The COVID-19 pandemic has abruptly transformed operations across IU, and has had particularly significant consequences for the international mobility of students, faculty, and staff. Many of our programs have been disrupted—including study abroad, faculty research exchanges, and events at the Global Gateways.
These developments challenge us, because the immersion in foreign cultures that international mobility facilitates is a powerful and transformative learning experience. But they also focus attention on a persistent challenge to international education, namely accessibility.
Our efforts in the coming academic year will be devoted to addressing this accessibility gap by bringing internationalization home. We plan to draw on IU’s rich global resources and international connections to offer more international and intercultural learning opportunities for all students, whatever their campus, discipline, or degree program.
To guide our efforts, we will use UN Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries as a focal point for our programs and for our own practices.
Access to international learning opportunities
Intercultural and international education is central to the university’s mission. Our goal is to help students understand the limits of their own experience, increase their critical capacity to understand other perspectives, and ultimately develop a personal commitment to the principle that all people, in all societies, are entitled to dignity, respect, and security.
Leverage IU’s connections and expertise to stay global
Through our global gateway network, international university partnerships, and alumni chapters, we have an extensive international network of contacts; and resources to help connect faculty members with people, organizations, and opportunities across the world.
Work with IU Global staff to brainstorm ideas and make the process easy. Find an international expert, easy peer-to-peer connections for your students, flexible exchanges and ongoing conversations.Learn more and request a consultation
Keeping the conversation going
IU offers connections and support for meaningful exchange – both in-person and virtual – like the Global Gateway webinar series. Cross-cultural, collaborative, and engaging sessions that bring together faculty, alum, experts, students, and community members across the world.
While global mobility is put on pause, we strive to be responsive and continue meeting immediate needs and concerns across all areas of OVPIA.
Find information regarding changes to university policy and practice that affect international affairs.