The world is our laboratory
BU is truly a global university. The London Times rates us a top-50 global research university, due in part to our strong international connections. Our faculty members and graduate students conduct research in every field and on every continent. And our undergraduates can choose from dozens of study abroad programs and courses in over 20 foreign languages.
Engaging globally, on many levels
After today’s students enter the workforce, their success will depend on assuming leadership in a global world. We are shaping their education at Arts & Sciences to prepare them for that future.
Arts & Sciences engages globally on many different levels. International Relations is our largest major, and we are invested in teaching over 20 world languages—more than most liberal arts colleges. Our faculty and students study and work around the globe, from the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory in Geneva to the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Eastern Ecuadorian Amazon. Over 40 percent of CAS students participate in one of our study abroad programs in more than 30 cities on six continents. Some students even travel with CAS geologist David Marchant to do research in Antarctica.
This fall, we are launching one of our most exciting initiatives in years. Made possible by a $25 million gift from Frederick Pardee, the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies will be housed in CAS. The Pardee School will stimulate and support new interdisciplinary research and coursework aimed at tackling the world’s pressing problems. It will be structured into two main units: international studies and area studies. The area studies unit will bring together experts from our strong regional studies programs, such as African Studies and European Studies, to form new collaborations on issues that are common to different regions. The ultimate goal of the School is to advance global human progress.
Helping students engage with the wider world
Want to introduce a student to the wider world? There are dozens of opportunities to do it, all in keeping with BU’s campus-wide emphasis on global education. More than 40 percent of CAS students take part in study abroad programs, and we welcome support that could enlarge this number. There are several forms such support could take. For example, consider setting up a gift challenge, matching each gift of, say, $100 or more dollar-for-dollar until the challenge fund reaches a certain level.
Or contribute to an existing scholarship fund, like the Ernestine O’Connell Memorial Scholarship, which provides support to juniors and seniors majoring in chemistry, geology, physics, biology, astronomy, or math who are in need of financial assistance. You can designate your fund specifically for students wishing to study overseas. If you’re determined to change the world, we can help.Make Your Impact