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What is LIU Global?
LIU Global of Long Island University is the only Global Studies program in the nation that integrates a series of year-long cultural immersions into a progressive, four-year Bachelor of Arts degree. During its 47-year history, LIU Global (previously the Friends World Program) has established itself as one of the nation’s leading experiential education programs, providing an individualized international experience as well as a broad-based liberal arts education from one of the largest, most comprehensive private universities in the country. Students study at our centers and programs in Costa Rica, India, China, Australia and Brooklyn and have the options of participating in the traveling as well as the Comparative Religion & Culture (CRC) program that goes to Taiwan, Thailand, India and Turkey. It is also possible to study abroad with us for a semester or a full year, or participate in our Summer Program in Costa Rica. Our contemporary curriculum is based on global issues, active participation, cross-cultural understanding and independent studies.
LIU Global is a discrete educational entity of Long Island University, with its own course content, faculty, staff, graduation requirements and internal governance procedures. Long Island University 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.
LIU Global students pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies. Global Studies is the interdisciplinary study of global issues from multiple cultural perspectives and the development of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to interact effectively across cultures. 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. Although all students graduate with the same major, it is possible to create an area of concentration based on work conducted in independent studies.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
LIU Global of Long Island University offers a variety of aid consisting of federal, state and campus-based monies. Merit scholarships are available. They are based on previous academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community service, leadership experience and international experience/exposure. All LIU Global students are required to file the FAFSA if they would like to be considered for aid including LIU Global merit-based scholarships.
As a global education program, LIU Global has a great deal of experience in offering programming in a great variety of venues. For instance, the Comparative Religion and Culture Program alone has engaged in programming in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Italy, Greece, Israel and Turkey. Together our centers have experience in supervising student work in dozens of countries. There is simply no reason to travel to areas that are unsafe when there are so many other fine options available to us.
LIU Global follows the State Department’s advice in all its announcements, advisories and warnings. See the link to the State Department’s general travel information: travel.state.gov/. Also see the link to the State Department’s site for Students Abroad: http://travel.state.gov/travel/travel_5921.html. We do not go to areas the State Department considers unsafe. Directors of all of our centers abroad and all administrative personnel in the U.S.A. are asked to subscribe to the State Department advisory e-mail list and are notified daily of new State Department announcements. All of our students are registered with the U.S. Embassy in the country of residence abroad.
The U.S. State Department is not our only source of information on safety. We have local personnel in each country who monitor events at the local level and advise us on safety issues. In general, our safety and evacuation decisions are more conservative than that of the State Department. We have taken action to remove students in advance of State Department warnings and we have relocated field trips in the absence of State Department announcements. We have experience setting up programs all over the world and are able to do so at very short notice. The safety of our students is our number one priority.
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