Global Study & Research
Our annual Study Abroad numbers alone are staggering: Over undergraduate students in over programs in over cities in countries. BU’s professors, scholars, and researchers are flung far and wide, too. Their work runs the gamut, from large-scale studies to reduce neonatal mortality in Zambia to promoting understanding of rainforest ecosystems in the heart of Ecuador’s Amazon jungle. All of our 17 schools and colleges reported global activities. At the end of the day, we’re talking about more than 400 ventures in over 90 countries and Antarctica. Start here to begin sampling them.
African Studies Center (ASC)
Founded in 1953, ASC has provided a strong foundation in African studies to generations of undergraduate and graduate students, university professors, economists, health workers, government officials, development personnel, diplomats, and others. The center is a federal National Resource Center funded under Title VI to promote language and area studies in Africa.
Boston University Marine Program (BUMP)
The hands-on, research-oriented curriculum in Marine Science is a decidedly interdisciplinary one, with courses and faculty from Biology and Earth & Environment. In addition to rigorous and stimulating marine courses in Boston, BUMP also offers field experiences and coursework in Belize (Central America), the New England coastline, and at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
Boston University Study Abroad
BU Study Abroad enables students to realize their dreams to study and intern abroad by offering an unmatched selection of programs in more than 30 cities in 21 countries on six continents. Since 1984, some 16,000 BU undergrads, along with students from over 150 other colleges and universities, have traveled overseas to study language, liberal arts, fine arts, science, business, engineering, or pursue an internship.
Center for English Language & Orientation Programs (CELOP)
Since 1975, CELOP has offered international students high-quality intensive English language training and orientation programs. The center has assisted foreign students to attain linguistic proficiency in English and broaden their cultural awareness for academic, professional, and personal success.
Center for Global Health & Development (CGHD)
This multidisciplinary research operation engages faculty from across both campuses to help solve the critical global health and social development challenges of our time. BU clinical scientists, epidemiologists, demographers, and social scientists, are engaged in research in over 20 countries. The mission is to both conduct high-quality applied research and advocate for the use of findings to improve the health of underserved populations around the world.
Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future
The Pardee Center convenes symposia and conducts interdisciplinary, policy-relevant, and future-oriented research that contributes to long-term improvements in the human condition. The center’s focus is defined by its longer-range vision (35-200 years) and encompasses a multitude of topics, including research on the future of energy, South Asia, global economic governance, and the developing world. It provides analysis for a better tomorrow, today.
Family Medicine Global Health Collaborative
The Boston University Family Medicine Global Health Collaborative is committed to raising the level of health care for the world’s underserved populations by enhancing primary care through four key areas: medical education, improving health systems management, increasing access to high-quality clinical services, and promoting research and evaluation. You can find BU researchers hard at work in such countries as Laos, Lesotho, and Vietnam.