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About International Programs and Services

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.

Explore the executive summary of WCU's 2016-2017 Campus Internationalization here.

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

Strategic Internationalization Plan

Goal 1: Calculated on a rolling three-year basis beginning in 2015, increase the percentage of students who attend a program in another country to 253 by 2020, with focus on College of Business, Brinson Honors College, and International Studies majors.

Goal 2: Calculated on a three-year rolling basis beginning in 2015, increase the number of international student to 253 by 2020.

Goal 3: Increase the number of faculty and staff in the College of Business or on the International Studies faculty participating in an international experience.

Goal 4: Increase the number of undergraduate students participating in an international activity on campus.

Goal 5: Develop funding for international activities that will allow five faculty and five students each year to participate in a funded activity in another country by 2020.

Goal 6: Increase the number of incoming international faculty and professionals.

Goal 7: Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of IPS activities.

International Program Advisory Board

In cooperation with the Office of International Programs and Services (IPS) and other WCU units, explore and recommend initiatives that expand international experiences to all faculty, staff, and students; recruit faculty and students to participate in international research, study and internship; recruit talented international students and scholars to WCU; evaluate IPS programs; and develop WCU into a higher-tier global education institution for teaching, research, services, and other international activities.
1. Encourage more WCU faculty to develop high-quality faculty-led study abroad courses
2. Develop international internship opportunities for students
3. Recruit more WCU students to study and conduct internship abroad
4. Explore opportunities for faculty to teach and conduct research internationally
5. Recruit high-quality students and scholars from the global market to WCU
6. Promote WCU internationally through other creative initiatives
Meeting Frequency
Once a semester or as often as needed

Brian Kloeppel
Dean/Professor, Graduate School & Research,

Channa DeSilva
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, College of Arts &

Dan Grube
Associate Professor, Director, School of Teaching & Learning, College of Education and Allied Professions,

Farzaneh Razzaghi
Dean, Hunter Library,

Jen Schiff
Program Director/Associate Professor, International Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences,

Jill Granger
Dean, Brinson Honors College,

Ling Gao LeBeau
Director, International Programs and Services,

Santiago García-Castañón
Professor of Spanish, Department of World Languages,

Steve Henson
Associate Professor, College of Business,

Weiguo "Bill" Yang
Associate Professor, College of Engineering and Technology,

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