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Global Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #531 (QS) , NY,
In this Global Studies program from The New School, students learn to identify and address the challenges of globalization, with a view to developing equitable outcomes. The curriculum integrates research, foreign language study, internships, and fieldwork. A bachelor's-master's option is also available.


Students can pursue global studies as a major (BA, Global Studies), a minor, or a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts). A bachelor's-master's degree option is also available.

Globalization has fundamentally changed the world, redefining relationships between nations, communities, and individuals — and posing complex challenges that include climate change, human trafficking, poverty and hunger, and unprecedented migration. The undergraduate program in Global Studies at The New School prepares you to rigorously investigate these problems, think across disciplines, and contribute creative solutions for bringing about a more just and equitable world.

Part of a suite of interdisciplinary undergraduate programs at The New School, Global Studies offers innovative courses that capitalize on the university’s expertise in social sciences, languages, writing, media studies, design, management, environmental studies, and urban policy. You can combine your degree with one of a number of minors (such as ethnicity and race, sustainable cities, and gender studies) or, with your advisor's permission, pursue a double major. The Global Studies major can also make up part of a five-year combined bachelor's and master's program leading to a graduate degree in international affairs, media studies, economics, anthropology, and other disciplines at The New School.

Experience on the ground is an important aspect of global studies, and the major gives you the chance to apply your knowledge in internships and fieldwork in New York and abroad.

Career Pathways

By emphasizing internships and fieldwork in New York and abroad, foreign languages, and cross-disciplinary study within the university, the program prepares students to pursue careers in public service, international organizations, global media, education, law, and nonprofit management and development.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Places, Peoples, and Encounters
  • Rules of (Dis)Order: Markets and States, Networks and Hierarchies
  • Co‐Existence or Non‐Existence: Rights, Justice, and Governance
  • Global Spaces: Urban, Media, Environment

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Complete the Common Application. All applicants are required to apply online.
  • A nonrefundable $50 application fee, payable as part of the online application.
  • Official Transcripts
  • Essays
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Test Scores
  • SAT, ACT and SAT Subjects

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1640 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1640 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1640 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1640 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The New School maintains an extensive program of scholarships and grants-in-aid based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need. Awards are usually made as part of the admission process. Institutional scholarships may be combined with government supported grants and loans in a single financial aid package. Scholarships and grants are normally applied to tuition costs. They can range from several hundred dollars to full tuition and do not require repayment.

Scholarships may be reduced or canceled if requested applications and verification documents are not received by the stated deadlines. Need-based scholarships do not automatically renew for the same amount in subsequent years. Changes in need calculations, late FAFSA submission, or refusal of a subsidized student loan may result in a modified award.
Undergraduate Students
  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for a financial aid package.
  • International students in the NSPE undergraduate program or a Parsons AAS program must file the Undergraduate International Student Scholarship Applications to be considered for financial aid.
  • There is no separate aid application for other international undergraduates.
All undergraduate students are considered for scholarships based on their academic merit. Availability of institutional merit-based scholarships varies according to academic program. Students who file FAFSA or the Undergraduate International Student Scholarship Application will be considered for institutional scholarships based on merit and demonstrated financial need. U.S. citizens and eligible residents may qualify for U.S. government and New York State fellowships and grants based on merit and financial need.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.