Going Global: No passport required

From infusing your courses with international perspectives to inviting foreign scholars and students to your department, there are numerous ways to inject international elements into your work at Boston University without leaving the country.

Challenge your students to apply their education to critical world issues, understand different cultural perspectives, and be ethical and responsible citizens in our highly globalized world. Use your own international experiences or interests; ask students to discuss what they learned while studying abroad; use technology to connect with foreign students and experts abroad; or develop course content that blends Western and Eastern perspectives. We have curated a number of helpful resources to help you find ways to infuse your curriculum with a global flavor.


Study Abroad staff are available to make classroom presentations. Contact us to find out how.

Host International Scholars

Each year, over 1,000 foreign scholars from more than 80 countries conduct research, teach, and offer international perspectives to our campus.

Going Global: Pack Your Bags

Discovering new people, places, and ideas abroad will ultimately benefit you, your students, and colleagues as you share and apply your experiences back home. We can help you set up and manage your activity abroad, put you in touch with potential collaborators and teaching exchange opportunities, and let you know about important health and safety considerations while traveling.

Design New Programs

Each year over 400 teaching, research, and service activities connected to BU take place around the world.

Learn about ways to collaborate on international research, guest teach abroad, or be part of a technical exchange. Collectively, the BU community maintains hundreds of relationships with colleagues and institutions around the world. We can help you leverage existing connections, provide guidance for new collaborations, and facilitate the approval process when needed.

As you seek funding for your global engagement, there are many options:

Apply for a Fulbright

The Fulbright US Scholar Program sends 800 scholars and professionals each year to over 140 countries, where they lecture or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. More than 60 BU faculty have received this prestigious award.

Apply for a BU-only faculty exchange program

Boston University offers several exchange program opportunities for faculty. Each year, these short-term opportunities allow a limited number of BU scholars to conduct research and work with colleagues at overseas partner institutions in China, France, and Italy. Faculty at these partner institutions apply to travel to Boston to team up with colleagues here at BU.

Over several decades, BU has strategically invested in its permanent infrastructure around the world. Outside of Boston, BU owns or has a controlling interest in real estate assets (offices and even some dormitories) in:

  • London, United Kingdom
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Washington, DC, USA

Limited housing, office, or classroom space may be available in other locations. Contact us for more information.

In addition, we also have hundreds of staff in cities around the world who are advancing the teaching, research, and service missions of BU. While these offices are primarily used for undergraduate study abroad, there may be ways to leverage these resources to enhance intellectual, cultural, research, and teaching activities. If you will be traveling to one of these cities and would like to connect with BU students and faculty abroad, let us know.

If you are traveling overseas, consider contacting Development & Alumni Relations to inform them of your activities and to determine whether there are alumni who could be of assistance with your efforts. For development-related issues, or to explore opportunities for a particular project or program, please speak with your school’s development officer.