LIU Global FAQs
1. Is a LIU Global degree program accredited?
LIU Global is a discrete educational entity of LIU, with its own course content, faculty, staff, graduation requirements and internal governance procedures. LIU is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, (215) 662-5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education Accreditation. The degree and certificate programs also are approved and registered by the New York State Department of Education.
2. What are the degrees of your faculty?
Many professors are local and international scholars, or Americans living abroad who have a broad experience in experiential education. Most LIU Global faculty have their Ph.D. or other terminal degree and are specialists in their particular field of study. The professors also serve as academic advisors at each center as well.
3. At which center can I begin my studies?
First-year students begin their studies in our Foundation Year Program at the Costa Rica Center in Heredia.
For transfer students: If you have more than 24 college credits, it may be possible to begin your studies at the LIU Global Centers and Programs in Costa Rica, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific or Australia. Prospective students are encouraged to speak with an admissions counselor to discuss their specific options.
4. Can I visit in person to hear more about options in LIU Global?
You may schedule an appointment with our Admissions Office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Your visit will consist of a conversation with Admissions staff and LIU Global staff. While most of our students and faculty members are abroad, it might be possible to meet with students currently studying at the New York Center. Please note: Visiting the campus is not required for admission to LIU Global.
5. How many students enroll in LIU Global each year?
Approximately 30-40 new freshman students begin the LIU Global program each fall and 5-10 transfer and/or visiting students (study abroad) begin each fall and spring.
6. What is the LIU Global school year?
LIU Global follows the same calendar school year as any other college/university, with 15 week semesters. The fall semester starts at the beginning of September and ends at the beginning of December. The spring semester begins at the end of January and ends at the beginning of May. Students have an approximately 5-week winter break and a 4-month summer break. Students are free to return home or travel abroad during their breaks. The Europe and Asia-Pacific Australia programs operate on slightly different calendars.
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1. How do I apply for admission to LIU Global?
Freshman Students: You can choose to apply either through the Common Application (search for Long Island University Brooklyn Campus and choose Global Studies major on the supplemental form) or by submitting a hard copy of the application.
Transfer Students: You can choose to apply either online (free) or by submitting a hard copy ($50 fee) of the application. It is important to note that the online application must be completed in one sitting. We recommend gathering all necessary information before starting on your application. Please be sure to use your correct, legal name.
International Applicants: You can choose to apply either online (free) or by submitting a hard copy ($50 fee) of the application. Official transcripts must be translated and evaluate when applicable. Students must also submit an official score report from TOEFL or IELTS. Letters of recommendation must be submitted on official letterhead. All international applicants must submit the application and supplemental documents by May 1 for a September admission or October 1 for a January admission.
In addition to the application form, all students (Freshman, International, and Transfer) must submit an essay, two letters of recommendation and official transcripts. Letters of recommendation must be submitted on official letterhead. We accept students on a rolling basis throughout the year. You should receive a decision within two weeks of completing your application.
Application Fee: There is a $50 application fee for paper applications mailed to the LIU Global office.
2. Is there an application deadline?
LIU Global enjoys a rolling admissions policy and accepts applications for the spring (January) and fall (September) semesters. Applicants wishing to apply to LIU Global are responsible for submitting a completed application and ensuring that all supplemental materials are received by the Office of Admissions.
3. Do you accept transfer credits? Do I have to start in the first-year program if I transfer?
It is possible to transfer into LIU Global as a freshman, sophomore or junior. LIU Global accepts transfer credits with a grade of "C" or better. If you have more than 24 transferable college credits, it is possible to begin your study at other LIU Global centers and programs in addition to the Costa Rica program. Prospective students are encouraged to speak with a counselor for specific information. Transfer students must complete a transfer application and submit official transcripts as well as two letters of recommendation.
4. Will you accept a GED? What is the minimum acceptable score?
Individuals who have earned a GED are eligible to apply for admission to LIU Global. The acceptable score for entry into LIU Global is 250. You may be eligible for scholarships with a GED if your scores are high enough to meet our criteria.
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1. Do I go to one country for four years or different countries every year?
LIU Global students spend their first three years living and learning at the college’s centers and programs in Costa Rica, China, Europe, Asia-Pacific and/or Australia, acquiring a cross-cultural education that is becoming increasingly valuable in our rapidly globalizing world. The final year of the program begins with the International Research and Internship Semester (IRIS) at an LIU Global center or program of the student’s choice and culminates in a Capstone semester in New York City, where students complete another internship and write a senior thesis before graduating with a B.A. in Global Studies. LIU Global students develop a world confidence through living, traveling and studying in dominant regions around the world.
2. How long can I stay overseas?
Freshmen attend the Costa Rica center for the foundation year, sophomores participate in the Europe Program (Spain in the fall and Italy in the spring), and juniors have the ability to spend a year in China and/or Asia-Pacific Australia (Fiji, Australia, Thailand and Bali). Students are encouraged to speak with their advisor to discuss their specific options. The fall semester of the senior year is spent completing an international internship and independent research project in an LIU GLobal center/program, and the spring semester in spent in New York City, where students complete another internship and write a senior thesis before graduating with a B.A. in Global Studies.
3. What do I major in? What about minors?
All students pursue a B.A in Global Studies, a discipline that investigates the world’s interdependent political, economic, cultural, and ecological systems. Students will be exposed to a variety of subjects including history, anthropology, political science, international relations, languages, humanities, philosophy and religion in a global context. Students may also pursue minors in International Relations, Social Entrepreneurship, and Arts & Communication.
4. Can I earn life experience credits? How do I do that?
Life experience credits can be earned for post high school experiences. Once you matriculate as a LIU Global student you can discuss the possibility of this credit with a faculty advisor. Naturally, you will want to keep very good records of the experiences you have that might result in life experience credits.
5. Do I have to know a foreign language before I enroll?
No. You can begin your language studies once you are admitted into the program. If you already know a foreign language, you will be evaluated and placed in a language course according to your skill.
6. I have a learning disability. Can you accommodate me?
Yes. Applicants should discuss their needs with the Admissions Office in order to determine whether specific accommodations can be made. LIU Global students do extensive reading and writing but test taking is not a major part of the requirements of LIU Global coursework. However, testing or evaluation may be a component of language courses. This can be a relief to some students with disabilities. Due to the dialogic nature of the program, combined with advising, students find our approach helpful in applying themselves to their studies.
7. What is the typical enrollment ratio of males and females?
There are more females than males in the program, approximately 65% female.
8. Is LIU Global's student population diverse?
While most of our students are from the United States, there are some students in the program from other countries. Combined they have had a wide array of educational experiences and bring a broad spectrum of insights and ideas to LIU Global's learning communities.
9. What is the average age of a first-year student?
While many LIU Global students come directly from high school, it is not unusual for students to begin their studies with LIU Global in their twenties. Some students participate in service/training programs such as AmeriCorps (where they can earn scholarship money for college), travel, earn money for college or take college courses elsewhere prior to enrolling in LIU Global.
10. How long does it typically take for a student to graduate?
While there are students who complete their degree in four years, other students approach their studies in different ways. Some accelerate their program and complete their degree in less than four years, while others may take longer.
11. Are all of the centers run by Americans?
No. In the case of most centers, academic and administrative personnel in the different centers are generally native to the country where the center is located. However, they all are employees of LIU Global.
12. Can I work overseas when I am enrolled in LIU Global?
When overseas, working is not possible. Like the U.S., most countries protect their labor market by restricting employment to local citizens or to foreigners only by permission. However, paid leadership positions are available at the centers.
13. Can I take courses during the summer? Can I take courses during the summer in other schools?
LIU Global does not offer LIU Global coursework for its matriculated students in the summer but you can arrange to take courses either through Long Island University or other colleges/universities. Whatever you choose to do, you will have the guidance of your advisor, so you are informed of the correct process to follow.
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1. Do you award scholarships?
LIU Global offers merit-based scholarships to students who possess superior academic qualifications, strong record of community service, demonstrated leadership skills and international experience/exposure. LIU Global students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are considered for all federal and state, need-based financial aid programs such as grants, work-study and loans as well as the merit scholarships above.
2. What is the maximum amount I can receive in merit scholarships once I am accepted into the program?
Merit scholarships are determined during the application process before students enter the program. LIU Global students may also qualify for an additional LIU Global Award on a funds-available basis.
3. What kind of financial assistance can I receive if I am not a U.S. citizen?
LIU Global offers merit scholarships to Permanent Residents of the U.S. (Green Card holders), who possess superior academic qualifications and have a strong record of community service. International students are not eligible for merit scholarships or U.S. federal or state, need-based funds. Additional external scholarships for all students may be found on our scholarship resources page.
4. How much does this program cost? How do the costs change when studying abroad?
Please refer to Enrollment Services as tuition, fees and other expenses can change from year to year. The cost sheet is updated yearly. Tuition and fees are the same for all centers and programs however; room and board, personal expenses, field travel, international travel and books vary. Check with the Admissions Office for current figures.
5. Will the costs change from year to year?
It is always possible that there will be a change in tuition and fees, usually in the summer, prior to the beginning of the new semester. The estimated cost sheet is prepared using the vital information collected by centers. If those estimates reflect a significant change, we will pass that information on to students and their families. It also is possible that the currency in another country can fluctuate without warning and that may affect cost as well.
6. How do you help me pay for this program?
Remember to file a timely Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which can be accessed from the Internet (www.fafsa.ed.gov). Though the information on the FAFSA does not affect the amount of merit scholarship you will be awarded, a FAFSA must be filed in order to be eligible to receive merit scholarships. No aid will be awarded if the FAFSA is not submitted. All continuing LIU Global students must also file their FAFSA every year to be considered for aid.
7. What is the best way to access money?
The best way to access money is using an International ATM Debit/Credit Card. Refer to the vital information contained in specific center handbooks for more information.
8. How does money work in the centers abroad? How do I pay for things?
Students are required to bring money for their personal, field travel and book expenses. The university bill for tuition and fees will also reflect charges for room and board, with the exception of the Capstone semester.
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1. What do you do about safety? What if I'm far away from the center? How do we stay in touch?
Safety is our number one priority. We do not hesitate to shift field trips, move students or change programs if we feel that the students are in a dangerous situation. In making these decisions, we follow the U.S. State Department travel warnings which are posted on the State Department website: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html.
When students arrive in a new country, their orientation includes important health and safety information provided by center/program directors. Students are required to adhere to these instructions and protocols. Overseas students in field studies stay in touch through e-mail, phone calls, Skype and mail. All students are required to fill out a form listing emergency contacts prior to departure. In addition to these documents, we also keep a copy of your passport and medical records on file and require that you register with the U.S. Embassy in the country of study. Refer to the appropriate center/program handbook for additional country specific information.
2. What does a center/program director do in case of medical emergency?
All center/program directors have identified medical resources and facilities in the center's region. An administrator at each center/program is on call in case of emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students must carry their important medical papers with them in order to facilitate medical attention when needed. Center/Program directors and the New York Center also retain copies of Medical Clearance and Emergency Contact Forms.
3. Does the center/program director know where the students are at all times?
Students are expected to keep the center informed of their whereabouts during the semester.
4. When students are interning in other regional areas, do they travel alone? Will other students be nearby?
Students may choose, with their advisor's approval, to go to other regions of a particular country. Internship arrangements are made in accordance with center/program requirements and the student's Learning Plan. These arrangements include safety precautions. However, students can elect to stay near the center and continue their work. Students often plan to live together in other regions where they are conducting their studies and research.
5. What happens if I need to go home?
Students' first point of contact is their academic advisor and center/program director. LIU Global headquarters in New York will work with the center/program director to ensure that arrangements and details are handled efficiently.
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1. Will someone meet me when I arrive in another country?
At some centers/programs, students are required to inform the staff of their arrival plans so that arrangements can be made to pick them up at the airport. At other centers/program, students are given specific instructions to follow for finding their way to the center or accommodations.
2. How are my special eating habits (vegetarian, vegan) or food allergies accommodated abroad?
Students need to take their dietary restrictions into consideration when planning their studies. It is always a good idea to check with other students who have studied at regional centers to get an idea of how they maintained their special diets abroad. The Admissions staff will help you secure this information. Students living in homestays can indicate their preferences when arrangements are being made.
3. When I live overseas, will you find housing for me? Where will I live overseas?
All housing is arranged prior to arriving at the center/program. Costa Rica students live in homestays; Europe Program students stay in a combination of hotels, homestays, and shared apartments; China students live in international dorms located on Zhejiang University; students in Australia live in house shares. In the case of the Asia-Pacific Program, student accommodations will change over the semester as the program travels. Seniors in the IRIS and Capstone semesters arrange their own housing, however, each center/program has local resources that may include residential hotels, hostels, religious facilities, house shares or apartments. Students network with others and draw on previous practices. They are always very resourceful in finding places to live.
4. How can my parents contact me when I am abroad?
Once a student is enrolled at a center/program, they receive a handbook that contains vital information with regard to phone numbers, emergency contacts, addresses, and email communications. Make sure you give a copy of this information to your parents before you leave. You must also travel with a copy of this handbook as well. Communication with parents is quite easy with access to Skype, email and social networking sites.
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1. What kind of a job can I get with the degree I am working toward?
You will receive a B.A. in Global Studies from LIU Global. This is comparable to any liberal arts degree that can be applied to many different areas of employment. LIU Global students often choose to go on for an advanced degree or to enter directly into many fields of employment. They are teachers, social workers, journalists, psychologists, lawyers, alternative health care practitioners, and artists. Many have chosen to work in the field of international relations or politics. Many have started their own businesses. Students have gone to graduate school, law school, and some have gone to medical school.
2. Can I get into graduate school with a degree from LIU Global?
By all means, consider graduate school. Fifty percent of LIU Global graduates continue on to graduate school directly after graduation. Our graduates have gone on to pursue graduate studies at schools like Columbia University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California-Berkeley, the School for International Training and other top-notch schools. Alumni have received the Pew Award, MacArthur Grants, Marshall Scholarships, the Truman Award and Fulbright Fellowships.
3. Does LIU Global assist with job placement?
Yes! During the Capstone Semester students complete an internship in their field of interest for at least 10 hours per week giving the student professional references and real-life work experience. Students continue to be offered positions based on their internship performance. In addition, workshops featuring resume writing, cover letter presentation, mock interviews and interviewing skills as well as job search counseling are provided through advising sessions and seminars. Seminar sessions on Intercultural Communication and general Intercultural Competencies help students progress further in this area of expertise. Both workshops and seminars are required for graduation.
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