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Global Opportunities


At the Brown School, students have unique opportunities to effect change all over the world. In addition to international practicum and research opportunities, they can participate in off-campus academic programs to build professional skills in an international setting.

International Practicum Sites
Our students select their own practicum experiences—including more than a dozen international options like the World Health Organization, Helen Keller International, CARE International, or a variety of United Nations agencies. Students have also completed practica with faculty in Haiti, Kenya, Mongolia, and China.
Global Research
Our faculty lead international research projects, often hiring students as research assistants to partner in their work. Faculty have recently been investigating asset building in Peru, undernutrition in Haiti, educational attainment in China, and indoor air pollution in India.
Field-Based Transdisciplinary Problem-Solving (TPS) Courses
TPS courses integrate research from multiple disciplines in order to address real-world problems in a comprehensive way. Past field-based TPS courses have been taught in India and Haiti, giving students and faculty the chance to work in communities and examine public health and economic development challenges specific to those regions.

 TPS Course in Haiti

India Institute
During this intensive two-week experience, our students use community-driven system dynamics to gain insights into problems faced by rural villages in India’s drylands. The Institute trains students to approach issues from a systems perspective to achieve sustainable change.

 India Institute

A Master Class in European Public Space Design

Students specializing in Urban Design embark on a required, design-focused course in Europe during spring break. The program is led in partnership with Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.


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