A Global Perspective

Princeton international initiatives connect scholars and students around the world, extending Princeton’s reach and infusing the campus with perspectives vital to preparing students to be citizens and leaders of an increasingly global society.

Bridge Year student in Ghana

Students who wish to work or study abroad have many choices. The Global Seminars Initiative sends undergraduates around the world, led by a faculty member, to immerse themselves in a culture they are studying. Bridge Year allows incoming freshmen to defer their arrival on campus for a year to work on public service projects abroad while they live with a local family and participate in the life of the community. The international internship program matches students with internships as disparate as working for a health clinic in Sierra Leone or with a traveling social-justice theater group in Chiapas, Mexico. And the study abroad program provides an important complement to on-campus studies through accredited courses that range from engineering in Spain to zoology in New Zealand.

All of these initiatives help students improve their language skills while learning to navigate unfamiliar cultures and broaden their view of the world, gaining insights that they share with their classmates when they return to campus.

There are also opportunities for faculty members to work with their counterparts around the world. The Princeton Global Collaborative Networks, now active in more than 20 countries, foster collaborative research projects on topics  that range from Franz Kafka and exoplanets to East Asian security and migrant youth. The Global Scholars Program brings the world’s top scholars to Princeton for multi-year teaching appointments, building enduring ties between the University and their home institutions.

Preparing Leaders, Shaping Policy

Woodrow Wilson SchoolThe many programs of the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs help prepare students for leadership in an interconnected world while supporting research that has both national and international impact. Social scientists in the Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy are helping policy makers better understand human decision making and behavior. The Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance is home to research and teaching designed to improve the creation of public policies that affect financial institutions. The students, scholars, and practitioners working with the Center for Health and Wellbeing address the complex factors that impact public health in this nation and abroad. And the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative encourages talented students to pursue careers in the federal government.