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Enhance Your Global Fluency.

The College of International Studies aspires to be a national center of excellence and innovation in international education. Our goals are to broaden international exchange and research partnerships and to enhance the global fluency of our students so they can become compassionate, open-minded global citizens and leaders.

The David L. Boren College of International Studies (CIS) advances international educational opportunities for all OU students, and ranked in the top 40 for doctoral-granting institutions in the Institute for International Education's 2018 Open Doors report. CIS houses the Dean’s Staff, the Department of International and Area Studies, the office of Education Abroad, the office of International Student Services, the Center for English as a Second Language, the OU in Arezzo and OU in Puebla Study Centers, and several international institutes and centers. Together, these entities enhance research and learning about global affairs and amplify global engagement for the entire University of Oklahoma campus. Big 12 statement against racism 

Our Departments

Department of International & Area Studies

The Department of International and Area Studies is a multi-disciplinary department comprised of talented professors who study diverse regions and issue areas. IAS offers 9 majors, 11 minors, and 3 master's programs.

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International Student Services

International Student Services assists more than 2,000 international students and dependents from over 130 countries. ISS offers guidance on student visas and U.S. immigration regulations and also facilitates students programs and activities.

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Education Abroad

Through Education Abroad, nearly 1,500 OU students study at approximately 80 countries each year. EA offers signature programs at International Study Centers in Mexico and Italy as well as faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct enroll programs.

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Center for English as a Second Language

The Center for English as a Second Language offers intensive English language courses on OU's Norman campus. CESL prepares students to attend U.S. universities by teaching academic English and U.S. culture.

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Recent CIS News

For more recent stories, visit our news page.

Manata Hashemi
Faculty News

May 26, 2022

IAS Associate Professor Manata Hashemi publishes journal article, "Sacrificial Heroes: Masculinity, Class, and Wastepicking in Iran"

Ismael Carmona Casado with CIS Associate Dean Rebecca Cruise
Student News

May 23, 2022

Announcing Our 2022 Student Award & Scholarship Winners

Joshua Landis
Faculty News

May 17, 2022

Professor Joshua Landis interviewed for an episode of the Cato Institute's Power Problems podcast, "The Dangerous Contradictions in U.S.-Syria Policy"

Afshin Marashi
Faculty News

May 11, 2022

IAS Professor Afshin Marashi publishes journal article, “Rich Fields in Persia”: Parsi Capital and the Origins of Economic Development in Pahlavi Iran, 1925–1941"

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Awardees Taylor Cozzens, Liliana Macias, Elizabeth Smith and Katherine Stroh
Student News

May 09, 2022

Three OU Students and One Alumna Named Fulbright Award Recipients

CIS Associate Dean Mitchell Smith, EU Ambassador to the U.S. Stavros Lambrinidis, and OU President Joseph Harroz, Jr.
College News

May 03, 2022

CIS Sponsors Visit of European Union Ambassador to the U.S.

MENA at OU page screenshot
College News

April 22, 2022

CIS Launches New Webpage Focusing on Middle East and North Africa Studies, Research and Programs at OU

Michelle Morais de Sa e Silva
Faculty News

April 18, 2022

IAS Assistant Professor Michelle Morais de Sa e Silva re-elected for a second consecutive term for the advisory board (College) of the International Public Policy Association (IPPA)


Since the pandemic developed in 2020, many international students have continued to endure significant stress and hardship attempting to return to their home countries, cover the cost of rent and food and continue their studies. Please help us assist our international community and give today!

Learn more and Give to the International Student Pandemic Fund (PDF)

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