Mission

Supporting international knowledge and experience for the 21st century

Our mission is to serve all campuses of the university; provide leadership and advocacy for their international programs, projects, and activities; and coordinate the resources necessary to sustain their growth. Our services and programs offer many avenues that enable students, faculty, and staff to pursue international knowledge and experience. To implement our mission, we

  • Provide systemwide support and immigration services for international students, faculty, and visiting scholars
  • Provide leadership and direction concerning international student recruitment, admission, and retention initiatives
  • Provide review, oversight, and authorization of all IU-sponsored activities that involve students studying or traveling abroad
  • Develop and administer systemwide study abroad programs
  • Develop and administer systemwide exchange programs for faculty and students
  • Maintain strategic partnerships with select peer institutions abroad in priority countries
  • Provide review and oversight of IU’s agreements with overseas institutions of higher education and cross-border activities
  • Increase the university’s capacity to provide institution-building abroad through externally funded technical- and development-assistance projects
  • Offer grant opportunities for international travel by faculty and students, intensive language training for faculty, international training for graduate students, and the hosting of scholars from abroad for short-term visits to IU
  • Disseminate news and information on international scholarship and activities throughout the IU system

Planning for the future

IU created its first international strategic plan (ISP) in 2008. We used this document to guide seven years of incredible achievement. In 2015, we reviewed and updated the ISP to plan for the next several years.

Read the plan