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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 and many others, 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.

 

Overarching Goals

  • Serve as a forum for the celebration of contributions by cultural groups in the US and away; and guide the discovery of social, cultural, and economic challenges occurring worldwide
  • 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 SEVP 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 University College, through the joint contributions of the Office of International Education, the Office of International Students  & Scholars, the Office of Faculty Led Programs, and the English Language Study Program, the International Center 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

 

Dania Brandford-Calvo, PhD

Director

brandford@uri.edu

(401) 874-2018