Seattle is a global city that’s vibrant, innovative and inspires collaborations around the world. And there are plenty of success stories at Seattle University with links to homegrown businesses, many of them international.
Consider PATH, an international nonprofit that continues to transform world health in more than 70 countries, or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the global giant of a nonprofit with more than 900 Seattle employees who address many of the biggest challenges worldwide such as poverty, health and education.
For SU students, global engagement happens locally as well as abroad. Within walking distance of campus are some of the most culturally and ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the Northwest—the Central District, Little Ethiopia, Little Saigon and the International District.
Educating students to be global citizens is a defining characteristic at SU.
The university’s new Core curriculum for undergraduates features courses that address important and current world issues. The Albers School of Business and Economics offers a Center for Global Business that also showcases SU’s focus internationally.
The International Development Internship Program gives undergraduate students opportunities to explore the root causes and consequences of situations that undermine the well-being of individuals in the developing world. The Research for Development Graduate Program is for graduate students who want to pursue international development research.
The Education Abroad office is a central source for students and faculty who plan to study outside the U.S. More than 500 students earn credit toward their degrees while studying abroad in 45 countries each year, countries that include Mexico, Japan, Belize, Denmark, Spain and France.
Convergence sites built around significant, long-term relationships with international partners in focused geographic areas are among the newest globally focused initiatives. Students have opportunities for rich work experience in new cultures and learn more about social justice. The first of these sites is in Managua, Nicaragua, where SU already has ties to the University of Central America, a sister Jesuit school.
The global education undercurrent extends to campus life, with a slew of clubs and student groups with an international flavor and a robust International Week sponsored by the International Student Center and Office of Global Engagement.