Office of International Programs

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.
  • Have questions and would like a student perspective on doing a GLISP? Meet with a GLISP peer advisor (for 2018-19, Makedah Hughes; email Students can email the GLISP peer advisor directly to set up an appointment. 

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