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Fast Facts

Academics

  • 6 major programs and 8 minor programs
  • Average of 950 enrolled students and 100 graduates per year
  • Weekly lecture series held on Wednesdays at noon during fall and winter semesters on topics like Race: Myths and Realities, Challenges to Democracy, Engaging Global Inequality, Environmental Stewardship, Women and Politics, and more
  • Notable authors present at the Book of the Semester lecture every fall and winter semester 
  • Kennedy Mentors available to help juniors/seniors map out their path to global careers each fall/winter semester

Scholarships

  • Advise students on 18 different scholarships including the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Boren Awards, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS), and Critical Language Scholarships (CLS)
  • 5 of those scholarships are unique to the Kennedy Center—Global Opportunity Scholarship, Kennedy Scholars, Kennedy Research Fellows, Diplomacy Scholarship, and the ISP Discount

International Study Programs

  • 4 program types are offered: study abroad, international internships, direct enrollment, and field school programs
  • 2,360 students participated in 206 programs in 48 countries in 2022
  • 17% of students study abroad while at BYU
  • Annual Photo Contest awards cash prizes each year for photos taken on international study programs around the world 
  • Program participants can create and submit videos to the Film Festival for a chance at cash awards and a spot on our BYU Stories Abroad YouTube Channel

Student Organizations and Clubs

  • 4 diplomatic simulation programs—Model United Nations (MUN), Model Organization of American States (MOAS), Model Arab League (MAL), and Model European Union (MEU)
  • Additional student organizations and clubs explore professional opportunities in diplomacy (FSSO), development (SID), national security (NSSA/Praemon), international law (ILSA), and global business (GMSA) 

Outreach

  • Administer the China Teachers Program—a nonprofit organization sending degree-holding professionals on a one-year service experience in China
  • Support the International Society—an association of business professionals with international interests who are members or friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Host a Model United Nations (MUN) conference for high school students each year
  • Creator and owner of CultureGrams, a widely known and loved resource for education, private, and public organizations since the 1980s—available for purchase through many schools across the U.S. via ProQuest
  • Producer of films including Helen Foster Show: Witness to RevolutionThe Kennedy Way, and ten documentaries in the Beyond the Border Series, including our award-winning films on energy in Central Asia (Fault Lines and Pipelines), Korean Reunification (Unfortunate Brothers) and Brazil’s unique identity (Fronteira da Grandeza

Social Media

  • 8 social media accounts that connect alumni, students, and friends of the Kennedy Center 
  • 1200+ recorded lectures from scholars, diplomats, and international professionals on our YouTube channel

Notable

  • BYU was Ranked #1 in the nation for Boren Scholarships and #2 in the nation for Boren Scholarships and Fellowships in 2022
  • Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Open Doors Report ranked BYU and the Kennedy Center's International Study Programs as 14th largest in the nation
  • BYU and the University of Utah were selected by the U.S. Department of Education to partner in both an Asian and Pacific Studies Consortium and a Latin American Studies Consortium hosted by the Kennedy Center
  • BYU’s MUN has competed since 1965 and had a 13-year streak where both countries received the top “outstanding” award 
  • Collegiate Model EU was created in partnership with University of Washington and Scripps/Pomona as part of BYU’s Center for the Study of Europe Title VI National Resource Center (NRC)