Boston University takes pride in being a global university having been founded on the principles of academic engagement within Boston and internationally. Starting from the nation’s first collegiate international exchange program, created at here at the end of the 19th century, the global reach and impact of our University continue to grow. Thousands of international students and scholars provide tremendous global diversity to our home campus in Boston, where a global emphasis spans the curriculum. Meanwhile, nearly 2,300 undergraduate students study and intern abroad each year, in addition to graduate students who study and conduct research abroad, often alongside faculty in a vast array of global activities. Hundreds of individuals work for Boston University overseas — all extending our mission for excellence and impact in education, research and service around the globe.
Without a doubt, this is an exciting time to be part of a global university. With improvements in communication technology and increased funding internationally for global activities, there are tremendous opportunities for us to continue to engage with partners in every corner of the globe in meaningful ways for the benefit of our students, employees, and community — both local and global. BU Global Programs is working alongside our faculty, students, and staff to increase the impact of the University’s global activities.
If you are starting to plan for a new global activity, please consult the Global Operations Toolkit on our website for guidance to get you started. I also encourage you to contact Global Programs to think through opportunities and potential issues as your planning gets underway so that we can help you succeed with all the resources of Boston University behind you. Finally, I hope that you will explore the University’s Global portal to learn more about the exciting activities Boston University is engaged in globally. Thank you for visiting us.
With best wishes,
Willis G. Wang
Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs,
and Deputy General Counsel