GLISP Overview

Global Independent Studies help integrate undergraduates' study abroad experience with the Brown curriculum. They create opportunities for student/faculty interaction that reflect collaborative learning at its best.


How GLISPs Work
  • Students seek out on-campus Brown faculty with teaching or research experience in their proposed overseas study destinations
  • Students design proposals for Global Independent Study Projects that include project goals, a syllabus and course calendar, a bibliography, and a timeline for regular communication with their Brown faculty mentors
  • Students and faculty identify resources in the host country--such as archives, museums, on-site experts in given disciplines, cultural events, and NGOs--that are unavailable in Providence
  • The proposal clearly defines required assignments and describes how student work will be assessed 
Student Outcomes
  • Students receive academic credit equivalent to one Brown course for their GLISPs.
  • The GLISP can establish a foundation for continued work in the senior year, including senior capstones and honors theses.
  • Particularly noteworthy GLISP projects are showcased on campus the year following the study abroad experience.