Very few colleges offer a program like Global College
(formerly Friends World) -- experiential education
by total immersion into other cultures. The Program
stands alone in two important ways. The first is its
faith in students. Global Collegebelieves that intelligent
young men and women have the ability and the right
to be deeply involved in determining their own educational
plans. The second is the FW belief that all nations
of the world need citizens who are educated to see
beyond their own borders and who recognize that as
individuals they share the responsibility for the
future of the planet.
Global College offers experiential and service-based
education through total immersion into other cultures
for 3 1/2 years. The Senior Capstone Semester takes
place in New York City where you synthesize and integrate
your learning that has taken place in Costa Rica,
China, India, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Taiwan and/or
Turkey. You study in two or more countries outside
of your home culture as you earn a Bachelor of Arts
degree from Long Island University.
Global College provides a balanced liberal arts education
that includes fluency in at least one foreign language
through classroom learning, complemented with field
experiences, directed independent studies, and internships.
In consultation with faculty advisors, you design
individualized programs of study in the humanities
and social sciences according to your personal interests
and goals. Examples of former concentrations include:
Peace Studies; Conflict Resolution; Global Youth Culture;
Arabic Culture; Music and Media; Dance and Social
Change; Environmental Anthropology; Sustainable Agriculture;
Community Development; Traditional Healing; Globalization
and Society; Indigenous Peoples and Women's Studies.
Individualized study is carried throughout the program
and at overseas centers.
The Foundation Year prepares freshmen with the fundamentals
of experiential education and study abroad. Teaching
and learning take place in seminars, lectures, group
discussions, workshops, role plays, projects, and
directed independent study. The Second and Third Years
provide an opportunity to build upon first-year learning,
to apply more sophisticated knowledge and skills,
to create and execute independent study projects at
GC Centers in China, India, Japan and Australia, and
to participate in the traveling semester-length Comparative
Religion & Culture program. In the Fourth Year,
you spend the fall semester conducting an independent
study in a country previously visited, before culminating
your Global College education with the Senior Capstone
Semester in New York City.
Founded in 1965 by the Quakers, Global College (then
Friends World) became a program of Long Island University
in 1991. Although non-sectarian, Global College is
still respectful of its Quaker roots and encourages
students to become involved in service both to the
institutional and local communities.
You may attend Global College as Study Abroad students
from other educational institutions, enrolling for
a semester or a year, with credits transferring back
to your home schools.
All Self Designed