News from Global Programs

After months of pauses on programming and disrupted mobility, among other challenges, related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Global Programs is thrilled to once again facilitate all things international at Boston University. From re-opening in-person Study Abroad programs, and helping international students and scholars return or get acclimated to BU, to supporting our faculty with their global research and teaching efforts, and returning to other international programming endeavors and practices, we fully embrace the renewed level of energy across the BU community.


As we swing open the doors on global engagement we look forward to the day when, once again, you’ll be able to find thousands of students and hundreds of faculty members researching, teaching, and learning across six continents annually. At home in Boston, thousands of international students and scholars have already been able to join us in-person for the 2021-2022 academic year, infusing our diverse campus community with global perspectives and different lived experiences that I encourage you to learn more about. An easy way to start is by diving into the stories in this issue of Global Matters.


Fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community is central to who we are as a part of BU. We hope you enjoy the global activities and stories highlighted within. Here’s to a wonderful and safe academic year.


Willis G. Wang
Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is Back


Photos Capture the Joy of Welcoming Students Back to Study Abroad Sites

International Students

International Students & Scholars Overcome Travel-Related Challenges


Most international students & scholars have successfully made it to campus this fall

People from different countries greating each other
Talk About

Global Programs Launches New ‘Talk About’ Event Series for International Students


More than 1,000 students registered for the eight Talk About events that ran last year

BU Hub

Gaining a Global Perspective during the COVID-19 Pandemic


Study Abroad Delivered a Popular Cross College Challenge Course When COVID-19 grounded travel

Alumni Profile

How Study Abroad in Paris Shaped an Architectural Designer’s Career Interests


Karen Wang returned to her beloved Paris for an exciting career in heritage architecture

Student Profile

A Remote Internship Offers Next Best Thing to Studying Abroad


Will Andronico Interns with an Irish Magazine during Pandemic-Related Pause on In-Country Programming


A Chat with Maria Arruda


CELOP’s New Managing Director Shares Experiences Living in Egypt, Importance of Fostering Cross Cultural Understanding


International Education Week '21 is Set for Nov. 15-19


Share your IEW events with the BU Community