A Diverse Population

As a university with a strong reputation for scholarly contribution and research, BU is proud to welcome students from all 50 US states, more than 100 countries (in fact, our international student population is among the largest in the US), and wide variety of ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Need further proof? Forbes ranked BU #7 on their list of best US colleges for international students, and Open Doors has ranked BU #10 on its list of campuses with the most international students.

Students apply to BU from around the world:

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Sharing Culture

Cultural organizations, such as the Boston University International Society, Mexican Students Association (Mexas at BU), and the Saudi Cultural Club provide a chance to celebrate heritage and share with others through performances, lectures, and food. The Howard Thurman Center offers a place for cultures to mingle and share, while Global Programs hosts International Education Week and other events.

Even BU’s dining choices are part of the exchange, featuring foods from around the world, including cuisine inspired by Indian and Chinese traditions.

Global Research and Study

From the African Studies Center to the Tropical Ecology Center to the Department of International Relations, BU’s students, professors, and researchers focus their efforts on issues around the world. All of our 17 schools and colleges are involved in global activities, combining with our research centers to make more than 400 ventures in over 90 countries and Antarctica. On top of that, we have 2,600 undergraduate students studying abroad in 21 countries around the world.

Pardee School of Global Studies

The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies is dedicated to advancing human progress and improving the human condition through rigorous and creative undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; path-breaking research; and active engagement in innovative projects that apply this education and knowledge to make a real-world difference in the critical challenges humanity faces.