University-Wide and Independent Programs

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Experiential Education

The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development at Binghamton University views experiential learning as a crucial component of a college education. "Experiential learning encompasses a wide variety of enriching opportunities for students, including service learning, volunteering, student organization leadership and campus involvement, faculty-led research and projects, experiential study abroad, student employment/work-study, cooperative education, and internships." (National Association of Colleges and Employers, NACE.) Our staff encourages students to engage in these experiences to enrich the depth of their career development and exploration.

In addition to communicating with students regarding the importance of gaining internship and other experience and supporting internship and part-time job listings in hireBING, the Fleishman Center offers academic courses to support students' career development in this area. A signature program for the Fleishman Center is the Career Development Centralized Internship Program (CDCI 385, 395, 491, 496), which is the largest credit-bearing internship program at Binghamton. Open to undergraduates from all majors, the CDCI Program provides opportunities for students to earn from 2-12 credits for their internship experience during any semester. A course on career exploration (CDCI 200) is also offered.

Binghamton University undergraduate and graduate students may also earn credit for internships through their academic departments.

The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development is a comprehensive career center serving all Binghamton undergraduate and graduate students. The Center encourages students to engage in opportunities early in their college years to explore career and major options. For more information visit the Fleishman Center online or in the University Union.

Binghamton University encourages students to study abroad as valuable preparation for an increasingly interdependent world. Study-abroad programs provide opportunities to live and learn in societies around the globe. Semester, academic year, summer, winter and short study tours are generally available. Many disciplines are represented, and study in the major is normally possible and encouraged. Graduate study may be possible at some sites.

Binghamton University currently sponsors the programs listed below on an ongoing basis. For details, see

Murdoch University

University at Graz

Language and Culture in Quebec Summer Program

Doing Business in Emerging Markets Winter Program

Chinese Business Language and Culture at Fudan University
Soochow University
Understanding Contemporary China Winter Program

Costa Rica
Tropical Ecology and Conservation Short Term Program

Dominican Republic
Decker School of Nursing Summer Program

Art and Archaeology at Peyre Blanque Summer Program
French Language and Liberal Arts at the University of Paris (Sorbonne)

German STEM Summer Program
University of Leipzig

Global Health and Culture Summer Program

Lorenzo de Medici Institute Semester in Florence or Rome
Lorenzo de Medici Institute Summer in Florence, Rome, or Tuscany

Kokugakuin University

Service Learning and Community Development Summer Program

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane Semester Exchange
Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane Summer Program

The Netherlands
Utrecht School of Economics
Utrecht University

Service Learning and Language Immersion Program

South Korea
Hanyang University Summer Program
KAIST Semester Exchange
Korea University Semester Exchange

Summer Language, Literature and Culture in Madrid

Bilkent University Exchange
Bosphorus University Semester Exchange
Bosphorus University Summer Program
Koc University Semester Exchange
Middle East Technical University Semester Exchange

United Kingdom
Lancaster University
The London School of Economics and Political Science
Semester in London Program
University of Bath
University of East Anglia
University of Edinburgh
University of Nottingham

Brockport Vietnam Program

Binghamton students may also study abroad on programs sponsored by other campuses of the State University of New York. Credits are normally transferable to Binghamton. Cooperative policies within SUNY allow students to maintain their residency on such programs. Students are urged to begin planning for study abroad as early as possible, ideally in the freshman year. For further information, contact the Office of International Programs (OIP), LNG 300.

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University Summer Session

The Summer Session is composed of three terms within an 11-week period (Term I, late May-June; Term II, July-August; Term III, variable dates) during which a wide variety of both traditionally taught and distance learning courses are scheduled in most upper- and lower-division areas of the University curriculum. A Summer Session website,, lists the courses to be offered. A schedule of classes for Summer Session is also available on the BU BRAIN. Students may earn up to 16 hours of academic credit (a maximum of eight credits in Term I and maximum of eight credits in Term II). Binghamton University students should contact the financial aid office to determine eligibility for financial aid during the Summer Session. The Center for Learning and Teaching administers Summer Session.

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University Winter Session

The Winter Session is composed of a single four-week term that runs from the mid-December to mid-January. Winter Session hosts a select variety of traditionally taught and distance learning courses from across the upper- and lower-division areas of the University curriculum. A Winter Session website,, lists the courses to be offered. A schedule of classes for Winter Session is also available on the BU Brain. Students may earn up to 4 hours of academic credit during Winter Session; financial aid is not available during Winter Session. The Center for Learning and Teaching administers Winter Session.


The Harpur College Academic Advising Office offers advising to all Binghamton University non-degree (non-matriculated) students. At Binghamton University, a non-degree student is approved to take courses, but is not admitted into a degree program or a declared major. Non-degree students must apply and be approved after certain criteria are met, after which students are free to take any classes that are open at the time of registration.

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University-Wide Courses

University-wide courses, offered under the UNIV rubric, are credit-bearing courses whose subject matter is not accommodated in existing University departments or schools. UNIV courses are open to all undergraduate students, regardless of school. Students may count no more than eight credits of UNIV courses toward graduation.

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Binghamton University Scholars Program

Each year, Binghamton University invites a small number of outstanding incoming freshmen to join the Binghamton University Scholars Program, a highly selective all-University four-year honors program for students of exceptional merit. The mission of the Scholars program is to provide incoming students of exceptional merit with a four-year commitment to an intellectually stimulating program of both curricular and extracurricular activities that connect students to each other and the best minds across the University and beyond, with a goal to provide Scholars with foundations and opportunities in:

  • Leadership
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Civic engagement
  • Integrity
  • Building community
  • Balance and well-being
  • Diversity of perspectives
  • Creativity, innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit
  • Experiential/active learning
  • Effective communication

All freshmen Scholars live in the Newing College residential community as part of the Scholars Learning Community and have the option to remain in Scholars housing for all four years. Graduates of the Scholars program earn "President's Honors" or "All-University Honors" recognition upon graduation.

The Binghamton University Scholars curriculum includes:

  • A freshmen experience course, SCHL 127, Thinking Like Leonardo da Vinci
  • Civic engagement in SCHL 227, Leadership, Project Management, and Service
  • The opportunity to take courses created for, and offered only to, Scholars (SCHL 280)
  • Special experiential-learning and capstone-project opportunities in the junior and senior years

For further program details, visit

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English Language Institute (ELI)

The English Language Institute serves international undergraduate and graduate students as well as students who have graduated from American high schools. Its goal is to help students improve their ability to use English in an academic context so that they may achieve their academic potential. Undergraduate students register for an ELI course after taking an English Language Assessment given during International Student Orientation or by special arrangement with the director of the program. Undergraduate students receive credit for ELI courses. Graduate students may register themselves for courses and will receive between one and four credits that count toward the number of hours they need to be full-time students, but no course credit. ELI classes are for full-time, matriculated students, but limited spaces are available for non-matriculated students as well.