaches to a new level of relevance with constantly updated situational awareness that can be used to adapt programming, policy or support a whole range of operational decisions faced by governmental, private sector, development and humanitarian organizations.
Eligibility & Admissions Guidelines
Graduate students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the time of application.
Applications are due on March 1, 2016. We will continue to accept applications until the program is full.
For One Course:
Housing and Support: $3000
For Two Courses:
Housing and Support: $6000
Course Information: SGDV 6914-01 - GIS for Resilient Local Development (3 credits)
Instructor: Nathan Morrow
(Open to Graduate Students Only)
July 3 – 16, 2016
Course to be held in Italy
Passports & Visas
A valid passport is required for all U.S. citizens traveling to Italy. Requirements vary for other nationalities. International students should check the requirements for their respective countries.
For U.S. citizens, it is very important that you apply early for your US passport. The Tulane Office of Study Abroad assumes no responsibility for obtaining visas or assisting students with passports.
Health, Travel and Safety Policies
Payson is committed to doing everything reasonably possible to provide participants with a healthy and safe summer abroad experience. All students must review the Payson policies before applying to the program. Students who fail to review these policies will not be informed of important issues related to the Payson programs.
Deposit, Refund & Cancellation Policy
While there is no application fee, the Payson program requires a non-refundable deposit of $300 per course. Please note a seat in the course is not reserved until the deposit is received in this office. The remaining program fees will be charged through Tulane University Accounts Receivable. Checks may be hand delivered to Payson (325 Hebert Hall) or mailed to the following address:
ATTN: Sheila Favalora
325 Hebert Hall
6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
Space is limited for all courses. The final deadline for applications and deposits is March 11th. Once accepted into the program, the deposit is non-refundable. The remaining costs of the course will be charged through Accounts Receivable. In the event a student is not accepted into the program, said student will receive a full refund of course deposits. Please note that if you choose to withdraw from a course less than two (2) weeks prior to the start date, you will be charged and are liable for the full amount of the course.
Any outstanding payments for tuition or housing charges, which are not paid by the Accounts Receivable deadline, will be subject to a finance charge assessed at 18% per annum. Failure to pay by this date; however, will not result in you being dropped from the program. *No credit for participation in the program(s) will be granted if any participant fails to pay all tuition and housing expenses in full.
Must apply first to the Payson Program in Global Development Summer Institute by completing the application above. Once accepted to the Summer Institute, non-Tulane students must apply as a non-degree student to the University as outlined below.
Submit the following to Ms. Sheila Favalora
in the Payson:
- Payson Graduate Application (no recommendations or personal statement needed)
- Official copies of all previous college transcripts
- Non-refundable $55.00 application feeReview our FAQ if you have questions related to the application process or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alterations or Cancellations
Payson reserves the right to alter or cancel any program. The programs described on this website reflect what we have planned for this summer and the arrangements we have in place. In particular, if any program has a number of applicants that is less than the number necessary for the program to break even financially, it is likely to be canceled. Since the programs begin several months after printing this brochure, changes may occur in some of the details. We will try to keep applicants aware of any significant changes. If cancellation of a program is necessary because of insufficient enrollment or for any other reason, all monies (deposit, tuition, and housing) will be refunded within 20 days. We will also make our best efforts to make arrangements for each student enrolled in a cancelled program to attend another Summer Institute of the student’s preference. You may want to check periodically the U.S. Department of State's Travel Warnings website for late-breaking information about the country you'll be visiting. Should any program be officially declared to be in an “area of instability”, students who selected that program will be notified and permitted to withdraw with appropriate refunds.
Scholarships, Fellowships, Tuition Waivers and Financial Aid
Payson does not offer any scholarships, fellowships, or funding to students participating in the Summer Institute, nor do we have specific information on scholarships or fellowships elsewhere. Additionally, there are no tuition waivers available for Payson summer programs abroad.
Non-Payson graduate students may apply for financial aid in the form of loans through their academic department. If you do not subsequently complete hours for which you initially register, you may be liable for the immediate repayment of loan funds to the lender. We strongly advise you to be aware of the disbursement timing and summer financial aid requirements. In some cases, schools or lenders may not disburse loan proceeds until the start of the program you are attending. Because of the early start dates for some of our summer programs abroad, the relatively late dates on which the processing can begin, and the length of time it takes to process aid itself, it is likely that your loan proceeds may be unavailable to you in time for your departure. We emphasize the need to have some other source of funds to ‘tide you over’ until the loan proceeds become available.