Welcome to the Office of International Education and Development (OIED). Here you will find useful information on how Appalachian State University is internationalizing its campus and programs.

Please click on a department name for more information on how we can serve you.

Departments

OIED is structurally organized into five departments:

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.

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.

A Boomerang's Journey
Kylee Mroz
Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, Australia

"The Aboriginal translation of my name is Boomerang, which I think is cool. Before I was born my family spent 4 years in Australia. Growing up I learned a lot more about Australian culture and creatures than most kids. Now I have the chance to spend 5 months studying abroad there. This will be my first trip alone to a foreign land (I don't count going Mexico for 3 days with my dad doesn't count as a foreign adventure) and I hope my travels will inspire you to visit a land I have always dreamed of visiting."

Daydreaming in Denmark
Elyse Lawson
Denmark - Danish Institute for Study Abroad

20. Wisconsinite in Appalachia. Class of 2016. Lover of good books, good tea, good friends, and amazing new places. Currently studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Global Studies major with a focus in international politics and relations. Taking in everything to understand what it is to be Danish.

International Student Teaching

Appalachian State University promotes preparation for citizenship in the interdependent world of the 21st century. Hence, the Office of Field Experiences of the Reich College of Education strives to provide its teacher candidates with a well-rounded education through multi-cultural and international opportunities. Students seeking the North Carolina teaching license are afforded opportunities to complete a portion of the student teaching experience in another country.

Margaret in South Africa
Margaret Fagan
University of Johannesburg; Auckland Park, South Africa

"Another Appalachian State University student (Abby) and I will participate in a 4-week study abroad experience in Johannesburg that was coordinated by the Honors College at App. Since I am planning to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy upon graduation from App, this trip is perfect for me. I can’t wait!"

News

Nominations for 2014 Global Leadership Awards now open
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 12:12pm

The Global Leadership Awards Program is an annual award to recognize students, faculty and staff who have made a significant contribution to advance global learning at Appalachian. This award recognizes extraordinary contributions of students, faculty and staff who have initiated, developed and/or supported opportunities for global learning. Recipients will be recognized during the Appalachian Global Symposium in November 2014.

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Appalachian receives $397,713 grant to continue Pakistani schools exchange program
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 1:52pm

Appalachian State University has received a third grant totaling $397,713 from the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, to continue an exchange project between public schools in Watauga County and Taxila, Pakistan.

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Appalachian’s American Cultural Center in China focuses on sustainability
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 8:27pm

Sustainability was the theme for recent activities at the American Cultural Center in Shenyang, China. The center, located at Northeastern University in Shenyang, is co-directed by Appalachian State University. It was launched in May 2013 with an initial $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State.

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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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