Center for Global Studies

The Center for Global Studies helps students understand how countries across the globe are linked together ecologically, economically, geographically and politically.

Be Part of Something Bigger

At Assumption University, we seek to understand and engage with the world around us in multiple ways, inside and outside the classroom. The Center for Global Studies at Assumption is designed to coordinate and facilitate the global initiatives of students, faculty and staff. It brings together an academic program – the Global Studies major and minor – with three important internationally-focused co-curricular programs: Study abroad and international student advising, the University’s partnership with Catholic Relief Services, the world’s largest humanitarian agency, and advising for the students applying to international post-graduate scholarships such as the Fulbright. The Center strengthens and deepens the connections between these programs, enhancing Assumption’s mission to create thoughtful, ethical global citizens and leaders.

Study Abroad

Through a study abroad experience, you’ll broaden your undergraduate education with international perspectives, gain a deeper, richer understanding of your own cultural identity, and become a true citizen of the world.

International Student Advising

To accommodate our international students’ variety of needs, Assumption offers one-on-one advising, multicultural clubs, a first-year international student orientation and dedicated international student staff.

International Scholarships

Assumption students can teach and do research abroad through international scholarship programs such as the Fulbright, the Boren and the Gates.


Kevin Hickey, MLA
Director, Center for Global Studies Adjunct Faculty
David Crowley, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology Director of ASPIRE Associate Director of the Center for Purpose and Vocation
Smriti Rao, Ph.D
Department Chair, Economics, Finance and Accounting Professor of Economics Global Studies Program Director

Center for Global Studies Staff

The Center for Global Studies

  • Global Study Abroad Programs

    Assumption sends students across the globe through our trusted partnerships to take courses in their academic major and minor. Assumption students have studied at Oxford University (England), Trinity College (Ireland), Veritas University (Costa Rica) and the University of Queensland (Australia), to provide just a few examples. The University also offers study-away options in Washington, D.C. and mid-town Manhattan.


    Study abroad is more affordable than you might think. At Assumption, all financial aid – merit and athletic scholarships included – is applied to the semester abroad.

  • The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of different countries. Since 2001, 14 Assumption students have won Fulbrights to teach and do research abroad.

  • The Doyle Merit Award is named for the late Professor George Doyle, who established the Economics and Global Studies program at Assumption in 1961. Each year, the Department of Economics and Global Studies selects a senior recipient who, in the words of Dr. Doyle, is recognized for “academic success, character, well-roundedness and potential within the field.” The award carries a $2,000 cash prize made possible by generous gifts to the George A. Doyle Merit Award Fund by his friends, colleagues and family.

  • Assumption’s Rome Campus

    At the University’s Rome campus, students spend time walking, eating and living like a Roman as they immerse themselves in the Italian – and European – way of life. The group forms a close-knit community living and studying in Rome and exploring Italy more broadly at excursion sites like Florence, Siena, Venice, and Capri.

  • Catholic Relief Services Global Campus

    Assumption is a Global Campus partner of Catholic Relief Services, the largest humanitarian relief agency in the world. This partnership promotes global solidarity by giving our students, faculty and staff access to biennial academic and leadership; conferences for students and faculty; internship opportunities with CRS; and online academic resources that explore global justice issues like climate change and migration.