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 140 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

300+
Teaching, research, and service activities taking place each year on all seven continents
16
Schools and colleges at BU involved in global ventures. (All of them).
7,500+
International students enrolled in classes on BU’s Charles River and Medical Campuses.
143
Countries represented at BU—from China, India, and Saudi Arabia to Kenya, France, and Brazil.
1,093
Foreign nationals from 91 countries teaching and working at BU, from short-term researchers to lecturers to tenure-track professors.
30,000+
BU alumni living outside of the US.
1,355
BU alums who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961, placing the University among the top all-time producers of volunteers.
2,500+
Undergraduate students who went abroad through one of BU Study Abroad’s 102 academic programs and direct exchange opportunities in 35 cities in 26 countries on 6 continents.
1,500
Students enrolled in BU’s intensive English language and orientation programs each year.
600+
People working around the world on behalf of Boston University who are teaching, conducting research, or giving back through service projects.