Global Partnerships & Programs

Bringing IU to the world, and the world to IU

Farther and in more directions, IU Bloomington continues to expand its global connectedness. International studies and programs have been a trademark of our campus for more than 50 years.

Our global activities and initiatives include recruiting and supporting international faculty and students, collaborative research with overseas scholars, international arts outreach, dual degree programs and partnerships with many countries, visits from foreign dignitaries, study abroad opportunities, and growing our international alumni networks.

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Leadership and support in international affairs

The IU Office of the Vice President for International Affairs (OVPIA) provides support and immigration services for international students, faculty, and visiting scholars—as well as leadership for international student recruitment and overseas study programs. The OVPIA also helps IU establish and enhance partnerships with universities all over the world.

Office of International Partnerships

To increase opportunities for international experiences and research collaborations, the Office of International Partnerships builds and nurtures international programs and partnerships with nearly 60 institutions. Those programs include degree programs and global faculty and graduate student exchanges—as well as IU presidential delegations abroad.

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IU Global Gateway Network

The IU Global Gateway Network is taking big steps in building global relationships by forming international gateway offices. The IU Mexico Gateway in Mexico City opened in 2018. The IU Europe Gateway in Berlin opened in 2015. The IU India Gateway in Gurgaon (a New Delhi suburb) and the IU China Gateway in Beijing opened in 2014. Additional overseas offices will be established in the coming years. The international gateway offices support research and teaching, conferences and workshops, study abroad, distance learning, student recruitment, alumni engagement, and business partnerships.

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Global research and philanthropy

The School of Global and International Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences offer area studies centers for specific countries and regions of the world—such as Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Russia, and the Middle East. Supported by faculty with deep knowledge in these regions, the centers provide rare expertise-training in advanced research skills, cultural understanding, historical perspectives, and foreign language competency needed for work and life in global environments.

IU researchers collaborate on countless projects with international partners—often through philanthropic ventures in public health and human rights. The OVPIA Office of International Development pursues and manages externally funded grants for programs that empower IU faculty, students, and staff to improve the lives of people worldwide. Current projects include the Transformational Leadership Program, Youth Leadership Programs, the Mandela Washington Fellows Program, and Beyond Borders: A Workshop of Filmmaking across the Punjab Region.

300+overseas study programs

50+countries partner with us in 200+ programs

15IU presidential delegations since 2011

Alumni chapters on every continent

More than 13,000 IU alumni live all over the world—with international chapters on all continents. Wherever they are, IU alumni can look to fellow alumni for local information, social and cultural events, and career assistance.

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