About the Global Seminars
The Global Seminars provide undergraduates with an opportunity to explore the international dimensions of their academic interests 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 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 make up the course prospectus.
The Global Seminars initiative was launched by PIIRS in collaboration with the Office of International Programs in 2007 in an effort to increase study abroad opportunities for Princeton undergraduates. To date, more than 400 undergraduates have participated in summer seminars on far-reaching topics in Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Europe, the Near East, and South America.
The seminar is open to Princeton freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Students earn credit for one University course.
“Led by dedicated and talented Princeton faculty, the Global Seminar Program offers our students a unique perspective on the world by pursuing scholarly questions within the societies that have given rise to them. From Kyoto to Rio de Janeiro, from Rome to Accra, our students have an opportunity to immerse themselves in other cultures and, through community service projects associated with the program, to share their knowledge with their hosts while learning from them. If I were a student at Princeton, there’s nothing I would rather do in the summer of my freshman or sophomore year than enroll in a Global Seminar.”
— Shirley M. Tilghman, President, Princeton University