Princeton aims to meet the challenges of globalization in a way that is both vigorous and consistent with practices that define the University’s scholarly community.
Undergraduates are able to incorporate international experiences and perspectives into their Princeton careers. Incoming students have the opportunity to take a “bridge year,” postponing coursework for a year to engage in service. All undergraduates have opportunities to study or conduct research abroad; participate in international internships or service opportunities; study languages; take courses on international and regional topics; and participate in intercultural programs. Upon graduation, students have the option of participating in Princeton-affiliated international service programs and connecting onward to careers abroad.
Graduate students also participate in international exchange programs, conduct research abroad, and collaborate with global scholars. Master’s and Ph.D. candidates often engage in international field research, consultancies and practicums that help to launch the next phase of their research and work.
In addition to extensive, curiosity-driven faculty engagement across the world, many academic and administrative units run research, teaching and service programs overseas. This activity is supplemented by two other entities. The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Operations manages Princeton’s relationship with the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya as well as University centers in Beijing and Athens. It also oversees the Davis International Center, the Global Safety and Security unit, and the International Student Internship Program. The Council for International Teaching and Research works closely with the Office of the Vice Provost to advise on international initiatives, oversee grant programs that support international academic initiatives, review new international programs and collaborations, and steward the University’s strategic partnerships with the University of Tokyo, Humboldt University and the University of São Paulo.