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Who we are

Mary Beth Polk

International Programs Coordinator, IAC Advisor

Mary Beth Polk

Mary Beth earned her Bachelor’s degree from OU in International and Area Studies, focusing on Asian Studies. She was an exchange student in Beijing and upon graduation moved to Chongqing, China to teach English to university students. She loved it so much she stayed for four years! Her main instructional focus was intercultural communication, and she is passionate about teaching others how to communicate well with people from different cultures. She enjoys trying new foods, eating ice cream, and any opportunity to travel with her husband. As both an exchange student and expat, she understands what it’s like to live and study in a foreign country, and she enjoys helping students navigate life at OU.

Courtney Crowder

International Programs Coordinator

Courtney Crowder

Courtney is from a small town in Ohio. Family trips at an early age sparked her interest in travel and learning about other cultures. With her passion for travel she has always known she wanted to join the Peace Corps. She was given the opportunity to be a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, West Indies. During her time there she fell in love with the people and the land and has since called St. Vincent and the Grenadines her second home.

Courtney completed her undergraduate degree at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, attaining a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. She continued her education by earning her Master of Social Work at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a certificate in Veterinary Social Work. In her free time, she likes to read, play with her fur baby and try new foods.  She is excited to be at OU and work with the OU international community!

What we do

The International Programming team offers many events and cultural activities to support OU’s international student population as well as facilitate cross-cultural exchange on campus. From coordinating new student orientation, offering helpful workshops, providing excursions to experience Oklahoma, educating the Norman community about global cultures, to facilitating the Friends to International Students friendship program, the David L. Boren College of International Studies is dedicated to providing international students rewarding and substantive programming while they attend OU.