News from Global Programs

This autumn we are excited to be celebrating Boston University’s 12th Annual International Education Week, running November 6th – 10th. We hope to see you at the many events taking place across the University as a part of the annual joint initiative of the US Departments of State and Education to foster the benefits of international exchange and education, and when our community takes a moment to highlight and share the various ways in which BU engages globally.


In this issue, we share a few stories spotlighting a sample of our students’ successes and experiences. From BU Study Abroad alumni running Australia’s leading social media agency, to a recent graduate helping immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs, to students studying classical and graffiti art in Madrid, there are myriad ways BU students and alumni make a global impact and expand their world view.


We are delighted to see continued interest by students in our Study Abroad programs post-pandemic and a strong desire by many in our community to actively engage throughout the world. In Boston, BU is again host to another record number of international students for the University, and our International Peer Mentor Program offered to help first year undergraduate international students transition successfully to BU is off to another great start.


Finally, if your work or academic pursuits will be taking you abroad, please read our new section on travel tips for helpful safety information provided by our partner International SOS. We hope you enjoy this issue of Global Matters.


Willis G. Wang
Associate Provost for Global Programs

Collage of materials and images from IEW

IEW Through the Years


BU Celebrates IEW for 12 Years and Counting – A Visual Time Capsule

students holding art
International Education

When Museums & Street Art Tours are the Classroom


Madrid Students Analyze Classical and Modern Art, Try Stenciling at Street Art Workshop

Global Connections

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


Maria Gorskikh’s Nonprofit Helps Immigrant & Refugee Entrepreneurs Realize their Dreams

Gina Lednyak and Elena Fullerton smiling with glasses of wine in front of a canal
Study Abroad Alumni Profiles

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


For 11 years, Gina Lednyak and Elena Fullerton Have Built a Successful Business Abroad Together

Nat Mak looking into the distance
Study Abroad Alumni Profiles

Dublin Internship Offers COM Student Portfolio-Building Opportunity and More


Bylines in GCN Magazine are Just the Start of Nat Mak’s Experience Interning Abroad

Travel Tips

Traveling Abroad? Learn More about International SOS & Staying Safe


International SOS Provides Health, Safety and Security Assistance Services to Travelers Abroad on BU Business and Students Studying Abroad

International Exchange

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


Global Programs Hosted Two Pakistani Women Students

IEW Calendar