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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.


The Office of International Education and Development is made up of three departments, working cohesively to acheive Appalachian State University's mission to internationalize campus. Click a department below for a more detailed description.


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.


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.


Ethiopia 2015: An Appalachian Study Abroad
Linda Coutant
Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia

In late 2013, Appalachian State University received a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia to work with Bahir Dar University (BDU) in developing BDU’s new doctoral program in educational leadership. The grant facilitates exchange visits, curriculum development and collaborative research/publication between BDU and Appalachian.

Linda Coutant is senior writer, editor and SEO specialist in University Communications at Appalachian State University, where she has worked since 1994.

Adventure is Out There
Kaitlyn Birdsong
Keele University, England

"Hi world, internet, frien…well people,

"If you haven’t figured it out my name is Kate. I’ve never had a blog or anything so bear with me while I fumble through figuring this out. It was recommended by my university’s international office that all students studying abroad should keep something like this, i.e. journal, blog, video diary, etc. So, it’s a blog for me because..."

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.

Delving into the Black Forest
Alec Wood
Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe ; Karlsruhe, Germany

Hi everyone! I'm currently a student at the quite lovely Appalachian State University prepping for my first year abroad. This blog will cover my day-to-day life in Karlsruhe, Germany and some of the things I'll be doing to prep before my journey.

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.


Appalachian and University of Havana sign exchange agreement
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 12:21pm

Sixteen years after first exploring an academic partnership in Cuba, representatives from Appalachian State University and the University of Havana have embarked on a formal educational partnership.

University members help with earthquake relief in Nepal
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 2:15pm

A faculty member and graduate student from Appalachian State University and in partnership with the Boone-based, non-profit agency Wine To Water are helping provide clean water to earthquake victims in Nepal.

Anastasiou appointed executive director of Appalachian’s Office of International Education and Development
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 4:39pm

Dr. Maria Anastasiou has been named executive director of the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) at Appalachian State University. Anastasiou came to Appalachian in June 2014 as director of international student and scholar services and outreach in OIED. She was appointed OIED executive director April 1, 2015.

Appalachian 4th among the top 40 master’s degree granting institutions for study abroad
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 7:57pm

The growing interest of students participating in study abroad at Appalachian State University has once again resulted in recognition by the International Institute of Education (IIE). In its 2014 Open Doors report, Appalachian is ranked 4th among the top 40 master’s degree granting institutions for the total number of students studying abroad in 2012-13, the year the rankings are based.

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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 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.