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Enhance Your Global Fluency.

The College of International Studies aspires to be a national center of excellence and innovation in international education. Our goals are to broaden international exchange and research partnerships and to enhance the global fluency of our students so they can become compassionate, open-minded global citizens and leaders.

The David L. Boren College of International Studies (CIS) advances international educational opportunities for all OU students. In the Institute for International Education's Open Doors report, CIS ranked 23rd in the nation for sending students abroad in 2020-2021, and in the top 40 for doctoral-granting institutions in 2018. CIS houses the Dean’s Staff, the Department of International and Area Studies, the office of Education Abroad, the office of International Student Services, the Center for English as a Second Language, the OU in Arezzo and OU in Puebla Study Centers, and several international institutes and centers. Together, these entities enhance research and learning about global affairs and amplify global engagement for the entire University of Oklahoma campus. Big 12 statement against racism

Our Departments

Department of International & Area Studies

The Department of International and Area Studies is a multi-disciplinary department comprised of talented professors who study diverse regions and issue areas. IAS offers 9 majors, 11 minors, and 3 master's programs.

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International Student Services

International Student Services assists more than 2,000 international students and dependents from over 130 countries. ISS offers guidance on student visas and U.S. immigration regulations and also facilitates students programs and activities.

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Education Abroad

Through Education Abroad, nearly 1,500 OU students study at approximately 80 countries each year. EA offers signature programs at International Study Centers in Mexico and Italy as well as faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct enroll programs.

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Center for English as a Second Language

The Center for English as a Second Language offers intensive English language courses on OU's Norman campus. CESL prepares students to attend U.S. universities by teaching academic English and U.S. culture.

Learn more about CESL

Recent CIS News

Remarks from U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the 10th Anniversary of the David L. Boren College of International Studies

Linda Thomas-Greenfield is U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and a former colleague and friend of the late Ambassador Edward J. Perkins, the first executive director of the University of Oklahoma's International Programs Center, which became the College of International Studies. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield sent her congratulations and well-wishes via video message on the occasion of the College's 10th anniversary celebration in November 2022.

Giving Day 4.13.23
College News

March 20, 2023

OU Giving Day 2023: Support international students and study abroad on April 13

Turkiye and Syria Earthquake Relief: How to Help. A strong earthquake struck the city of Kahramanmaras in southeastern Turkey with a magnitude of 7.5 on February 5th.  The death toll has already exceeded 2,300 in neighboring cities in Turkey and Syria and is expected to rise. Thousands of survivors are left homeless under the winter snow, and they need help. Below is a list of organizations that accept donations in USD.
College News

March 20, 2023

Turkiye and Syria Earthquake Relief: How to Help

Michelle Morais de Sa e Silva
Faculty News

March 09, 2023

OU News Profiles IAS Assistant Professor Michelle Morais de Sa e Silva for International Women's Day

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Center News

March 08, 2023

Institute for US-China Issues Announces Call for Applications for the Newman Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Victor Maqque speaks at the CFA event
Center News

March 02, 2023

Center for the Americas and Center for Brazil Studies Host Panel Discussion on Political Protests in Brazil and Peru

Afshin Marashi
Faculty News

February 14, 2023

IAS Professor Afshin Marashi Edits Special Issue of the journal Iranian Studies, "Parsis and Iranians in the Modern Period"

Mark Raymond
Faculty News

February 07, 2023

IAS Associate Professor Mark Raymond named Associate Director for International Security Policy at the Oklahoma Aerospace and Defense Innovation Institute

Katherine Holden
Student News

January 19, 2023

IAS Major Katherine Holden Presents at Top Conference in Jordan

For more recent stories, visit our news page.


The scholars-at-risk program is an initiative of the College of International Studies to host scholars across the University of Oklahoma campus who have been displaced from their countries due to conflict or curtailing of academic freedoms.

Learn about the scholars-at-risk program

The OU College of International Studies is proud to partner with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to welcome Afghan refugees to the OKC metro area.

Learn about the College of International Studies Afghan Refugee Project

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