The mission of the Office of International Studies and Programs is to lead the comprehensive internationalization of Illinois State University to be a globally connected university.
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:
More specifically, OISP works closely with academic units across campus to:
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.