Global Education


Bringing the world to Bates and Bates to the world

The Center for Global Education values the experiences of our international student, faculty, and staff colleagues on campus, representing over 90 countries. Nearly 60% of Bates graduates study abroad for a semester or year. Others study in Short Term off-campus courses, taught by Bates faculty, around the US and the world. We live and learn in Lewiston – a remarkable town in Maine, known for its emerging global diversity. Together, we form a community rich in lived intercultural experiences, language skills, and global learning.

Global learning, through experience

Courses across the curriculum provide global perspectives on campus, livened by faculty research, writing, and personal histories. Off-campus programs complement the Bates curriculum, providing on-site experiences – from Morocco to Mongolia, China to Czech Republic, Greece to Ghana – and opportunities to delve deeply in the study of critical global issues – from public heath to politics to climate change and social movements.

Liberal Arts, with a global focus

At the Center for Global Education, we value experiential learning and the importance of epistemological diversity (learning from neighbors, friends, fellow-students, faculty, staff, homestay families). We care about engaging ethically and support scholarship that is reciprocal and attentive to global inequalities and their structural bases. We aim toward educating the whole person at Bates, while creating a geographically literate, knowledgeable, and compassionate student body engaged in – and intellectually curious about – the world beyond campus. A true liberal arts education, with a global focus.