Over the course of eight semesters, students will live and learn in eight or more countries and participate in a transformative educational experience that combines rigorous academics, language and cultural immersion, career development, individualized learning, and countless adventures. Unlike a study-abroad program, LIU Global’s unique four-year Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies program combines full-time immersion into foreign countries and cultures with structured classroom instruction, field study, internships, and community service. The curriculum is designed to give students the freedom to explore their interests and passions, and equip them with the knowledge, empathy, and real-world skills needed to understand the challenges facing humanity as a whole, and empower them to become a socially responsible global leader in a richly diverse and increasingly complex world.

The LIU Story

Long Island University (LIU) was founded in 1926. The university is committed to providing a high quality education through teaching excellence and impactful research opportunities. LIU offers 375 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs, educating nearly 17,000 students each year across multiple campuses. The University cultivates academic, professional, artistic, and co-curricular opportunities.

LIU Brooklyn enables students to realize their full potential as ethically grounded, intellectually vigorous, and socially responsible global citizens. The campus offers more professional programs in health care than any other campus in the New York metropolitan area, including the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy & Health Science, and The Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing. LIU Brooklyn is home to Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, a dynamic performance venue designed to nourish students’ artistic exploration, and Division I sports teams.

LIU Post is a scenic, historic, and scholarly campus that offers a small-school environment with the access and resources of a major metropolitan university. The University’s 330-acre campus is located on the estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 27 miles east of New York City on Long Island’s Gold Coast. The campus houses the College of Veterinary Medicine, the first professional School of Accountancy, an AACSB-accredited Business School, and an award-winning theater program. LIU is home to the world-renowned Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium, where supporters gather to cheer on the Sharks’ Division I athletic program.

LIU Global offers a one-of-a-kind bachelor’s degree around the globe. It spans eight countries on five continents, preparing students for careers as global leaders in business, policy, humanitarian relief, social entrepreneurship, economic development, and environmental sustainability. 

From the shores of Long Island, to the epicenter of business and tech innovation in Brooklyn, to the far corners of the world, LIU offers a unique college experience for every student seeking academic enrichment and professional opportunity. Upon graduation, our students join a community of more than 265,000 alumni to become global leaders in fields that include the arts, health sciences, media, education, pharmacy, business, technology, public service, and professional sports.


Long Island University’s mission is to provide excellence and access in private higher education to people from all backgrounds who seek to expand their knowledge and prepare themselves for meaningful, educated lives and for service to their communities and the world.

Founding Date
Long Island University was founded in 1926.

Long Island University’s motto is Urbi et Orbi – “To the City and to the World.”

Awards and Accolades

Long Island University

  • Long Island University is a U.S. News & World Report Best National University
  • Long Island University is ranked a Best Northeastern Regional College by The Princeton Review
  • Long Island University has been named to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll
  • Long Island University is ranked a Top 50 College in New York for Salary Potential by
  • Long Island University has been named to U.S. Veterans Magazine’s list of “Top Veteran-Friendly Schools”
  • Long Island University was awarded as a Yellow Ribbon School for veterans support by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Long Island University’s Business, Education, and Nursing programs have been honored by Colleges of Distinction, recognizing the quality of LIU’s programs and its professional accreditation
  • Long Island University’s nursing; healthcare; dietetics & clinical nutrition services; and homeland security, law enforcement & firefighting programs are among the top 5% highest paid graduates in America by
  • Long Island University is a Best Value College by

LIU Post

  • LIU Post is in the AACSB-accredited top 5% of Business Schools nationally
  • LIU Post’s School of Business has been named to The Princeton Review’s list of “The Best Business Schools” for 15 consecutive years
  • LIU Post is a Best College of Business by
  • LIU Post’s The Post Theatre Company has won 15 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Awards, and most recently won the Musical Theatre Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre in 2019

LIU Brooklyn

  • LIU Brooklyn is ranked as a Best School for Nursing and Health Care Majors by Salary Potential by
  • LIU Brooklyn was ranked a Best School for Physical Therapy by
  • LIU Brooklyn is a Best College for Nursing and a Best College of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy by
  • LIU Brookyn’s campus was ranked third safest in the nation and safest in New York City by The Daily Beast


In addition to university-wide accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, LIU’s schools, colleges, and individual degree programs are recognized by many specialized accreditation boards, including the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.


488 full-time professors teach at LIU, with a significant majority holding the highest degree in their respective fields. The faculty includes numerous Fulbright Scholars, and in 2014, LIU was one of just nine master’s institutions nationwide to have four Fulbright professors teaching abroad. LIU’s faculty also includes Academy Award winners, prominent journalists, award-winning authors, leading scientists whose research has contributed to significant medical advances, and many more experienced and accomplished professionals.


(All data as of fall 2019)
Total Enrollment: 16,958
Student-Faculty Ratio: 11:1

LIU has an active network of more than 265,000 alumni, including leaders and innovators in industries across the globe. Learn more about our notable alumni.


Colors: Blue and Gold
Nickname: Sharks
Mascot: Shark
Teams: 29
National Affiliation:
 NCAA Division I
Conference: Northeast Conference (NEC)

LIU Global FAQs


1. Is a LIU Global degree program accredited?

Yes. LIU is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104.

2. What are the degrees of your faculty?

Many professors are local and international scholars, or Americans living abroad who have a broad experience in experiential education. Most LIU Global faculty have their Ph.D. or other terminal degree and are specialists in their particular field of study. The professors also serve as academic advisors at each center as well.

3. At which center can I begin my studies?

First-year students begin their studies in our Foundation Year Program at the Costa Rica Center in Heredia.

Transfer students have more than 24 college credits may possibly begin their studies at the LIU Global Centers in Costa Rica, Europe, or Pacific. Prospective students are encouraged to speak with an admissions counselor and LIU Global staff to discuss their specific options.

4. Can I visit in person to hear more about options in LIU Global?

You may schedule an appointment with our Admissions Office. Your visit will consist of a conversation with Admissions and LIU Global staff. While most of our students and faculty members are abroad, it will be possible to meet with students either in person or via zoom. Please note: Visiting the campus is not required for admission to LIU Global.

5. How many students enroll in LIU Global each year?

Approximately 30 (or more) new freshman students begin the LIU Global program each fall.  During the fall and spring semesters, we accept transfer students and visiting students who would like to study abroad either from LIU or from other Colleges and Universities.

6. What is the LIU Global school year?

LIU Global follows the same calendar school year as any other college/university, with 15 week semesters. The fall semester starts at the end of August/beginning of September and ends at the beginning of December. The spring semester begins mid January and ends at the beginning of May. Students will have a winter and   summer break.

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1. How do I apply for admission to LIU Global?  

Apply using our LIU Application. For additional admissions information, visit

2. Is there an application deadline?

LIU Global has a rolling admissions policy and accepts applications for the spring (January) and fall (September) semesters. Applicants wishing to apply to LIU Global are responsible for submitting a completed application and ensuring that all supplemental materials are received by the Office of Admissions.

3. Do you accept transfer credits? 

It is possible to transfer into LIU Global. LIU Global may accept transfer credits with a grade of “C” or better.

4. Will you accept a GED?

Individuals who have earned a GED are eligible to apply for admission to LIU Global.

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1. Do I go to one country for four years or different countries every year?

LIU Global students spend their first three years living at the college’s centers in Costa Rica, Europe, and Australia, acquiring a cross-cultural education that is becoming increasingly valuable in our rapidly globalizing world. The final year of the program begins with the International Research and Internship Semester at one of LIU Global’s numerous Center or partner locations around the world and culminates in a Capstone semester in New York City, where students complete another internship and write a senior thesis before graduating with a B.A. in Global Studies. LIU Global students develop a world confidence through, living and traveling in important regions of the world.

2. How long can I stay overseas?

Freshmen attend the Costa Rica center for the foundation year, sophomores study in our locations in Western and central/eastern Europe, and juniors spend a year in China, Australia/Pacific. The fall semester of the senior year is spent completing an international internship and independent research project at an LIU Global center, and the spring semester is spent in New York City, where students complete another internship and write a senior thesis before graduating with a B.A. in Global Studies.

3. What do I major in? What about minors?

All students pursue a B.A in Global Studies, a discipline that investigates the world’s interdependent political, economic, cultural, and ecological systems. 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. Students may also pursue minors in Arts and Communications,  Entrepreneurship, and International Relations.

4. Can I earn Life Experience credits? How do I do that?

Life experience credits can be earned for post high school experiences. Once you matriculate as a LIU Global student you can discuss the possibility of this credit with a faculty advisor. Naturally, you will want to keep very good records of the experiences you have that might result in life experience credits.

5. Do I have to know a foreign language before I enroll?

No. You begin your language studies once you are admitted into the program. If you already know a foreign language that is taught in the program, you will be evaluated and placed in a language course according to your skill.

6. I have a learning disability. Can you accommodate me?

If you are seeking accommodations, contact Student Support Services:  

7. What is the typical enrollment ratio of males and females?

There are more females than males in the program, approximately 65% female.

8. Is LIU Global’s student population diverse?

While most of our students are from the United States, there are some students in the program from other countries. Combined they have had a wide array of educational experiences and bring a broad spectrum of insights and ideas to LIU Global’s learning communities. 

9. How long does it typically take for a student to graduate?

While most students complete their degree in four years, other students approach their studies in different ways. Some accelerate their program and complete their degree in less than four years, while others may take longer.

10. Can I take courses during the summer? Can I take courses during the summer in other schools?

LIU Global does not offer LIU Global coursework in the summer but students can arrange to take courses either through Long Island University or other colleges/universities that meet LIU criteria as outlined in the bulletin. Whatever you choose to do, you will have the guidance of your Success Coach so you are informed of the correct process to follow.

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1. Who do I contact for information regarding institutional scholarships?

Contact the Office of Admissions at 718-488-1011 or at

2. As a new student, what kind of financial assistance can I receive if I am not a U.S. citizen?

Contact the Office of Admissions at 718-488-1011 or at

3. How much does this program cost? How do the costs change when studying abroad?

Please refer to our Financials page. Tuition, room and board and fees are the same for all centers; however,personal expenses, international travel, and books vary.

4. Will the costs change from year to year?

It is always possible that tuition and fees will be modified. Updates are reflected on the Financials page.

5. How do I pay for this program?

If you are eligible to do so, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at All continuing LIU Global students must also file their FAFSA every year to be considered for aid. also, per question #3 above, students are encouraged to apply for external scholarships.  For more information, visit Enrollment Services (Brooklyn).

6. What is the best way to access money while overseas?

The best way to access money is using an International ATM Debit/Credit Card. Refer to the information contained in the center handbook for more information.

7. How does money work in the centers abroad? How do I pay for things?

Students are required to bring money and/or a credit and/or debit card for their personal and book expenses.

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1. What do you do about safety? What if I’m far away from the center? How do we stay in touch?

Safety is our number one priority. We do not hesitate to shift field trips, move students or change programming if we feel that the students are in a dangerous situation. In making these decisions, we follow the U.S. State Department travel warnings which are posted on the State Department website: and the U.S. Center for Disease control travel advisories which are posted on the CDC website:

When students arrive in a new country, their orientation includes important health and safety information provided by center directors. Students are required to adhere to these instructions and protocols. Overseas students in field studies stay in touch through e-mail, phone calls, Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp, mail, etc. All students are required to fill out a form listing emergency contacts prior to departure. In addition to these documents, we also keep a copy of your passport and medical clearance form on file and require that you register with the U.S. Embassy in the country of study. Refer to the appropriate center handbook for additional country specific information.

2. What does a center director do in case of medical emergency?

All center directors have identified medical resources and facilities in the center’s region. An administrator at each center is on call in case of emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Center directors and the New York Center also retain copies of Medical Clearance and Emergency Contact Forms.

3. Does the center director know where the students are at all times?

Students are expected to keep the center informed of their whereabouts during the semester.

4. What happens if I need to go home?

Students’ first point of contact is their academic advisor and center director. LIU Global headquarters in New York will work with the center director to ensure that arrangements and details are handled efficiently.

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1. Will someone meet me when I arrive in another country?

The staff at the Center can provide guidance for their respective country to navigate dietary needs. It is, however, up to the student to be proactive to ensure their needs are met by providing a written list of dietary needs to the Center Director.

2. How are my special eating habits (vegetarian, vegan) or food allergies accommodated abroad?

The staff at the Center can provide guidance for their respective country to navigate dietary needs.  It is, however, up to the student to be proactive to ensure their needs are met.

3. When I live overseas, will you find housing for me? Where will I live overseas?

All housing is arranged prior to arriving at an overseas center. Costa Rica students live in small hotels; Europe Program students stay in a combination of hotels, dorms, and shared apartments; Students in Australia/Pacific live in house shares. Note: student accommodations can change over the semester as the program travels. Seniors in the IRIS and Capstone semesters arrange their own housing; however, each center has local resources that may include residential hotels, hostels, religious facilities, house shares or apartments. Students network with others and draw on previous practices. They are always very resourceful in finding places to live. Capstone students may elect to live on campus in the dorms or in apartments that they rent. Note: during field trips housing will vary.

4. How can my parents contact me when I am abroad?

Once a student is enrolled at a center, they receive a handbook that contains vital information with regard to phone numbers, emergency contacts, addresses, and email communications. Make sure you give a copy of this information to your parents before you leave. You must also travel with a copy of this handbook as well. Communication with parents is quite easy with access to Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp, email, and social networking sites.

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1. What kind of a job can I get with the degree I am working toward?

You will receive a BA in Global Studies from Long Island University, Global. This is comparable to any liberal arts degree that can be applied to many different areas of employment. In addition, you will have added skills in field research, scholarly writing, foreign language capability, and work experience in international and domestic internships. LIU Global students often choose to go on for an advanced degree or to enter directly into many fields of employment. They are teachers, social workers, journalists, psychologists, lawyers, doctors, alternative health care practitioners, and artists, and more. Many have started their own businesses.

2. Can I get into graduate school with a degree from LIU Global?

By all means, consider graduate school. Many LIU Global graduates continue on to graduate school directly after graduation. Our graduates have gone on to pursue graduate studies at schools like Columbia University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California-Berkeley, the School for International Training and other top-notch schools. Alumni have received the Clinton Fellowship, Pew Award, MacArthur Grants, Marshall Scholarships, the Truman Award and Fulbright Fellowships.

3. Does LIU Global assist with job placement?

Yes! During the Capstone Semester students complete an internship in their field of interest giving the student professional references and real-life work experience. Students continue to be offered positions based on their internship performance. In addition, workshops featuring resume writing, cover letter presentation, mock interviews and interviewing skills as well as job search counseling are provided through advising sessions and seminars. Your LIU Success Coach will provide additional guidance to you regarding planning the next steps in yoiur career.

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