Our world is increasingly dominated by the international exchange of capital, technology, people and ideas. In order to play an active part in this exchange, we at Barnard are thinking about ways to broaden our focus and presence, to look beyond the confines of our city and our country. The fact is, in every corner of the world, women play a critical role in their societies—in economic development, entrepreneurial activities, social capital formation, and by providing financial stability for their families. And yet, all too often they are constrained by a lack of access to education, as well as a lack of confidence in their potential to excel and lead. Barnard strives to play a role in addressing these gaps, bringing what we know about women’s education and leadership to the women who need it most, and exposing our own students to the complex realities of a truly global 21st century.
At Barnard, preparing our graduates to flourish in different and often challenging cultural surroundings is a vital part of our mission. Several offices across the campus collaborate on enhancing and expanding the College's global curriculum, outreach, partnerships and opportunities. The Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs (OIIS), works primarily with Barnard students to help them become active leaders and conscientious members of our increasingly global society. Barnard faculty members can also work strategically with the Dean of International Programs and Global Initiatives housed in the Provost's office, developing the connections, courses, and expertise that shape the College’s international focus and character.
Today, with students, programs, partners, research collaborations and alumnae around the world, Barnard College's global footprint reaches over 65 countries.