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Boston University - Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies

Boston University - Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies

Boston University - Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies

Introduction

The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University is a renowned institution dedicated to addressing global challenges through interdisciplinary education and research.

The school offers six distinguished graduate programs designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a dynamic world that is constantly shifting. Our mission extends beyond traditional boundaries.

At Pardee, we are architects of global citizenship, striving for a world with peace that lasts, knowledge that transforms, and development that works. We achieve this vision through rigorous and creative education, path-breaking research, and innovative initiatives. Regardless of the field of focus – be it international health, economics and development, diplomacy, foreign policy, human rights, security, or climate change – we prepare our students to tackle pressing issues that are global in scope.

Pardee prides itself on a faculty of experienced practitioners and distinguished scholars, a global network of alumni, and a commitment to Advance Human Progress. Our small classroom sizes ensure that all students are prepared to address the world’s most pressing issues. We are decided to fostering a community of future leaders equipped to confront the complexities of our interconnected world and make it a better place.

Why BU?

A BU education: more valuable than ever.

With unparalleled opportunities, BU prepares you to succeed academically, professionally, and socially. Whatever career path, however, things change, wherever in the world you go, you'll be ready.

Academic Excellence

You’ll learn from accomplished professors

  • Jump right into introductory courses with Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, Presidential Award winners, a Poet Laureate and MacArthur genius, and more.

  • Conduct research alongside professors doing incredible work, such as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People.

  • In fact, our sterling reputation earned us an invitation to join the prestigious Association of American Universities.

Student Life

What’s it like to be a BU student? Well, no two students share the same experience, but at the core of BU’s spirit is a love for all things intellectual, dynamic, and stimulating. Undergraduates have “game day” enthusiasm for everything from a poetry slam to the Redstone Film Festival to community service. Then, of course, there are our spirited athletics programs. Add the city of Boston, and you have a buzzing campus filled with bright, ambitious, energetic students.

Campus Features

  • Boston University is in the heart of Boston allowing students to quickly integrate themselves into the city filled with opportunity and adventure.
  • We’re an urban campus and we love it, yet we’re not all buildings and cement blocks. The Charles River flows next to campus and there are plenty of green spaces for finding peace and quiet
  • While BU is an urban campus, we’re not all buildings and cement blocks. The Charles River flows next to campus and there are plenty of green spaces for finding peace and quiet from the BU Beach to a vegetable garden on the roof of Warren Towers.
  • Our newest building, the Center for Computing & Data Sciences, is a 100% fossil fuel-free building and is one of the greenest buildings in New England. It is a great example of how BU can balance space in an urban environment.

    Admissions

    First-Year Applicants

    As a first-year applicant, you must submit the following credentials. International applicants must also submit additional credentials.

    • Common Application or QuestBridge Application
    • High School Transcript
    • Senior Year Grades
    • Counselor Recommendation and School Report Form
    • Teacher Evaluation
    • Standardized Tests (Optional)
    • College of Fine Arts Requirements

    QuestBridge Application

    If you are a Finalist who ranked BU, your National College Match application will be sent to BU, and you will need to submit the following required documents by November 1. For more details about the application process, please visit the Boston University QuestBridge page.

    International Applicant Checklist

    As a first-year international student applicant, you must submit the following credentials:

    • Common Application
    • Secondary School Records
    • Senior Year Grades
    • Counselor Recommendation and School Report Form
    • Teacher Evaluation
    • English Proficiency Testing Results
    • Documentation of Financial Support
    • Copy of Data Page of Passport
    • Standardized Tests (Optional)

    Transfer Applicants

    With over 700 transfer students joining BU each year, BU welcomes transfer students who will thrive in our community—a mix of students with a wide variety of interests, talents, and goals.

    We know that as a transfer student, you are looking for a university that will open doors, and BU has many pathways to help you achieve your goals. We believe that transfer students provide a unique perspective on the college experience and the kind of drive that is the hallmark of a BU student.

    Who is eligible?

    Students who are US citizens or permanent residents with demonstrated financial need entering college for the first time are eligible for affordable but. In addition, you must submit your FAFSA and CSS Profile by the deadlines.

    Rankings

    Ranked #17 in Top 50 Best Colleges in Big Cities by Newsweek

    Locations

    • Boston

      Bay State Road, 121, 02215, Boston

      Questions