The Spring 2016 Study Abroad Application is now open!
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.
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.
Doug Mulford (class of 2015) traveled on the faculty-led program Rhythm and Revolution: Exploring Music and Dance in Cuba and documented his experiences. Here is a short clip of his upcoming documentary.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 '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 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.