Goals of the Global Summer Program
The IARU Global Summer Program is an exciting learning experience for students from one of the eleven IARU universities. By learning together in one of the intensive summer courses, GSP students form an international community of young scholars who also learn from and about each other.
I would highly recommend the program to my peers, as it is a fantastic opportunity to travel overseas, study and meet students from a diverse range of backgrounds. GSP student 2014 at UTokyo
The Global Summer Program aims to:
Address critical issues in a global perspective
IARU GSP courses enable students to do this in a variety of ways:
- Taking a multidisciplinary approach to the subject of study
- Focusing on major challenges of the 21st century
- Exposing students to fields outside their core disciplines of study and/or
- Explicitly using the multinational, multicultural nature of the student group to help students move beyond a national perspective
All GSP courses highlight the particular strengths of the host university.
Work with outstanding peers from around the globe
GSP students are talented, motivated people at some of the world's top universities, the members of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU).
Learn intensively at a foreign university
GSP consists of residential, multi-week summer courses at IARU member universities. Days are full. Students will be immersed in learning in a variety of settings, formal and informal: from lectures and classes to tutorials and field visits, from student panels and debates to intense discussions over breakfast. Students also participate in social activities.
Learn from top researchers
All IARU universities are research-intensive. GSP is specifically designed to give students exposure to research-led learning. GSP professors are both leading researchers and teachers. Students will enhance their research skills by conducting independent library-based research and writing papers, conducting field-based observations and participating in team research projects.