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International Mission

Today’s shared global environment delineates the performance of the next generation of specialists regardless of their academic preparation, government, or business orientation.  For this reason, the International Center strives to contribute to a world class performance in higher education that translates into globalization of education through institutional linkages and promotion educational opportunities that increase students’ cross-cultural global skills in a variety of global environments.

Studying and/or interning abroad will help you gain the most from life-changing academic, career, and personal objectives you will encounter while abroad. Together, these objectives foster:


  • Cultural Awareness and Competence
  • Professional World Competitiveness
  • An Enriched World Perspective
  • Exposure to Multilingual Environments
  • Self-confidence


Overarching Goals

  • Nurture students’ participation in global education through education abroad and credit bearing international internships (e.g., semester, spring break, and summer and Winter J term)
  • Work in partnership with academic and administrative units to develop standards for international internships, formulation of international MOU and MOA documents, and international crisis management protocol
  • Serve as Responsible Officers assuring compliance with Student andf Exchange Visitor Program regulations
  • Organize orientation services and cross-cultural advising for international students international interns, research scholars, visiting international professors, and DGC sponsors


Organizational Structure

Reporting to the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs and joint collaboration with the Office of International Students  & Scholars, the Office of Faculty Led Programs, the National Student Exchange and the English Language Study Program, the Office of International Education coordinates and/or administers activities in the following areas:

Student Mobility Agreements and Collaborations:

  • International MOU's and Student Exchange Agreements (undegraduate and graduate, visiting and degree students)
  • Exchange and Visiting Student Exchange Programs
  • Winter and Summer Faculty-Led International Programs
  • URI Sponsored International Internships

International Clearinghouse Projects

  • Track and facilitate international scholarships that support international and global student mobility
  • Participate in the implementation of the Global Education Advisory Committee
  • Track empirical data that examines the correlation between the study away experience and degree completion
  • Manage hybrid international/national education programs where URI grants credit for academic activities at non-URI locations


Building Capacity Projects

  • English Languange Studies Program
  • International Teaching Assistants English Language Certification
  • English Immersion Summer Program
  • Cross-Cultural and International Capacity Training Programs


For additional information, contact:

Dania Brandford-Calvo, PhD


(401) 874-2018


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