Inaugural Global Summer Institute
The Office of Global Affairs held our inaugural Global Summer Institute this summer to resounding success! More than 230 students from 7 countries participated in one of four options: a three-week Global Certificate Program, a 6-credit academic program, a 3-credit academic and English enhancement program, and an intensive English program.
Throughout the summer, students attended academic and English language courses, but were also exposed to a variety of new topics through a special lecture series. The lecture series featured distinguished Stony Brook faculty to instruct GSI students in their area of expertise. Most notably, students heard from President Samuel Stanley, who presented on the Global Challenges of Infectious Diseases, and Provost Michael Bernstein, who spoke about the Economic History of the United States.
The highlights from GSI 2017 were the cultural activities planned each week and the interaction with our Global Student Ambassadors (current Stony Brook students who volunteered to welcome and act as cultural liaisons to our GSI students). Participants loved traveling to New York City, Riverhead Outlets, Splish Splash Water Park, and Smith Point Beach to experience American life and culture. Our Global Student Ambassadors were with the GSI students every step of the way, guiding them through the City, taking them on tours of Port Jefferson, and introducing them to local restaurants and shopping.
Learn more about the GSI 2017 experience on the Global Affairs website and continue on to read remarks from one GSI participant!