International Engagement

International engagement is a cornerstone of Bryant’s Vision 2020 plan: Expanding the World of Opportunity. With the world more interconnected than ever, your Bryant experience will cultivate the global perspective that is a prerequisite for success.

IB ranked 16th in the US

Madan Annavarjula

The University’s International Business program (IB) was recently ranked 16th in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek. IB is among the University's fastest-growing undergraduate academic programs. Watch the video

Become an explorer at home in the world

Embark on a journey of discovery as you come to understand the interconnectedness of nations, cultures, and economies. To prepare leaders who will meet the emerging needs of the 21 st century, for more than a decade Bryant’s nationally recognized curriculum has blended the liberal arts with business, all with an unwavering focus on character and ethics.

Bryant’s bold strategic course has focused on purposefully integrating global thinking throughout the Bryant experience. “Today’s students graduate into a changing world full of new challenges and unlimited global opportunities,” says University President Ronald K. Machtley.

“Technology has shrunk the planet. Globalization has made it more interdependent. Centers of power and influence are shifting. The need for principled leaders has never been greater. And Bryant is responding to these challenges.”

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An international perspective is a prerequisite for success, and Bryant’s innovative Sophomore International Experience (SIE) is reinventing study abroad. The three-credit SIE focuses on intensive trips in the winter and summer. During the semester before they go abroad, students take a course on the region they will visit and the topics they will explore there.

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A Bridge between the us and China

Since 2005, the U.S.-China Institute at Bryant has forged partnerships that offer students and faculty broad global perspectives and experiences. Our plans for reconstruction of the Shu Fang Zhai building, a section of the Chinese Forbidden City, on the Smithfield campus are ongoing.

To further develop the bridge between Bryant and China and provide the University with an international presence few institutions can boast, Bryant has entered into a preliminary agreement with the Beijing Institute of Technology, Zhuhai. If we can bring our plans to fruition, Bryant University Zhuhai will provide the University with a tangible presence in one of the world’s fastest growing economic centers.

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A new cabinet-level post has been created to oversee and coordinate Bryant’s initiatives in the global arena, with distinguished Dr. Charles Jack Smiley Chair Professor Hong Yang, Ph.D., appointed as vice president for international affairs.

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Study Abroad

As an emerging leader in international education, Bryant offers abundant opportunities to cultivate your global perspective through study abroad. The University is ranked 14th nationally for study abroad participation, and students choose among 54 study abroad countries.

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Bryant President Ronald K. Machtley has announced that the first authentic reconstruction of the Forbidden City's Shu Fang Zhai to be built outside of China, with the permission and cooperation of the Chinese government, will be built on the Bryant campus.

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