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International Linkage

International Linkages

International study is a very important part of the educational goals and strategic plan at Illinois State University. Globalization of the campus and the curriculum is specifically part of Educating Illinois, Goal 2, strategy 5.

The Unit for International Linkages (UIL) expands the international scope of the University and supports Educating Illinois by developing official agreements with universities abroad to facilitate the exchange of Illinois State and international students and faculty, and by providing the International Seminar Series, a weekly speakers program that educates our campus and local communities on world issues.

International Linkages advances internationalization at Illinois State by:    

  • Growing the number of Illinois State students studying abroad and international students studying at Illinois State; 
  • Facilitating faculty exchanges both here and abroad for collaborative research and professional development; and
  • Providing weekly opportunities for campus- and local-community members to learn about the hottest topics on the global stage today.

Interested in Creating An International Partnership or Leading a Program Abroad?

The Unit for International Linkages aims to increase the number of exchange institutions and expand into new countries so that opportunities for connections continue to grow. Take a look at current linkages.


Linkage agreements between Illinois State and universities abroad can be arranged as one-way (Illinois State students go abroad for a summer, semester, or year) or two-way (Illinois State students go abroad and international students come here for a summer, semester, or two semesters), or as a faculty-led program..


Creating an international linkage is a process. Deadlines have been established so there is ample time to recruit and complete program logistics. Please keep in mind that it typically takes two semesters to take a program from creation to realization.

  • New international partnerships:  two semesters prior to intended start date
  • Faculty-Led programs to run in Summer 2018:  April 1, 2017

Important Contacts

A Feasibility Team will help you consider the many important considerations of creating new programs, and guide you through the process from start to finish. Contact the team.

International Seminar Series: Your Weekly Trip Abroad!

The International Seminar Series offers the ISU campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics. 

Series events have become one of the most popular international-focused events on campus and continue to draw ever-growing crowds of students, faculty and community members. Audience members are given time at each event to raise questions to enable a two-way participation and learning.

International Seminar Series events are free and open to the public, and occur every Wednesday from Noon to 1 p.m. in the Bone Student Center's 1st Floor West Lounge. Please consult the University's calendar for more information on dates and times of these events.

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