About the PIIRS Global Seminars
The PIIRS Global Seminars provide undergraduates with 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 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 are made possible by PIIRS funding and organization. The 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 while also encouraging service. To date, more than 500 undergraduates have participated in summer seminars on far-reaching topics in Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Europe, the Near East, and South America.
The seminars are open to Princeton freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Students earn credit for one University course.
“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