Princeton brings the world to the classroom through a diverse range of academic opportunities. Students are encouraged to connect with global issues in the courses they study and to take every advantage of the avenues open to them to heighten their own international understanding.
International Topics Courses
A global perspective is woven throughout the curriculum at Princeton. Each year, academic departments and programs offer internationally focused topics in the classroom, and even overseas. For example, students studying tropical ecology might conduct field work in Panama, and students of art and archaeology might engage in summertime archaeological excavations at ancient sites in Europe and the Middle East. Explore the course catalog in your area of interest.
Several departments, certificate programs, and interdisciplinary centers and initiatives focus on area studies, from languages and cultures to international affairs to the study of particular regions. Refer to Princeton's academic disciplines for information about the range of options.
Studying languages opens doors to other cultures and perspectives. Each year, approximately 20 modern languages are taught at Princeton.
With more than 70 freshman seminars offered each year, new Princeton students can select from a range of topics, many with an international focus.
Visiting Faculty and Lecturers
Scholars representing a broad range of knowledge about the world visit campus each year to teach, conduct research and present lectures or engage in other events. Specifically, the Global Scholars Program enables the University to recruit stellar scholars from outside the United States into recurring, multi-year teaching appointments at Princeton in all disciplines and regional studies programs. The scholars are incorporated into departments’ and programs’ curricula and events, and engage in scholarly exchange with Princeton faculty and students. Students and the entire campus community benefit from a full calendar of such diverse opportunities.