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A Vision for an "International" NIU

NIU is responsible for producing graduates who have a global perspective and are culturally sensitive and internationally competent so that they can be effective workers and citizens of an increasingly global and diverse society, economy, and workplace.

To accomplish this vision, the Division of International Affairs encourages:

  • Courses and academic curricula incorporating an international component/dimension
  • Quality and affordable study, work, and travel abroad opportunities in all areas of the world
  • A balanced and critical mass of international students at NIU that is integrated into the university and local communities
  • Faculty and staff at NIU who are involved in international teaching, research, performance, and public service programs
  • Faculty, staff, and students involved in international training and development assistance programs
  • Nationally recognized interdisciplinary centers for international studies serving students and faculty members

Mission Statement for Office of Associate Vice President

To insure meaningful and fulfilling global experiences for all members of the NIU community, staff in the Office of the Associate Vice President lead and support the work of the three main areas of effort in International Programs:  International Student & Faculty Office, International Training Office, and Study Abroad Office.  We reach out to the greater NIU community to infuse global perspectives throughout the teaching, research and engagement missions of the institution while supporting and maintaining the broader connections of NIU to the world.