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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.

Award: Honorable Mention, Hamid Naficy Iranian Studies Book Award, Association of Iranian Studies, Exile and the Nation: The Parsi Community of India and the Making of Modern Iran, by Afshin Marashi
College News

September 19, 2022

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

Award: Honorable Mention, Hamid Naficy Iranian Studies Book Award, Association of Iranian Studies, Exile and the Nation: The Parsi Community of India and the Making of Modern Iran, by Afshin Marashi
Faculty News

September 14, 2022

IAS Professor Afshin Marashi's book, Exile and the Nation, receives Honorable Mention for the Hamid Naficy Iranian Studies Book Award

Students on an OU in Puebla study abroad program
Study Abroad News

September 13, 2022

Centers Week: Get to Know Our Study Centers in Italy and Mexico!

Cesar Salazar and his winning paper
Student News

September 09, 2022

International Grad Student Cesar Salazar wins best student paper at European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology

Husnia Hazara and Mehri Rezaee
Research Centers News

September 08, 2022

Farzaneh Family Center Hosts Scholars from Afghanistan as Part of CIS Scholars-at-Risk Initiative

Joshua Landis
Faculty News

Professor Joshua Landis contributes to Responsible Statecraft Symposium: "Was withdrawing from Afghanistan the right thing to do?"

Jacqueline Gibson, Jueju prize winner
Research Centers News

August 29, 2022

2022 Newman Prize for English Jueju Poetry Winners Announced

Michelle Morais de Sa e Silva
Faculty News

August 15, 2022

IAS Assistant Professor Michelle Morais de Sa e Silva named Vice President of the International Public Policy Association (IPPA)


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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