Executive Summary of Campus Internationalization (2016-2017)
The Office of International Programs & Services (IPS) at Western Carolina University (WCU) had a productive and successful academic year of 2016-2017.We received more international students than ever, with a 36% increase compared to 2015-2016, and sent over 2.3% of WCU student population to study abroad. Our innovative student and faculty engagement programs (e.g., I-PAL, I-CAT, and I-Friend programs) have successfully helped international students transit to campus life and adjust to the American culture. More importantly, those programs have expanded American students’ horizons and provided opportunities for them to explore international cultures and to obtain global perspectives on campus.
IPS is devoted to faculty international development. In 2016-2017, IPS co-founded the first Global Learning Academy at WCU, and has successfully developed the first team of six WCU faculty who work with professionals to internationalize curriculum. Along with the traditional faculty-led study abroad programs administered by IPS, an additional number of WCU faculty were engaged in international professional development devoted to student global learning. WCU faculty’s footprints were left literally all over the world (e.g., South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Russia, China, India, Korea, Japan, Cuba, Argentina, Peru, Australia, and may other countries). In 2016-2017, IPS also took a leadership role by developing WCU’s International Faculty and Staff Council to promote professional advancement, diversity and inclusion.
IPS developed long term partnerships with universities around the world by establishing bilateral agreements with six universities in 2016-2017 in China, Korea, Japan, Belgium, and Germany. We are honored to be friends to these reputable global institutions. Last but not least, IPS supported a Myanmar professor who was awarded an IIE grant through the Connecting with the World project, for the purpose of international education management training. WCU was one of only two universities in the U.S. that were honored with this opportunity.
In 2017-2018, IPS will continue to provide first-class academic enrichment programs and services to international students and scholars, study abroad students, faculty and staff, as well as engage in curriculum integration. IPS will continue to be a proud ambassador of WCU and to promote WCU’s strengths and opportunities to the world.
Highlights in 2016-2017
 This number excludes students from Jamaica program. In 2015-2016, there were 85 students. In 2016-2017, there is 0. It is expected in 2017-2018 the Jamaica summer program resumes.
 This number includes faculty-led domestic travel courses. Excluding domestic travel courses, the study abroad number in 2015-2016 was 218, and 205 in 2017-2018.