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For more than a century, Indiana University, one of our nation’s foremost public universities, has been deeply engaged in global and international issues. With the establishment of the School of Global and International Studies, there are even more reasons to make Indiana University your destination for an international studies degree:

  • IU offers more language programs than any other public university. Students can choose from 70+ language offerings—everything from Afrikaans to Zulu and Russian to Pashto. Explore our language programs »

  • Liff classIU ranks #10 in the nation in student study abroad, sending students to more than 250 destinations.

  • IU is a top destination for international students. In 2013/14, we welcomed over 6,600 international students from over 125 countries to IU Bloomington. 

  • IU ranks #6 in most innovative colleges for language studies. Students choose the School of Global and International Studies for its area studies centers and extensive language programs.
  • IU has 3 Language Flagship Centers (Arabic, Chinese, and Turkish- More than any other university in the nation!
    Visit IU's Language Flagships webpage HERE
  • Lee Hamilton and Richard LugarSGIS offers students the opportunity to learn from leading scholars. Our faculty includes Richard Lugar, former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Lee Hamilton, former chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, two winners of the prestigious MacArthur “genius” award, two former ambassadors, as well as over 300 other accomplished core and affiliated faculty members.

  • The federal government has recognized SGIS’ excellence in international affairs by designating it as home to seven U.S. Department of Education Title VI Centers, including three Language Flagship programs and two National Language Resource Centers. These unique centers and programs offer students the opportunity to achieve a superior level of fluency in less common languages and world areas.

  • Bloomington, Indiana is the quintessential college town with one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. Students can easily walk or bike to entertainment, restaurants and shops that neighbor the grand limestone buildings in which they live and learn. Further, Bloomington’s proximity to the great cities of Chicago, Nashville, Louisville, and St. Louis offers students even more places to explore during their college years. Visit Bloomington.

  • Little 500Bloomington has been named one of the nation’s top college sports towns. Indiana University in known for its Big Ten athletics, outstanding recreational sports program, and its popular annual Little 500 bicycle race.

  • SGIS offers a worldwide network of IU Alumni. Among the IU alumni working in international affairs are notable national figures including Bob Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Marie Harf, Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, and Thomas Montgomery, former Lieutenant General of the U.S. Army. Prominent international IU alumni include Michael Higgins, the president of Ireland, and Deepender Singh Hooda, India’s youngest member of parliament.

  • SGIS is one of five founding institutions of the Carnegie International Policy Scholars Consortium, together with Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Read more »

  • Lotus

  • Bloomington offers world music and arts. The annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, based in downtown Bloomington, features four full days of music and performances from around the world. Students can find additional international performances at the IU Auditorium, foreign films at the IU Cinema, and at many more venues throughout the city!

  • SGIS is growing. The School has embarked on the nation’s most ambitious recruiting drive for the world’s leading policy scholars with plans to hire 25 new faculty.