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When Adrienne Nussbaum, the Director of OISS, created the Global Proficiency Program in fall of 1999, she never imagined the international impact her unique model would make. The GP Program has graduated BC students for 8 years now, and many of these students have gone on to successful careers, graduate study, and scholar programs. One of the many rewards of Adrienne’s work is having these students share such life successes relating them to the gifts and formation the GP Program offered them.


The idea for the GP Program sprouted from Adrienne’s own experience as an American student who studied abroad and found that such an experience is indeed a very significant part of one’s education, development, and future. Seeing that the world of academia rarely offered any program that allowed for students to expand upon their international experiences through coursework, projects, service, and professional development, Adrienne created the GP Program. It is a program that has had tremendous success here at BC, and Adrienne is rightfully very proud of her contribution to the field.


But what has been a source of even greater pride for Adrienne is the ripple effect that is taking place domestically and internationally. At this time, the GP Program has been highlighted on major websites, in academic publications, at presentations at national conferences, and more. It’s potential and rewards are contagious, and many institutions recognize that and have sought Adrienne’s support and direction in replicating her model at their own schools.


The award-winning GP Program is a model being sought, replicated, and tapped into at the following universities, high schools, and institutions:

  • Needham High School
  • University of Kansas
  • North Carolina State University
  • Lehigh University
  • Wheaton College
  • Edgewood College
  • UMASS Amherst
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Texas A&M
  • Brown University
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • University of South Carolina
  • Pittsburgh State University
  • Jones International University
  • Peace Corps Master’s Program
  • Hartwick College
  • University of Central Oklahoma


And, on an international level…

Thompson Rivers University

York University


University of British Columbia

Tamkang University


New Zealand

Victoria University of Wellington


Advanced Studies in England


It is obvious this program has made quite an impact on many educational systems, experiences, and individuals. It is truly a symbol of a creative, inspiring effort that has taken flight. To learn more about the GP program, please visit