Our Global DNA


Boston University is anything but insular. You’ll find our students and faculty in more than 90 countries, on all seven continents, pursuing research, study, and community service. It should come as no surprise that BU launched the nation’s first collegiate
international exchange program over a century ago. On our home campus, stroll up and down Commonwealth Avenue and you’ll hear countless languages and dialects. Our professors, students, scholars, and researchers hail from more than 130 countries. Engaging
with people, ideas, and pressing issues that impact the world has always been vital to the University’s mission. Simply put, global engagement is in our DNA.

By the Numbers: BU’s Global Community

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Teaching, research, and service activities taking place each year on all seven continents
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Schools and colleges at BU involved in global ventures. (All of them).
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Fall 2016 snapshot of international students enrolled and sponsored on the Charles River and Medical Campuses.
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Countries represented at BU—from China, India, and Saudi Arabia to Kenya, France, and Brazil.
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Foreign nationals from 88 countries teaching, conducting research, and working at BU.
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BU alumni living outside of the U.S.
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BU alums who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961, placing the University among the top all-time producers of volunteers.
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Undergraduate students who went abroad through one of BU Study Abroad’s  academic programs and direct exchange opportunities in over cities in countries on continents.
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Students enrolled in BU’s intensive English language and orientation programs.