ACADEMICS


LIU Global is the only college in the world that combines full-time immersion into foreign countries and cultures with structured classroom instruction, field study, internships, and community service for a rewarding, experiential, and one-of-a-kind four-year Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies.

The curriculum integrates classroom learning with real-world experience from day one, emphasizing development of global leadership skills. Central to the program is language immersion and studying cultural, geographic, environmental, and political aspects of key regions of the world.

Key components of the curriculum include:

  • Area studies to familiarize students with the social, historical, political, and cultural background of each host nation.
  • Gaining language proficiency and cross-cultural sensitivity through immersion in foreign environments.
  • Developing firsthand awareness of multiple cultural perspectives on government, society, economics, ethics, religion, customs, and the environment and the worldwide impact of these crucial issues.
  • Studying with instructors who are experts in their field and conducting cutting-edge research with real-world application.
  • Overcoming communications obstacles, taking initiative, managing responsibilities, and practical problem solving in environments where your efforts make a real difference.
  • Building confidence and experience through internships at public service organizations, independent fieldwork sites, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Making connections with prestigious international organizations and influencers across the globe.
  • Participating in LIU Global learning community through collaborative projects, service, field trips, and a world-renowned Model United Nations program.
  • Learning to implement solutions to affect change and advance a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.

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Minors

Enhance your academic foundation with a minor specifically designed to enable you to become a socially responsible professional in an international context. 

  • Entrepreneurship – Students study the central role that small businesses and grassroots social and political organizations play in economic and social development throughout the world.
  • International Relations – Students study the factors that shape international political and economic systems, specifically the interactions among governments, international organizations, and the NGO and corporate sectors.
  • World Arts and Cultures – Through the study of human cultures and experiences through lenses of the visual, literary, and performing arts, students learn to understand, analyze, and critique a wide range of traditions from around the world.

Locations

Nations where LIU Global students learn, live, and travel include: China, Spain, Italy, Costa Rica, India, Thailand, Turkey, Morocco, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Bali, and Australia. During the fall term of the final year, students will choose the LIU Global Center location of their choice—Costa Rica, Spain, China, Australia, and New York—and engage in a professional internship and independent study project on a local manifestation of a global issue that will form the basis for the senior thesis. In the spring semester of their final year, all students participate in a Capstone course in New York City, where they complete their senior thesis project. See Academic Itinerary locations by year.

Internships

Service learning is a cornerstone of the LIU Global education. Students begin participating in field work on day one and continue to build real-world experience through internships at the world's top international organizations throughout their bachelor's program. LIU Global students typically complete at least four internships during their study. Here are just some recent Internship placements.

Career Opportunities

The LIU Global curriculum is a one-of-a-kind experiential education designed to prepare students—personally, intellectually, and professionally—for careers as leaders in many areas of the increasingly interconnected worldwide economy. Whether they go on to work in governmental diplomacy or policy, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like the Red Cross or Greenpeace, or negotiate major deals for multinational private businesses, our graduates are globally literate problem solvers who can effectively communicate and collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds, with distinct values and priorities, in different contexts.

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