Princeton University aims to meet the challenges of globalization in a way that is both vigorous and consistent with traditions and practices that define Princeton’s scholarly community.
The faculty governance board that oversees the University’s international initiatives is the Council for International Teaching and Research. Among its responsibilities, the council oversees several Princeton grant programs that support international academic initiatives, reviews and approves new international programs and collaborations, oversees the University’s strategic partnerships with the University of Tokyo, Humboldt University and the University of São Paulo, and monitors the University’s progress in meeting its international goals. Through linkages and networks promoted and overseen by the council, Princeton’s international engagements can evolve and adapt to the ever-shifting priorities and advances in teaching and research. In this fashion, the University enhances its mission of providing outstanding educational opportunities on campus while projecting its strengths abroad.
Princeton undergraduates have opportunities to incorporate international experiences and perspectives into all parts of their Princeton careers. Incoming students have the opportunity to take a “bridge year,” postponing their coursework for a year to engage in an international service experience that emphasizes cultural immersion. Throughout their time at Princeton, all undergraduates have opportunities to: study or conduct research abroad during the academic year, breaks or the summer; participate in international internships; study 21 modern languages; take courses on international and regional topics; and participate in on-campus intercultural programs.
Upon graduation, students have the option of participating in Princeton-affiliated international service internships and fellowships. Graduate students have opportunities to participate in international exchange programs, conduct research abroad and collaborate with global scholars and visiting international faculty who are recognized leaders in their fields.