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International Programs and Engagement Hubs for the Stanford Community

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Learn about the dynamic ways Stanford faculty and students engage the global community and promote cross-cultural exchange through the sample of engagement hubs involved in education, equity, health, and sustainability below. We welcome you to explore additional hubs through each school.

Student learning environment

Education & Equity

Bing Overseas Studies Program

Bing Overseas Studies offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study away while remaining enrolled at Stanford and is considered an integral part of the Stanford curriculum.

Global Engineering Program

Global Engineering Programs aim to enhance engineering education by providing students with an opportunity to learn about technology and engineering globally, to build professional networks and to gain real-world work experience in a culturally diverse and international environment.

King Center on Global Development

By catalyzing Stanford’s distinctive strengths in global poverty and development research, the Stanford King Center on Global Development is working collaboratively and purposefully to turn path-breaking research into real-world results.

Lemann Center

The Lemann Center for Educational Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Brazil is focused on developing new approaches to improving learning in Brazilian public schools, particularly for low-income students, and to developing new kinds of learning opportunities for such students both inside and outside the public school system. The center is part of the Graduate School of Education.

Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU)

SCPKU provides a welcoming environment for anyone in the Stanford community seeking to advance research or education by spending time in China.

Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

SIEPR is Stanford University’s thought leader for understanding the economic challenges, opportunities, and policies affecting people in the United States and around the world.

Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Seed)

Seed is an initiative led by the Graduate School of Business that’s working to end the cycle of global poverty by partnering with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to build thriving enterprises that transform lives.

Stanford Law School Global Opportunities

Stanford Law School cultivates global competency and prepares 21st century lawyers to face transnational legal problems and engage with people, legal systems, businesses, governments, and multilateral institutions from around the globe.

Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP)

As the entrepreneurship center in Stanford’s School of Engineering, the STVP is a lab that accelerates entrepreneurship education at Stanford and around the world.

Health & Sustainability

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Center for Innovation in Global Health

In the pursuit of well-being, worldwide, we share knowledge, equip leaders and build interdisciplinary, multisectoral teams to address urgent global health challenges. The center is part of the School of Medicine.

Center for Social Innovation 

The Center for Social Innovation, led by the Graduate School of Business, educates insightful leaders of social and environmental change. Through research, education, and experiential learning, we strengthen the capacity of individuals and organizations to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. We envision a networked community of leaders actively working across sectors, frontiers, and disciplines to build a more just, sustainable, and prosperous world.

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

The Woods Institute aims to produce breakthrough environmental knowledge and solutions that sustain people and planet today and for generations to come. Visit the Stanford Environmental Portal to seek out gateways to various schools, departments and other units on campus with offerings related to the environment and sustainability.

Interdisciplinary Hubs

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI)

FSI is Stanford University’s premier research institute for international studies. FSI faculty conduct cross-disciplinary research on governance, security, global health, energy, international development and more.

Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI)

The mission of HAI is to advance AI research, education, policy and practice to improve the human condition. The faculty and staff of HAI are engaging not only leading-edge scientists, but scholars trying to make sense of social movements, educators enhancing pedagogy, lawyers and legislators working to protect rights and improve institutions, and artists trying to bring a humanistic sensibility to the world in which we live. 

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program cultivates a diverse, multidisciplinary community of emerging leaders from around the world and guides them to collaborate, innovate, and communicate as they prepare to address the complex challenges facing society.

Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS)

Stanford PACS is a global interdisciplinary research center and publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR). Stanford PACS develops and shares knowledge to improve philanthropy, strengthen civil society, and address societal challenges. By creating a shared space for scholars, students, and practitioners, Stanford PACS informs policy and social innovation, philanthropic investment, and nonprofit practice. affiliated with the Graduate School of Education.

Stanford Chemistry, Engineering & Medicine for Human Health (ChEM-H)

ChEM-H is an interdisciplinary institute that bridges Chemistry, Engineering, and Medicine to understand life at the molecular level and harness that knowledge to address long-range challenges in Human health.

Stanford Global Studies

The Stanford Global Studies (SGS) Division, housed in the School of Humanities and Sciences, is the university’s hub for education, research, and community engagement centered on exploring issues, societies, and cultures in regional and global perspective.