PIIRS Global Seminars
PIIRS Global Seminars offer undergraduates an opportunity to explore the international dimensions of their academic interests, build skills and become global citizens through a unique program of study. Students spend six weeks in the country and city at the heart of the seminar’s subject matter, led by Princeton faculty and by instructors from the host university and other local institutions. Daily lectures by seminar faculty and guests, language classes, weekend excursions to sites relevant to the course and community service comprise the course prospectus.
The seminars are open to Princeton freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Students earn credit for one University course. Summer internships can sometimes be added to the seminars for a truly unique international experience.
Global Seminars are made possible by PIIRS funding. In 2007 PIIRS launched Global Seminars with the collaboration of the Office of International Programs in an effort to increase study abroad opportunities for Princeton undergraduates while encouraging service. To date, more than 600 undergraduates have participated in summer seminars in locations such as Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Europe, the Near East and South America.
“PIIRS Global Seminars are brilliant learning experiences. Taught by some of Princeton’s best faculty and sited in unforgettable locales, they enable students to inhabit the cultures and environments that they study. The results are magical, generating insights, inspiring interests, and forging connections that will last a lifetime. I wish that every Princeton student could take a global seminar—indeed, I wish that I could take one myself!”
— Christopher L. Eisgruber, President, Princeton University