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Global Scholars Academy

The Boise State University Global Scholars Academy (GSA) is a program that fosters and promotes cultural and intellectual collaboration between international scholars and the Boise State community while enabling international faculty and researchers to develop professional and academic skills.


The Academy is for current international faculty, staff members, researchers, or post-doctoral students who want to further their research at an American institution while gaining skills to help them advance in their academic careers.


GSA connects you with a Boise State faculty mentor in your area of expertise for a one- or two-semester research opportunity. While performing your research and working with a faculty mentor, you will also attend lectures, workshops, and activities that offer professional development for your academic career. These lectures can include topics such as leveraging international connections, portfolio creation, research and manuscript proposals, current trends in research, the U.S. higher education system, and utilizing new pedagogical technologies.

You will also attend activities in and around Boise to learn about Idaho and American culture. Depending on the semester these may include dinners, sports games, snow tubing, and trips to local museums.


GSA is a semester-long program that takes place during the Fall and Spring semesters. You can choose to attend either the Fall (August-December) or Spring (January-May) Academy, or attend both academies (August-May). The lectures and activities will vary each semester; if you stay for the entire academic year you will not be repeating the same Academy twice.

Application & Deadlines


By participating in the Global Scholars Academy you will not only perform research in your field of interest, but will also gain professional and academic skills you can utilize in your career. At the end of the Academy you will be presented with a portfolio of the research and work you accomplished. This portfolio will include your responses to each of the lectures, workshops, or activities, a letter of recommendation from your faculty mentor, and a copy of your final research presentation. This portfolio is a product you can show your home institution as a demonstration of the research you have accomplished and the professional development you have completed.

You will receive the following services through the Academy:

  • Portfolio of your work in the Academy
  • Faculty mentor
  • Letter of recommendation from faculty mentor
  • Certificate of Academy Completion
  • 4 lectures or workshops per Academy
  • Cultural and social activities
  • Boise State ID card, email address, library access
  • Work space


Boise State University is Idaho’s metropolitan research university, located in the state’s population center and capital city, a hub of government, business, the arts, health care, industry and technology. Boise State is constantly growing with new, state-of-the art research labs and a soon-to-be-completed, high-tech home for fine arts. We are currently home to more than 25,000 students from every state and 60 foreign countries.

Boise State is a doctoral university with “high research activity” according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. It has been named one of the most innovative national universities in the country for 2019 as part of the U.S. News and World Report annual college rankings. Boise State offers 12 doctoral degrees, 66 Master’s degrees, 91 Bachelor’s degrees, and 29 Graduate Certificates.

In last several years Boise has been consistently ranked one of the top cities to live, work, and play in America. Whether you prefer skiing at the local resort, fishing in the river, attending Basque and Greek food festivals, or listening to great music at the Gene Harris Jazz Festival or Treefort Music Festival, there is no shortage of things to do in and around the city of Boise.

Downtown Boise, cityscape
Downtown Boise, cityscape, city skyline, Allison Corona photo.