One of the great challenges facing any college or university that desires to strengthen the international component of its education and research programs is to bring students and faculty together in meaningful exercises that empower both to think globally. For years, Brown’s Office of International Programs (OIP) has offered credit-bearing study abroad opportunities to undergraduates. While tremendously valuable, these experiences, more often than not, truncate – at least temporarily – the student/faculty collaborative partnership at Brown. Academics and education abroad practitioners alike have consequently asked themselves if there might be a way to simultaneously integrate the academic experiences of students who are abroad into the intellectual life of the campus here in Providence.
To this end, Brown is pleased to announce The Global Independent Study Project, a new dimension to its traditional study abroad programming aimed at facilitating seamless and meaningful student/faculty collaboration beyond College Hill to include all five continents. Students going abroad for semester and academic year programs are encouraged to work with Brown faculty to develop global independent study projects that complement and significantly enhance their regular programs of study abroad. These projects, where possible, are tied to the students’ respective concentrations and reflect the University’s consideration that study abroad is not an interlude between semesters at Brown but an integral part of the “Brown experience.”