SGIS Programs

West wing first floor hallway at the global and international studies buildingThe School of Global and International Studies builds on more than a century of tradition and excellence in global studies on the Bloomington campus.

Today, some 700 students pursue undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees at SGIS. The new building in the historic heart of the campus links the University's nationally-ranked professional schools with the renowned College of Arts Our students graduate with genuine global understanding, bolstered by an emphasis on career services and successful placement in government, the private sector, nonprofit organizations, and academia.

The global traditions of SGIS date back to the earliest years of IU's history. The first international faculty member joined the university in 1836. Indiana's first overseas studies program opened in 1929. Today, three-quarters of SGIS students study abroad and, overall, Indiana University Students visiting the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in Oct. 2015Bloomington sends more students overseas than nearly any other campus.

Chancellor Herman B Wells put Indiana at the forefront of international education. Wells helped rebuild higher education in Germany after World War II and founded one of the nation's leading institutes on Russia and Eastern Europe in Indiana during the height of the Cold War.

Over the years, Indiana's scholars and students have developed partnerships with universities across the globe, making IU one of America's great global universities. Today, IU is a leader in bringing together area and international studies. We believe that to change the world, it is critical first to understand it.