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Global Independent Study Project (GLISP)

Brown's Global Independent Study Project (GLISP) allows Brown students going abroad through any semester or year-long program to pursue a directed independent research project for credit. Such courses capitalize on resources in the host country that are not available in Providence. Students create the course under the guidance of a Brown faculty sponsor and bear primary responsibility for developing a course syllabus, a bibliography, and a compelling rationale for the study.

"The GLISP has been an absolutely integral part of my semester and has given it real meaning and focus." — Returned GLISP student

Global Independent Studies Quick Links

  • Before submitting an Global Independent Study Project (GLISP) Application, please read thoroughly the Student Frequently Asked Questions 
  • Application Materials - Find instructions for submitting the GLISP Application and supporting documents in the Related Files section at the bottom of this page.
  • Faculty Frequently Asked Questions everything faculty would want to know about being a GLISP advisor/sponsor (we recommend you review this with your intended sponsor).
  • Past GLISP projects  - Check the list of approved GLISPs since 2009. 
  • Sample GLISP proposals - Not sure what needs to be included in your application? Read through sample GLISP proposals (here and here) from students who successfully completed a GLISP as part of their semester abroad.
  • Deadlines (for students studying abroad on programs during Spring 2020):

November 1, 2019  

Early Submission Deadline - Global Independent Study Project (GLISP)

Early submissions are highly encouraged to allow students time to revise proposals if needed before being reviewed by the GLISP committee. All GLISP proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on November 8 (final proposal submission deadline)

November 8, 2019

Final  Submission Deadline - Global Independent Study Project (GLISP)

Early submissions are highly encouraged to allow students time to revise proposals if needed before being reviewed by the GLISP committee. All GLISP proposals must be received by 5 p.m. (final proposal submission deadline)

  • Have questions and would like a student perspective on doing a GLISP? Meet with our GLISP peer advisor (for 2019 – 20, Jennifer Osborne). Starting in September, students can email the GLISP peer advisor directly to set up an appointment.

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