The Division of External Affairs
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We pursue partnerships that make a difference.

Our mission is to engage with our region, its businesses, its schools and its people. Every day, we strive to be more relevant and essential to our community.

Shuji Isawa

To honor our very first international student, Shuji Isawa of Japan, we held a two-day Japan Festival that included traditional music and theater.

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COMMUNITY: Your Community's University

These three community programs—focused on students in middle school, in high school, and with special needs—illustrate some of the ways Bridgewater State University serves its region.

INTERNSHIPS: Savanna Gardner

"The fact that I worked with so many different people within the office made this internship that much more valuable, because it taught me multiple marketable skills."

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Minnock Center for International Engagement

The Center for International Engagement is focused on maximizing the quality and frequency of transformative, international experiences for all members of the Bridgewater State University community and citizens of Southeastern Massachusetts. At the same time, the center focuses institutional resources to ensure that all international students and visitors have positive, far-reaching engagements both on campus and throughout the region.

Strategic Goals

  1. Increase global awareness and the appetite for international engagement both on campus and in the region.
  2. Foster and nurture partnerships, exchanges and research initiatives between BSU students, faculty and staff, and their international counterparts.
  3. Establish deep connections between international students and visitors and all segments of the university community in order to enhance and enrich the academic, social and cultural experiences for all.
  4. Offer a comprehensive range of institutional support services for traveling members of the BSU community as well as international students, visiting faculty and staff, and other members of the global community on campus.
  5. Serve as the nexus of knowledge and expertise for the University community and region on all matters related to international engagement.

The Office of Global Studies is the Minnock Center’s academic component, and our goal is to create a learning environment on campus that increases global awareness and enhances cross-cultural communication and understanding.

Global Studies works closely with the five area studies programs on campus: Africa, Asia, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. We enrich the curriculum with international elements, foster a wide range of scholarly, cultural and extra-curricular experiences for our students, and expand faculty exchanges with partner institutions. In addition, we encourage joint research and community service opportunities between our faculty and their counterparts abroad.

Through an academic lens, we are building a global culture on the Bridgewater campus and providing our community with opportunities to have a better understanding of the world at large.

The Office of Study Abroad offers more than 75 programs in more than 35 countries around the world. Students can study as far away as China or as close as Canada, in a small village, on a coffee plantation, or on a large ship at sea. Our range of programs includes exchanges, study tours, semester programs, and summer programs – something to suit everyone.

Studying abroad is a great way to experience a new culture and gain proficiency in another language. You’ll expand your world view, acquire marketable skills, learn more about yourself, and (most important) develop the mindset of a global citizen.

Students can spend a summer, winter, semester or year abroad and still graduate on time. Recent adventures of Bridgewater students include attending universities in Ireland, Hong Kong, and Australia, teaching at a school in Puerto Rico, studying business in India and art in Tanzania, and performing community service in Cambodia, Nicaragua, and Cape Verde.

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is committed to providing high-quality services and programs to international students and scholars as well as cultural engagement opportunities for everyone on campus and beyond. Our mission is to enhance the educational experiences for both students and scholars, and facilitate positive growth as Bridgewater’s global community continues to evolve.

We are excited about Global Village, an activity-rich Residential Learning Community on campus for incoming international students and US students interested in a living experience that is both local and international. Global Village residents develop cultural compatibilities, language and global citizenship skills, and a better understanding of our world’s diversity.

ISSS also assists with maintenance of immigration status, pre-arrival and re-entry information, on- and off-campus employment authorization, and more. Our series of informational workshops includes a specialized orientation for students and scholars that helps smooth transitions to the American way of life. We also engage our community and the region at large through a variety of cultural programs and social opportunities.

ISSS is serving international students from Albania, Angola, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, China, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Sierra Leone, Slovak Republic, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Venezuela and Vietnam.


Office of Regional Partnerships


volunteer hours logged in the region by members of the Bridgewater community


community service programs sponsored by Bridgewater


average number of  Bridgewater students participating in community service and service learning each academic year


Bridgewater students each year (on average) participate in undergraduate research, many conducting research for local and regional businesses, nonprofit agencies, cities and towns


of Bridgewater graduates remain in the region - working, paying taxes and contributing to the economic and cultural life of our communities

Bridgewater educates the largest number of new PreK-12 educators in the commonwealth

Bridgewater educates the largest number of science and mathematics teachers in the commonwealth


cities and towns in Southeastern MA, the fastest-growing region in the commonwealth



Institute for Policy Analysis and Regional Engagement

At the Institute for Policy Analysis and Regional Engagement (IPARE), our aim is to help Southeastern Massachusetts move forward through strategic, research-based changes to policy, workforce practices and economic development. Working with regional stakeholders, we raise awareness of critical opportunities and challenges facing the region, shape public debate about these issues, and marshal the university’s resources to address them.

Our activities include workshops, discussions and rigorous research designed to foster communication and promote stakeholder engagement, citizen and municipal training programs to facilitate regional development, and the creation of internship, partnership and research opportunities that forge strong connections between our region and Bridgewater’s students and faculty.

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Office of Internships

Bridgewater students who pursue internships can take their education to a higher level.

Internships give students beyond-the-classroom opportunities to gain new skills and hands-on experience, explore career possibilities, build their professional networks and boost their résumés.


Employers who hire Bridgewater interns value their strong work ethic and fresh perspective.

BSU interns are educated, interested, diverse — and highly motivated. They bring great ideas to the table, and the vast majority of them will stay in the region, expanding and enhancing your hiring options.



Office of University and Community Partnerships

A Shared Journey with the Town of Bridgewater

For more than 170 years, the Town of Bridgewater and Bridgewater State University have shared a journey defined by growth, challenge and change. The town has been essential to the advancement of the university’s mission — and today, we cooperate in countless ways. New opportunities for community partnerships and civic engagement surface every day, and the importance of these opportunities cannot be underestimated.


One Book One Community

Our One Book One Community program promotes literacy while building community and understanding among town and university residents. In addition to organizing book selection and promoting the information, we also host discussions and events centered on the book we are all reading. Join us and share your thoughts.




Contact Us

Events Contact Information

Division of External Affairs

Boyden Hall, Room 211

131 Summer Street

Bridgewater, MA 02325

Tel: 508.531.6189