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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

LIU Global FAQs


1. Is a LIU Global degree program accredited?

Yes. LIU is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104.

2. What are the degrees of your faculty?

Many professors are local and international scholars, or Americans living abroad who have a broad experience in experiential education. Most LIU Global faculty have their Ph.D. or other terminal degree and are specialists in their particular field of study. The professors also serve as academic advisors at each center as well.

3. At which center can I begin my studies?

First-year students begin their studies in our Foundation Year Program at the Costa Rica Center in Heredia.

Transfer students that have more than 24 college credits, may possibly begin their studies at the LIU Global Centers in Costa Rica, Europe, China, or Asia-Pacific Australia. Prospective students are encouraged to speak with an admissions counselor and LIU Global staff to discuss their specific options.

4. Can I visit in person to hear more about options in LIU Global?

You may schedule an appointment with our Admissions Office. Your visit will consist of a conversation with Admissions and LIU Global staff. While most of our students and faculty members are abroad, it will be possible to meet with students either in person or via zoom. Please note: Visiting the campus is not required for admission to LIU Global.

5. How many students enroll in LIU Global each year?

Approximately 30 (or more) new freshman students begin the LIU Global program each fall.  During the fall and spring semesters, we accept transfer and students who would like to study abroad either from LIU or from other Colleges and Universities.

6. What is the LIU Global school year?

LIU Global follows the same calendar school year as any other college/university, with 15 week semesters. The fall semester starts at the end of August/beginning of September and ends at the beginning of December. The spring semester begins mid January and ends at the beginning of May. Students have a winter and   summer break.

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1. How do I apply for admission to LIU Global?  

For admissions information, please, visit

2. Is there an application deadline?

LIU Global enjoys a rolling admissions policy and accepts applications for the spring (January) and fall (September) semesters. Applicants wishing to apply to LIU Global are responsible for submitting a completed application and ensuring that all supplemental materials are received by the Office of Admissions.

3. Do you accept transfer credits? Do I have to start in the first-year program if I transfer?

It is possible to transfer into LIU Global as a freshman, sophomore or junior. LIU Global may accept transfer credits with a grade of "C" or better. If you have more than 24 transferable college credits, it is possible to begin your study at other LIU Global centers. Prospective students are encouraged to speak with an admissions counselor and LIU Global staff person for specific information. 

4. Will you accept a GED?

Individuals who have earned a GED are eligible to apply for admission to LIU Global.

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1. Do I go to one country for four years or different countries every year?

LIU Global students spend their first three years living and learning at the college’s centers in Costa Rica, Europe, China, and Asia-Pacific Australia, acquiring a cross-cultural education that is becoming increasingly valuable in our rapidly globalizing world. The final year of the program begins with the International Research and Internship Semester (IRIS) at an LIU Global center and culminates in a Capstone semester in New York City, where students complete another internship and write a senior thesis before graduating with a B.A. in Global Studies. LIU Global students develop a world confidence through living, traveling and studying in dominant regions around the world.

2. How long can I stay overseas?

Freshmen attend the Costa Rica center for the foundation year, sophomores participate in the Europe Center (Spain in the fall and Italy in the spring), and juniors have the ability to spend a year in China (Shanghai & Beijing and Hong Kong & Taiwan) and/or Asia-Pacific Australia (Fiji & New Zealand and Bali). The fall semester of the senior year is spent completing an international internship and independent research project at an LIU Global center, and the spring semester is spent in New York City, where students complete another internship and write a senior thesis before graduating with a B.A. in Global Studies.

3. What do I major in? What about minors?

All students pursue a B.A in Global Studies, a discipline that investigates the world’s interdependent political, economic, cultural, and ecological systems. Students will be exposed to a variety of subjects including history, anthropology, political science, international relations, languages, humanities, philosophy and religion in a global context. Students may also pursue minors in Arts & Communication, Entrepreneurship, International Relations, and Spanish.

4. Can I earn life experience credits? How do I do that?

Life experience credits can be earned for post high school experiences. Once you matriculate as a LIU Global student you can discuss the possibility of this credit with a faculty advisor. Naturally, you will want to keep very good records of the experiences you have that might result in life experience credits.

5. Do I have to know a foreign language before I enroll?

No. You begin your language studies once you are admitted into the program. If you already know a foreign language that is taught in the program, you will be evaluated and placed in a language course according to your skill.

6. I have a learning disability. Can you accommodate me?

If you are seeking accommodations, contact Student Support Services:  

7. What is the typical enrollment ratio of males and females?

There are more females than males in the program, approximately 65% female.

8. Is LIU Global's student population diverse?

While most of our students are from the United States, there are some students in the program from other countries. Combined they have had a wide array of educational experiences and bring a broad spectrum of insights and ideas to LIU Global's learning communities. 

9. How long does it typically take for a student to graduate?

While there are students who complete their degree in four years, other students approach their studies in different ways. Some accelerate their program and complete their degree in less than four years, while others may take longer.

10. Can I work overseas when I am enrolled in LIU Global?

When overseas, working is not possible. Like the U.S., most countries protect their labor market by restricting employment to local citizens or to foreigners only by permission. However, leadership positions are available at the centers for which students receive an honorarium upon completion of duties.  Note, if students are eligible for work study, they can apply to work on campus once they are back in the U.S. during the semester they are taking classes on the U.S. campus.

11. Can I take courses during the summer? Can I take courses during the summer in other schools?

LIU Global does not offer LIU Global coursework in the summer but students can arrange to take courses either through Long Island University or other colleges/universities that meet LIU criteria as outlined in the bulletin. Whatever you choose to do, you will have the guidance of your Success Coach so you are informed of the correct process to follow.

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1. Do you award scholarships?

Please contact the Office of Admissions at 718-488-1011 or at

2. What kind of financial assistance can I receive if I am not a U.S. citizen?

Please contact the Office of Admissions at 718-488-1011 or


3. Are there external scholarships available?

External scholarships for all students may be found on our scholarship resources page.


4. How much does this program cost? How do the costs change when studying abroad?

Please refer to our Financials page as tuition, fees and other expenses can change from year to year. Tuition and fees are the same for all centers; however, room and board, personal expenses, field travel, international travel, and books vary.

5. Will the costs change from year to year?

It is always possible that there will be a change in tuition and fees. Updates are reflected on our Financials page.

6. How do you help me pay for this program?

If you are able to do so, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at All continuing LIU Global students must also file their FAFSA every year to be considered for aid.

7. What is the best way to access money while overseas?

The best way to access money is using an International ATM Debit/Credit Card. Refer to the vital information contained in specific center handbooks for more information.

8. How does money work in the centers abroad? How do I pay for things?

Students are required to bring money and/or a credit and/or debit card for their personal and book expenses.

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1. What do you do about safety? What if I'm far away from the center? How do we stay in touch?

Safety is our number one priority. We do not hesitate to shift field trips, move students or change programming if we feel that the students are in a dangerous situation. In making these decisions, we follow the U.S. State Department travel warnings which are posted on the State Department website:

When students arrive in a new country, their orientation includes important health and safety information provided by center directors. Students are required to adhere to these instructions and protocols. Overseas students in field studies stay in touch through e-mail, phone calls, Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp, and mail. All students are required to fill out a form listing emergency contacts prior to departure. In addition to these documents, we also keep a copy of your passport and medical clearance form on file and require that you register with the U.S. Embassy in the country of study. Refer to the appropriate center handbook for additional country specific information.

2. What does a center director do in case of medical emergency?

All center directors have identified medical resources and facilities in the center's region. An administrator at each center is on call in case of emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Center directors and the New York Center also retain copies of Medical Clearance and Emergency Contact Forms.

3. Does the center director know where the students are at all times?

Students are expected to keep the center informed of their whereabouts during the semester.

4. What happens if I need to go home?

Students' first point of contact is their academic advisor and center director. LIU Global headquarters in New York will work with the center director to ensure that arrangements and details are handled efficiently.

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1. Will someone meet me when I arrive in another country?

At some centers, students are required to inform the staff of their arrival plans so that arrangements can be made to pick them up at the airport. At other centers, students are given specific instructions to follow for finding their way to the center or accommodations.

2. How are my special eating habits (vegetarian, vegan) or food allergies accommodated abroad?

The staff at the Center can provide guidance for their respective country to navigate dietary needs.  It is, however, up to the student to be proactive to ensure their needs are met.

3. When I live overseas, will you find housing for me? Where will I live overseas?

All housing is arranged prior to arriving at the center. Costa Rica students live in homestays; Europe Program students stay in a combination of hotels, homestays, and shared apartments; China students live in international dorms located on Zhejiang University; students in Asia-Pacific Australia live in house shares. Note:  student accommodations can change over the semester as the program travels. Seniors in the IRIS and Capstone semesters arrange their own housing, however, each center has local resources that may include residential hotels, hostels, religious facilities, house shares or apartments. Students network with others and draw on previous practices. They are always very resourceful in finding places to live.  Capstone students may elect to live on campus in the dorms. Note: during field trips housing will vary.

4. How can my parents contact me when I am abroad?

Once a student is enrolled at a center, they receive a handbook that contains vital information with regard to phone numbers, emergency contacts, addresses, and email communications. Make sure you give a copy of this information to your parents before you leave. You must also travel with a copy of this handbook as well. Communication with parents is quite easy with access to Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp, email, and social networking sites.

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1. What kind of a job can I get with the degree I am working toward?

You will receive a B.A. in Global Studies from LIU Global. This is comparable to any liberal arts degree that can be applied to many different areas of employment. LIU Global students often choose to go on for an advanced degree or to enter directly into many fields of employment. They are teachers, social workers, journalists, psychologists, lawyers, doctors, alternative health care practitioners, and artists, and more. Many have started their own businesses.

2. Can I get into graduate school with a degree from LIU Global?

By all means, consider graduate school. Many LIU Global graduates continue on to graduate school directly after graduation. Our graduates have gone on to pursue graduate studies at schools like Columbia University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California-Berkeley, the School for International Training and other top-notch schools. Alumni have received the Clinton Fellowship, Pew Award, MacArthur Grants, Marshall Scholarships, the Truman Award and Fulbright Fellowships.

3. Does LIU Global assist with job placement?

Yes! During the Capstone Semester students complete an internship in their field of interest giving the student professional references and real-life work experience. Students continue to be offered positions based on their internship performance. In addition, workshops featuring resume writing, cover letter presentation, mock interviews and interviewing skills as well as job search counseling are provided through advising sessions and seminars.

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