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    Welcome to the College of International Studies!

    Based on President Boren’s vision of advancing a global prospective in all aspects of OU education, the College of International Studies was officially created in Spring 2011. Today the College includes the Dean’s Staff, the academic Department of International and Area Studies and the offices of Education Abroad and International Student Services as well as the OU Study Center in Arezzo, Italy. Together we work to provide an array of opportunities for students to learn more about themselves and the greater world around them.

    We invite you to take a moment to explore this website to learn more about our academic programs, education abroad opportunities, and international activities. Please feel free to contact us at 405-325-1396 or stop by our main office, located at Hester Hall 150, should you have any questions or want more information.

    Our Mission Statement

    The mission of the College of International Studies is to develop, implement and support opportunities for international education, research and service at the University of Oklahoma and abroad, and to enhance international awareness across campus, within the state and around the nation.

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    Suzette Grillot

    Suzette Grillot

    Dean, College of International Studies
    William J. Crowe, Jr. Chair in Geopolitics
    Vice Provost of International Programs

    Welcome from the Dean


    It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the College of International Studies!

    This is an exciting time at the College. The dedication to international learning, research and service at OU has never been greater. With support from President Boren, the University community and an active Board of Visitors, the College continues to work diligently to provide incredible international opportunities, relevant and engaging courses, and exciting cultural activities on campus. It is a great time to think internationally at OU.

    Without a doubt, we have some of the most intelligent, adventuresome and well-travelled students here at CIS and across campus. Through our Education Abroad (EA) office, we currently have students studying in amazing places such as Uruguay, South Africa, Egypt and China, among many other destinations. We are particularly proud of our OU signature study abroad program in Arezzo, Italy where students live and study in OU facilities and take classes in English from OU faculty. OU students may receive significant financial support to pursue these international and educational opportunities – and we are currently engaged in a fundraising campaign that will further enhance our ability to provide such important financial assistance. All OU Sooners should have the opportunity to grow and learn by studying overseas.

    In addition to developing and facilitating OU student opportunities abroad, the College of International Studies supports the office of International Student Services (ISS) as it works to bring international students to campus. The ISS staff serve nearly 2,000 international students and their dependents from approximately 120 different countries. Programs such as New International Student Orientation, Friends of International Students and the International Advisory Council help to incorporate international students into American college life and expose members of the university and the local community to different cultures and ways of life. Ultimately, this large and vibrant international student body at OU serves to enrich cultural awareness and diversity across campus.

    CIS is fortunate to also have excellent faculty within the Department of International and Area Studies (IAS). The faculty represent disciplines as diverse as Political Science, Anthropology, History and Economics, and focus on global areas such as Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, as well as topical areas such as human rights, global security and international political and economic development. In addition to taking courses offered by outstanding faculty, IAS students are guided through the program by our award-winning academic advising staff. Over the next few years the number of IAS faculty and the array of IAS classes offered will continue to grow, which enhances even further the international experiences available at OU.

    The coming months and years will undoubtedly be transformative ones. As we continue to develop, I welcome your suggestions on what we can do to make your international experience at OU second to none.

    As always, I urge you to get up and global!

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    Contact the College of International Studies

    College of International Studies
    729 Elm Ave. Hester Hall, room 150
    Norman, Oklahoma 73019
    Phone: 405.325.1396
    Fax: 405.325.7454
    E-mail: cis@ou.edu