About

Engaging with people, ideas, and pressing issues that impact the world has always been vital to Boston University’s mission and is integral to the goals of BU’s current strategic plan Choosing to Be Great:

Today, the landscape for our students and programs is more than Boston; it is the world. We are determined to engage productively and strategically with the broader world, searching out and establishing partnerships and programs that are rich with potential.—Choosing to Be Great

Global Programs advances Boston University’s global strategy and serves as a champion for global initiatives at home in Boston and abroad. We work to support a stronger, larger, and ever more diverse portfolio of global activities that builds on BU’s strengths: academic excellence; entrepreneurial ideas; a professional approach including financial, legal, and ethical responsibility; and a commitment to being a good global citizen wherever we work.

Core Programs and Services

  1. Strategic program support.

    Support institutional development, faculty growth, and the establishment of valuable transnational partnerships. Advocate for international higher education best practices in support of University goals. Foster opportunities for communication and collaboration within the University. Collect and promote information related to BU’s global dimensions and impact.

  2. Operations support for overseas activities.

    Advise and provide training on management practices, guidelines, and planning tools to build operational excellence for conducting educational, research, and service activities overseas. Provide assistance for risk assessment and the management of risk in international efforts; build administrative competencies to support faculty in pursuing their interests globally.

  3. Health, safety, and security planning and response.

    Develop and provide information, training, templates, and planning advice to help protect the mental and physical well-being, safety, and security of all members of our community during their travels out of the country; coordinate responses to emergency situations abroad.

  4. Special Initiatives.

    Develop and engage a BU India Academic Network—a community of stakeholders composed of faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends—in support of Boston University’s goal to strengthen ties and collaborations with India. Engage in planning and implementation of selected high-visibility and University-wide global programs.

Other Global Programs Units

Study Abroad

Through Study Abroad, we offer an unmatched variety of academic and internship programs for undergraduates, helping students realize their dreams to study in more than 30 cities and 20 countries on six continents. Every year, students from BU and over 150 other colleges and universities enjoy the opportunity to study language, liberal arts, fine arts, science, business, engineering, or pursue an internship.

Center for English Language & Orientation Programs

Through the Center for English Language & Orientation Programs (CELOP), we provide international students with high-quality intensive English language training and orientation programs to assist them in attaining linguistic proficiency in English and broadening their cultural awareness for success in their academic, professional, and personal lives. CELOP exemplifies BU’s longstanding commitment to international education and to the promotion of global understanding and goodwill.

International Students & Scholars Office

Through the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO), we strive to enhance the international character of BU by providing essential services and support to students, faculty, and staff. The ISSO provides professional expertise on immigration and employment issues to support compliance with federal regulations. As advocates for international exchange, the ISSO promotes the academic, professional, and personal growth of this diverse community while cultivating an appreciation of its many contributions.