Universities exist for a simple yet profound reason: to create new knowledge through research and discovery and to pass on knowledge to the next generation. It is also the duty of every university to prepare its students to become engaged and contributing citizens. In the 21st century, this task takes on new meaning.
The great compression of our world—a consequence of the spread of technology and information, the interdependence of economies, the transnational nature of major human challenges, and an increasing embrace of diversity—will only accelerate. We already see evidence of the emergence of a set of global "idea capitals," magnets for talents and creativity. To help you become citizens of this world, you will have one of the greatest opportunities available to an NYU undergraduate—the chance to pursue international study.