LIU Global

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LIU Global
Established 1965
Dean Jeffrey Belnap
Location Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Heredia, Costa Rica
Hangzhou, China
Byron Bay, Australia
Alcalá, Spain
Florence, Italy

LIU Global (formerly: Friends World College, Friends World Institute, Friends World Program, and Global College of Long Island University) is a discrete educational entity of Long Island University that offers a program that integrates a series of yearlong cultural immersions into a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree.[1]


LIU Global offers only one degree-granting program, culminating in a B.A. in Global Studies. However, LIU Global also offers semester-long or year-long study abroad options for visiting students (approximately 20 transfer and/or visiting students are accepted per year[2]).

All incoming freshmen are required to complete their first year of study at LIU Global's Costa Rica Center, which is based in Heredia, Costa Rica with excursions to Nicaragua and Panama. In the second year, students participate in LIU Global's Europe Program which, in the fall, is based in Alcalá, Spain, with excursions to London, Berlin and Morocco. In the spring the Europe program is based in Florence, Italy, with excursions to Paris and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Juniors can choose to spend a year at the China Center in Hangzhou, China which offers excursions to Beijing, Shanghai, Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces in Western China; Hong Kong; and Taiwan. They may also travel with the Asia-Pacific Australia Program to Fiji, Australia, and Thailand in the fall and Australia and Bali in the spring. The final year of the program begins with the International Research and Internship Semester (IRIS), an independently designed research project centered around an internship at the LIU Global Center or Program of the student's choice. This culminates in a semester in New York City, where students complete a series of capstone experiences, a second senior-year internship, and a senior thesis.[3]


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. During financial difficulties, the college became a part of Long Island University in the 1991–1992 academic year as the Friends World Program.[4][5]

The Friends World Program was originally headquartered in Southampton, New York, which was also the site of its North American Center. By 1974, the center was located in Lloyd Harbor, New York, with other campuses in the United States, England, Kenya, India, Guatemala and Japan. Beginning in fall 2005, the program moved to LIU's Brooklyn Campus, and the New York City Center was established. In March 2007, the Friends World Program became Global College.[4] In January 2012, LIU launched an institution-wide re-branding campaign, and Global College became LIU Global.[6] Around 70-90 students are currently enrolled at their centers and program sites worldwide.

Currently operating centers[edit]

Currently operating programs[edit]

Suspended centers[edit]

Regional centers are sometimes shut down indefinitely due to lack of funds or security or health risks. As of July 2016 these include:

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Extreme Study Abroad: The World Is Their Campus". Retrieved 2016-08-03. 
  2. ^ "LIU Global FAQs". Retrieved 2016-07-19. 
  3. ^ "LIU Global Academics". Retrieved 2016-07-19. 
  4. ^ a b "About Friends World/History". Archived from the original on March 9, 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Finding aid for Friends World College Records, 1958-2001". Retrieved November 29, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Long Island University Re-Brands Campuses". Retrieved 2016-07-19.