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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, and ranked in the top 40 for doctoral-granting institutions in the Institute for International Education's 2018 Open Doors report. 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.

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Recent CIS News

For more recent stories, visit our news page.

Cover of the Fall 2022 Compass: International Profile
College News

November 22, 2022

Fall 2022 Issue of College of International Studies Magazine, Compass: International Profile, is published

Vahid Davar
Center News

November 22, 2022

Vahid Davar Named Winner of the 2022 Jafar and Shokoh Farzaneh Prize for Best Article on Persian Literature

Chang Kuei-hsing
Center News

November 02, 2022

Sinophone Novelist Chang Kuei-hsing Wins 2023 Newman Prize for Chinese Literature

College News

October 31, 2022

CIS is hiring: Assistant/Associate Professor of Iran Studies

Afshin Marashi
Faculty News

October 26, 2022

IAS Professor Afshin Marashi publishes op-ed in The Oklahoman, "Iran's Struggle for Democracy Has a Long History"

Waleed Mahdi
Faculty News

October 26, 2022

IAS Associate Professor Waleed Mahdi elected as President of the Arab American Studies Association for 2023-2025.

Faculty News

October 03, 2022

IAS Professor Jonathan Stalling Leads UNESCO Writing Workshop

College News

September 19, 2022

Estate Gift Establishes Romanoff Center for Russian Studies, Professorship at OU


Since the pandemic developed in 2020, many international students have continued to endure significant stress and hardship attempting to return to their home countries, cover the cost of rent and food and continue their studies. Please help us assist our international community and give today!

Learn more and Give to the International Student Pandemic Fund (PDF)

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