Office of International Programs and Services

About IPS

Mission and Overarching Goals

The Office of International Programs and Services provides leadership and advocacy for students and scholars through international programs and activities on campus and its surrounding community, promotes study abroad opportunities, and coordinates international-related resources for the campus community. IPS is the main hub of international engagement at WCU.

We work with students, faculty, and staff on campus, in Western Carolina, and throughout the world to:

Global Learning

  • Provide international learning opportunities in order to develop globally-engaged, interculturally-sensitive students
  • Develop and coordinate WCU’s short-term, summer, semester and yearlong study abroad programs

International Students and Scholars

  • Engage international students and scholars into the campus and local community
  • Provide immigration services and transitional support for international students and scholars
  • Oversee international enrollment management (recruitment, admissions, marketing)

Faculty and Staff International Development

  • Support international teaching and learning
  • Develop and provide international development programs for faculty and staff

International Partnerships

  • Develop and facilitate international engagement and partnerships
  • Strategically implement international partnerships

Community Engagement

  • Increase cross-cultural understanding through outreach programs on-campus and throughout the local community
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