Office of International Programs

GLISP Application Process/Steps

Choose a Topic

First, you need an idea.  Pursue a topic or subject that you want to spend time exploring.  

Find a Faculty Mentor

Identify potential faculty sponsors early in your process - professors tend to plan their semesters well in advance of students, and finding a faculty mentor is required. Based on your interest, seek out on-campus Brown faculty with teaching or research experience in your proposed overseas study destination. To jump-start this process, review Brown faculty who have demonstrated expertise in the country or topic through teaching, research or a combination of both.  Faculty Research Interests may help you identify potential mentors. 

Create a Project Proposal

Once you have a topic and a faculty mentor, schedule an appointment with an OIP advisor to discuss your ideas and your proposal, which must include a syllabus, a bibliography, and a full project description.

Submit your GLISP Application to the OIP. 

Receive Academic Credit

Upon successfully completing the Global Independent Study Project, you will receive one Brown course credit. The remainder of your course load abroad will be completed by courses taken through the study abroad sponsor institution.

For specific questions regarding GLISPs, see Frequently Asked Questions. You can also contact the OIP to speak to a study abroad advisor or peer advisor. Independent Studies coordinators at the Curricular Resource Center (CRC), Room 228, Campus Center can provide advice on independent study projects, including GLISPs.

"I completed a GLISP on early medieval Irish literature. It was well worth the time and effort. I was pushed to access resources unique to Ireland that I would not have otherwise. Trinity has an incredible library, and I spent many hours pursuing the world of early medieval Ireland...Ultimately, the project allowed me to more profoundly engage with the Irish landscape." - Christopher Thompson, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

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