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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. In the Institute for International Education's Open Doors report, CIS ranked 23rd in the nation for sending students abroad in 2020-2021. CIS houses the Department of International and Area Studies, the Education Abroad office, the International Student Services office, the Center for English as a Second Language, the OU in Arezzo and OU in Puebla study abroad centers, the dean's staff 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. 

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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, partner university and partner provider 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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CIS News

September 26, 2023

IAS Professor Mark Raymond Cited in The Economist

Raymond co-authored an op-ed for The Diplomat that was referenced in a September 21 article in The Economist, "China's Claim to the South China Sea Gets Even Odder."

September 12, 2023

IAS Associate Professor Fabio de Sa e Silva Wins 2023 Law and Society Association Article Prize

Fabio de Sa e Silva, Associate Professor of International Studies and Wick Cary Professor of Brazilian Studies in the Department of International & Area Studies, was just awarded the 2023 Law and Society Association Article Prize for his 2021 article, “Relational legal consciousness and anticorruption: Lava Jato, social media interactions, and the co-production of law’s detraction in Brazil (2017–2019)” in Law & Society Review.

September 11, 2023

Student Group from OU’s Partner University in Mexico to Screen Documentary on Campus

On Tuesday, September 12, two students from OU’s partner university in Mexico, Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), will be hosting a screening of their new documentary, Tijuana: Ciudad de Migrantes. The event is sponsored by the OU Center for the Americas, and representatives from Education Abroad will be present with information about study abroad opportunities at OU’s Mexican study center, OU in Puebla.

September 07, 2023

OU College of International Studies To Host Leading Academic Journal

Beginning in fall 2023, the David L. Boren College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma will host International Theory, a journal of international politics, law and philosophy. Mark Raymond, Wick Cary Associate Professor of International Relations in the Department of International and Area Studies and Associate Director for International Security Policy at the Oklahoma Aerospace and Defense Innovation Institute, will serve as the journal’s associate editor.

September 07, 2023

Sooner Magazine: A Safe Haven for Scholars

Read the article in Sooner Magazine about the Omar Khayyam Scholars-at-Risk Program at OUt. Named for the famed Persian philosopher and scientist and led by former College of International Studies Dean Scott Fritzen, the program offers visiting positions to academics displaced from their countries due to conflict or restricted freedoms.

August 29, 2023

CIS Alumni Sarah Ex and Erin Eskew Named Winners of 2023 Oklahoma NextGen Under 30

NextGen Under 30 recognizes and encourages the next generation of innovative, creative, and inspiring individuals who push the boundaries in various categories of endeavor. In addition, award winners are selected based upon their participation in and contribution to their communities. A panel of respected business and civic leaders serve as judges.


The scholars-at-risk program is an initiative of the College of International Studies to host scholars across the University of Oklahoma campus who have been displaced from their countries due to conflict or curtailing of academic freedoms.

Learn about the scholars-at-risk program

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