Office of International Initiatives Celebrates the One Year Anniversary of the Georgia State University International Center

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – On September 2, the Office of International Initiatives celebrates the one year anniversary of the Georgia State University International Center.  During the 2015 opening ceremony, more than 300 members of the Georgia State University community and distinguished guests gathered for the celebration and tours of the space on the third floor of Dahlberg Hall.

The center, which was formerly the home of the President’s office, houses the Office of International Initiatives.

Since the Strategic Plan was adopted in 2011, both the number of international students studying at the university and the number of students studying abroad has increased. There were 2,081 international students studying at Georgia State in 2015, up from 1,955 in 2014, and nearly 1010 students studied abroad this past academic year, up from 833 in 2014.

Media Contact

Homma Rafi
Media Contact
Office of International Initiatives
404-413-2533
hrafi1@gsu.edu

Highlights from the Office of International Initiatives’ units from the 2015-2016 academic year include:

International Programs & Projects

  • 85 Summer Institute students from four countries
  • 73 Global Ambassador Program students
  • 25 International Education Week events across campus
  • 18 unique Friday Conversation Series topics presented

Confucius Institute

  • 100 business professional attendees for Chinese business panels
  • 100 student attendees for national Chinese Holiday Programs on campus
  • 13 young leaders and professionals selected in collaboration with the World Affairs Council of Atlanta for an exclusive business program to China
  • 2 student recipients of the Confucius Institute study abroad scholarship

Study Abroad Programs

  • 1010 students embarked on a study abroad program, making Georgia State history in sending over one thousand students abroad for an international education opportunity
  • $915,000 of study abroad scholarships awarded to students
  • 75 unique faculty-led study abroad programs offered

International Partnerships & Agreements

  • 139 agreements executed in 32 countries with 114 international institutions
  • 44 international visitors and delegations welcomed to the International Center
  • 22 international scholars participated in the Faculty Mentoring Program

The center’s goal is to continue creating opportunities to maximize interaction of the campus community with international students and scholars, bring greater coordination among university international offices and programs, and provide meeting rooms for cultural events and workspace to accommodate international visitors, dignitaries and scholars.  The center also continues to provide a variety of services to assist faculty and staff and programs for international students at the university, as well as students seeking opportunities to study or work abroad.

Please click here to view the 2015 International Center Opening Ceremony photo album.

The Office of International Initiatives at Georgia State University is responsible for the strategic integration and coordination of the University’s international initiatives, partnerships, grants, program development and management, events and activities, study abroad programs, and the Confucius Institute.