Welcome to the webpage of the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) at Appalachian State University. Here you will find useful information on how Appalachian is internationalizing its campus and programs. Please click on any department name for more information on how we can serve you.

Appalachian State University combines a strong liberal arts foundation with a comprehensive, pervasive, and integrated commitment to internationalization. Through the curriculum, co-curricular activities, relationships with scholars and students from around the world, education abroad programs, grants, and scholarships for collaborative research abroad, and numerous cross-cultural programs, Appalachian creates opportunities for students to understand the world and be active participants in it. Appalachian’s ability to fulfill the commitment to internationalization is the result of bright and curious students working with an inspired and diverse faculty, a demanding and interdisciplinary curriculum, and a thriving international program.

Mission

The internationalization mission of Appalachian is to develop awareness, knowledge, appreciation, and respect of cultural differences in both domestic and international contexts in its students, faculty, staff and the surrounding communities. The University is also dedicated to creating a campus environment that builds the theoretical and practical skills needed to interact effectively in a global society.

Vision

Appalachian will be an institution of national and international repute that incorporates global content into its curriculum, co-curriculum, research and service to enhance the relevance of its educational programs in an interdependent world, resulting in graduates who are knowledgeable and responsible global citizens and leaders.

Core Values

Appalachian faculty members, staff, and students are committed to:

  • Active international scholarship.
  • Globally infused curriculum and co-curriculum.
  • Cross-cultural tolerance, respect and sensitivity.
  • International diversity of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Traditional and non-traditional international education.
  • Engagement in the global community.

Departments

OIED is structurally organized into five programmatic departments:

Blogs

Across the Pond and Back
Katherine Horvath
Keele University, England

I am a student studying Law through an exchange program for the semester. I do not want to forget any details of my semester across the pond, which is why I made this blog! Take a look around and follow along as I entwine my new culture into the old.

Eliza Kate Hallan
Veritas University, San José, Costa Rica

I have made it safely to San José, Costa Rica!

When I arrived at my home stay my host mother, “mamá tica” greeted me with open arms. After introductions and a few hello’s she quickly showed me my room and sat me down for a snack. She had baked a delicious carrot cake and my beverage choice was between three fruit drinks she had mixed together.

A Far Off Place
Andrea Restrepo
Bloemfontein, South Africa

Hello Readers! My name is Andrea Restrepo and I am a Senior at Appalachian State University. Elementary Education consumes my life, and I’m loving every second of it. Follow my blog to get up to date information on my adventure to Africa.

garypcamilleri: Adventures in South Africa
Gary Camilleri
Bloemfontein, South Africa

"When arriving in Johannesburg, South Africa we hopped on a “City Bug” which continued to bring us 5 more hours south to our final destination."

A life of Kaizen
Sam Utesch
Fortaleza, Brazil (Universidade de Fortaleza)

Welcome to my blog! Thanks for checking it out. I’m Sam Utesch, a Junior at Appalachian State University in the small town of Boone, NC. This is a written version of the crazy, hilarious, and awkward experiences that happen in my life whether it be aboard or at home. Just so you know, writing was never my strong point; that’s one of the main reasons I started this blog, hope you enjoy!

News

Global Leadership Award presented to Koehn, Meister and Burns
Monday, November 25, 2013 - 6:39pm

Three individuals from Appalachian State University have been recognized for their work to advance global learning. Receiving the 2013 Global Leadership Award are Jenny Koehn, Scott Meister and Madalyn Burns. The awards were presented Nov. 20 during a ceremony on campus.

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International education opportunities highlighted during study abroad fair
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 2:58pm

Appalachian State University students wanting to experience a different culture and expand their global understanding learned about short-term and summer study abroad programs during a Study Abroad and International Fair held on campus.

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Appalachian listed fourth among master’s degree institutions for its study abroad participation
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 5:16pm

The 2013 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange finds the number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by 7percent to a record high of 819,644 students in the 2012-13 academic year, while U.S. students studying abroad increased by 3 percent to an all-time high of more than 283,000.

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Students from the University of the Free State (UFS) visit North Carolina
Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 7:53pm

The aim of the University of the Free State’s (UFS) First year (F-1) Leadership for Change Program is to develop students’ thinking and capacity to lead in contexts of diversity and change and direct student to programs leading change in student life on campus.

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Malawi: A transforming experience inspires an ongoing relationship
Friday, September 6, 2013 - 11:04am

A study abroad experience related to sustainability has developed into an ongoing community relationship between Appalachian State University and the African nation of Malawi. That's the power of transformative experiences.

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Video

Malawi roundtable 2013

For decades, Appalachian State University has recognized the importance an international perspective has on undergraduate education. Appalachian's graduates are creative thinkers and problem-solvers—thought leaders who are easily able to adapt to a changing world. The legacy we leave our future generations will be graduates who are also able to apply global competency to their personal and professional lives, no matter where they live or where their career paths lead.

International Education is For Everyone

International Education Week 2013 http://iew.state.gov celebrates the diversity of voices that have studied abroad. It's your turn to experience international education today.

Aventuras en Bolivia: A Living History Experience

This video portrays one student’s experience in the high altitudes of Cochabamba, Bolivia and the surrounding areas. As a history graduate student, Samantha Lane recognizes many European influences on Bolivian culture, but is surprised to find that the indigenous traditions are still prominent in both the political and social sphere.

ASU Visit to MCC
In Focus: International Exchange Student

This video is the first in a two-part series following Regina Garcia Marin, an exchange student from Puebla, Mexico, through her experience at Appalachian State. From The Appalachian

American Cultural Center at Northeastern University, Shenyang, China
Appalachian Abroad: Cuba 2012

A collaboration between the Center for Study of the Cuban Economy at the University of Havana and Appalachian's Walker College of Business allows for the exchange of ideas between Appalachian students and faculty, and thought leaders in Cuba who are key to effecting change and building relationships between Cuba and the U.S. This partnership exposes Appalachian students to cutting-edge research by top Cuban economists who seek to adjust their country's socialist model to promote economic growth.

Melanie Whitaker: A passion for travel leads to overseas success

Melanie Whitaker '01 has one recommendation for Appalachian students and new alumni. "Experience what it's like to live in another country," she says. "You won't regret it."

Whitaker is the learning and development manager for the Dorchester Collection, three, five-star luxury hotels in the United Kingdom. She oversees training and development for more than 1,100 employees at The Dorchester, Coworth Park and 45 Park Lane.

Appalachian Abroad: Dublin, Valencia and London 2012

Appalachian State University combines a strong liberal arts foundation with a comprehensive, integrated commitment to internationalization. Through the curriculum, co-curricular activities, relationships with scholars and students from around the world, education abroad programs, grants and scholarships for collaborative research abroad, and numerous cross-cultural programs, Appalachian creates opportunities for students to understand the world and be active participants in it. Appalachian's ability to fulfill the commitment to internationalization is the result of bright and curious students working with an inspired and diverse faculty, a demanding and interdisciplinary curriculum, and a thriving international program.


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