Our faculty and students live and learn in and among the world's foremost institutions, where they conduct research and engage in fieldwork and internships to master their field of study and learn more about the world they live in.
As part of our work, we examine our local and global communities to explore their role in fostering human development. We create synergies and connect our fields of study to create new research, scholarship, models for change, and works of art.
With programs in South Africa, Ghana, Italy, China, and around the globe, our goal is to have every student study abroad--for a week, a summer, or a semester. We want our students to graduate from Steinhardt as citizens of the world.
When we set out for Peru, none of us imagined we would get so dirty," said Stephanie Gilbert, a student who took part in a 10-day community service project, installing stoves, building lavatories, planting trees, and assisting at health clinics.
Steinhardt professor Jennifer Berg saw the trip as a chance to study in a global classroom that bridged theory and practice while embracing culture, education, and the arts. "Working within small Andean communities each day, students and faculty alike experienced firsthand economic inequities across the globe, the relationship between developed and developing nations, complex environmental concerns, and compromised health and education," Berg said.
"We also learned that change is impossible without the work of the whole community," Gilbert said.
NYU Steinhardt students venture into the world to intern and conduct research in major cities and remote villages. They travel to South Africa to study ties between the arts and democracy and to Uganda to study the rich traditions of African drumming and dance. In England, Ireland, and Brazil, they examine traditional drama and theatre as educational tools. As varied as our students' interests and as diverse as the world's cultures, NYU Steinhardt's study abroad programs promote an academic experience nurtured by prominent scholars, artists, and professionals in leading educational, arts, and community centers.
Steinhardt faculty members create its study abroad programs. They have also served as Fulbright senior specialists, collaborating with institutions in Turkey, Romania, Australia, Slovenia, Israel, and Vietnam.