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About International Studies


Illinois State's Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) coordinates a full range of international activities and services for domestic and international undergraduates, graduates, professors and researchers. We are proud that the mission and related goals of OISP contribute toward the internationalization and diversification goals of the University's Educating Illinois plan.

Practically speaking, OISP manages numerous International Linkages across all continents so that hundreds of students, both international and domestic, may study abroad at Illinois State or around the world; partners with University departments to enhance mutual understanding across disciplines and cultures by hosting and exchanging Illinois State faculty and international researchers and professors; and provides professional development seminars in management for participants from developing government, nonprofit and private organizations.

We welcome you to contact us to learn more about how our mission to educate, support and serve can assist you with your internationalization endeavors!

Our Mission: Educate, Support, and Serve

In 1968, a Faculty-Student Task Force on International Education called for the establishment of the Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) to foster the development of foreign study programs, faculty exchanges, co-curricular cross-cultural programs, and a foreign student program.

Over the years, OISP has become an increasingly important and visible facilitator of the educational goals of Illinois State University, as the demands for globalization and international programming impact our university and surrounding communities in many different and challenging ways.


To fulfill its mission, OISP works to achieve three main objectives:

  1. Advance international education by providing students with first-hand experiences in global affairs and cross-cultural activities
  2. Support international scholarship, including the research, teaching, and service efforts of faculty and other professionals on campus
  3. Provide educational programs on global issues

More specifically, OISP works closely with academic units across campus to:

  • Internationalize education programs, research, and training opportunities.
  • Promote collaborative agreements and exchange with foreign institutions.
  • Serve hundreds of international students and scholars from all continents.
  • Offer opportunities for students to increase their awareness and appreciation of other cultures through exchanges and educational forums that focus on international issues.
  • Engender a sense of community for all students through programming designed to promote a sense of global citizenship.
  • Promote participation in exchange programs for both faculty and students.
  • Provide opportunities for professional development through international teaching, seminars, tours, and research activities.

The quality of OISP programs is the product of an outstanding staff and the faculty and resources of a world-class university. Illinois State faculty members who participate in OISP programs have outstanding teaching credentials, and combine research-based knowledge with practical application and international experience.

For more information about the International Studies Office please call us at (309) 438-5276.

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