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Friends World College

LIU Global
Established 1965
Dean N. Robert Glass
Location Brooklyn, New York, USA, Heredia City, Costa Rica, Bangalore, India, Hangzhou, China

LIU Global is a discrete, educational entity of Long Island University offers the only program in the world that integrates a series of yearlong cultural immersions into a progressive, four-year Bachelor of Arts degree. During its 40-plus year history, LIU Global (previously Global College of Long Island University and the Friends World Program) has established itself as a leader in experiential education, providing students with an individualized international experience as well as a broad-based liberal arts education from one of the largest and most comprehensive private universities in the country.[1]


LIU Global offers a program leading to B.A. in Global Studies as well as semester-long or year-long study abroad options for visiting students.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts degree program spend the first three years living and learning at LIU Global's overseas centers and program sites in Costa Rica, China, India, Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Peru and Ecuador engaging with a variety of cultures and people through coursework, fieldwork, service learning projects, internships, independent studies and immersion.

Studies begin with a foundation year at the Costa Rica Center in Heredia City, Costa Rica. In the second year, students can choose to study at the India Center or can participate in the Comparative Religion and Culture Program (CRC), a year-long program that brings students to Taiwan, India, Thailand and Turkey. As juniors, students can spend a year at the China Center or traveling with CRC. In addition, they have the option to spend the fall semester as a part of Global Issues in South America (GISA), a semester-long program that brings students to Ecuador and Peru or the spring semester in Byron Bay, Australia. The final year of the program begins with an independently designed research project in a location of the student’s choice and culminates in a semester in New York City, where students complete a series of capstone experiences and a senior thesis. Over the course of the program, students build language skills, gain hands-on experience and acquire a cross-cultural education that is valuable to employers in today’s globalized economy.

LIU Global promotes an experiential education approach to their program, with academic coursework based in the classroom and supported by field-based independent research projects, local involvement and internships with various organizations. The emphasis is on cultural studies, arts, language, development and sustainability issues, and international relations, but LIU Global students study a wide variety of subjects under the instruction and guidance of their advisers.

The LIU Global electronic learning portfolio (ELP) is a cumulative, creative document that contains a chronological mapping of the growing intellectual journey of the student through the four years of the program. The ELP includes not only written text but images, sound files, video, presentations and hyperlinks that enable fast and flexible cross referencing between sections of the portfolio. These digital portfolios stay with students not only through their tenure with LIU Global but also as they move into their careers or on to graduate school.


LIU Global was founded as Friends World College by the New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1965, but became non-sectarian in the mid-1970s. In financial difficulties, the college became a part of Long Island University in the 1991-1992 academic year as the Friends World Program.[2] [3]

The Friends World Program originally was headquartered in Southampton, N.Y., United States of America, which also was the site of its North American Center. The Friends World College program had its headquarters in Lloyd Harbor, New York by 1974, with other campuses in the United States as well as England, Kenya, India, Guatemala and Japan. Beginning in Fall 2005, the Program moved to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, and the New York City Center was established. In March 2007, the Friends World Program became Global College. In January 2012, Long Island University launched an institution-wide rebranding campaign and Global College became LIU Global. Currently there are just over 100 students enrolled at our centers and program sites worldwide.

Currently Operating Centers

Currently Operating Programs

Currently Suspended Centers

Regional centers are sometimes shut down indefinitely due to lack of funds or security or health risks. As of January 2012 these include:

External links

  • LIU Global Website


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