Global Matters

Two Extraordinary Pakistani Students Take Part in American Classes, Summer Fun in Boston as Part of Sister2Sister Exchange

November 1st, 2023 in Global Matters.

During Summer Term 2, two young Pakistani women – Maheen Ali Mir (’26) and Fareena Ahmed (’24) – visited Boston University as part of their participation in the Sister2Sister Exchange Program. The Sister2Sister Program is a highly selective public-private partnership supported by the Department of State, led by American University, and run in partnership with U.S. universities, like BU, that provide summer scholarships to students who enroll in undergraduate course in their field of study and complete a cultural reflections project. The Program not only provides Pakistani female college students from underserved backgrounds with academic, personal, and professional development but... More

Traveling Abroad? Learn More about International SOS & Staying Safe

November 1st, 2023 in Global Matters.

International SOS Provides Health, Safety and Security Assistance Services to Travelers Abroad on BU Business and Students Studying Abroad Boston University has partnered with International SOS, a leader in the international medical and security services industry, to provide health, safety and security assistance services to travelers  on BU sponsored international trips including students studying abroad. International SOS provides destination-specific pre-departure information and advice, such as entry and exit requirements, cultural and customs information, as well as health and safety risks including crime, terrorism, personal freedom, local disease outbreaks, local food/water safety, transportation safety, and more. Most information is available on the... More

How 2 BU Sydney Internships Led to Launching, Growing, and Exiting Australia’s Leading Social Media Agency

November 1st, 2023 in Global Matters.

For 11 years, Gina Lednyak and Elena Fullerton have built a successful business abroad together Something indescribable and intangible gripped Gina Lednyak (CAS ’07) and Elena Fullerton (CAS ’13) when they studied abroad in Sydney, Australia – each going abroad during their senior year. They both felt a strong pull to this new, beautiful place and that Sydney was where they would end up long term, despite studying abroad during different years. “From the moment I landed in Sydney, I knew,” recalls Lednyak. “I remember being on a bus with the facilitator at the time and he said, ‘there’s always one person... More

Recent Grad Launches Organization to Empower Refugees and Immigrants, Wins BU Refugee Challenge

November 1st, 2023 in Global Matters.

Maria Gorskikh’s Nonprofit Helps Immigrant & Refugee Entrepreneurs Realize their Dreams Maria Gorskikh (Questrom ’23), a recent graduate who majored in finance and hails from Russia, won the Boston University Refugee Challenge earlier this year with her non-profit organization DREAM Venture Labs. Gorskikh’s organization is dedicated to empowering refugees and immigrants in starting and growing their own businesses, and it serves as a connection between immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs and essential resources to boost their business ventures. Gorskikh started DREAM Venture Labs to address the notable challenges faced by immigrants and refugees, such as language barriers, limited access to resources, and lack... More

IEW Through the Years

November 1st, 2023 in Global Matters.

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When Museums & Street Art Tours are the Classroom

November 1st, 2023 in Global Matters.

Madrid Students Analyze Classical and Modern Art, Try Stenciling at Street Art Workshop  Anticipation and excitement filled the air when students of the spring 2023 Madrid Spanish & European Studies program entered the classroom for their course Art and Architecture in Madrid: 1561-Today. Several of the students were completely new to art history and embarked on the course and the program despite the content having little to do with their degree programs. In fact, the temporary departure from STEM courses was one of the draws for Karina Mihura (CAS’24), a biology student with long-term goals to pursue medicine. Mihura had always... More

Dublin Internship Offers COM Student Portfolio-Building Opportunity and More

May 30th, 2023 in Global Matters, Global Profiles.

Bylines in GCN Magazine are just the start of Nat Mak’s experience interning abroad Nat Mak (COM ’23) had little knowledge about Ireland before they decided to enroll in BU’s Dublin Internship program. Perhaps it was, at least partly, the unknown that intrigued Mak and moved them to enroll in the program. “I realized it would be more worthwhile to go [study abroad] somewhere I didn’t know about and learn about it as I was studying there,” they say. “I am proud of going to a city that I knew little about and building a relationship with it. During my time spent... More

BULA Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Alumni & Staff Share Memories, Gratitude

March 31st, 2023 in Global Matters.

Program continues to have large BU alumni support network Boston University Los Angeles (BULA) started in 2002 – at the dawn of the digital age – an exciting time in the industry with the internet getting integrated into communication and entertainment. Realizing what a terrific opportunity it would be to bring College of Communication (COM) students out to LA, then Dean of the College Brent Baker and other COM leaders got together with several BU alumni who had made LA their home and were working in the industry. Some of the first alumni to meet with COM leaders, help shape and launch... More

An Erasmus+ Collaboration with Ca’ Foscari University of Venice & Studying Climate Change Adaptation

March 30th, 2023 in Global Matters.

Fruitful International Exchange Leads to More Students & Scholars Exchanged Over Next Three Years CAS Professor Ian Sue Wing of the Department of Earth & Environment leads an Erasmus+ collaboration with Ca' Foscari University of Venice (UNIVE), with the fruits of this collaboration affording the exchange of several students and scholars. A European Union program designed to support education and training in Europe, Erasmus+ has given millions of people the opportunity to study, train, or work across Europe and beyond. For Boston University and UNIVE, the collaboration has meant Sue Wing and Professor Enrica De Cian of UNIVE have been able to... More

IEW Brought the BU Community Together With Wide Range of Events Offered

March 21st, 2023 in Global Matters.

Each year, International Education Week (IEW) celebrates BU’s global engagement, and this year’s IEW had more than 30 events on offer for students, faculty, and staff across campus – including globally at several of BU’s Study Abroad locations. From international film screenings to research seminars to cultural events, there was a wide range of both academic-related and community building events on tap. Global Programs applauds the BU community’s commitment to creating opportunities for exchanging ideas, building community, sparking curiosity on global issues, and broadening worldviews.   A Noteworthy Multidisciplinary Panel Discussion Global Programs and the Center on Forced Displacement welcomed more than 150... More