Institute for Global Initiatives
Public Programs and Activities at KSU
Programs for Faculty
Teach and/or Research Abroad (SAFE Program)
KSU has established exchange agreements with partner institutions around the world to foster mutual understanding and collaboration. These exchanges bring international scholars to our campus and provide our faculty the rich experience of living, teaching, and conducting research abroad. Such exchanges enable students of KSU and partner institutions to interact with and learn from these visiting scholars. The Summer Abroad Faculty Exchange (SAFE) program has been established to further enhance our faculty exchange opportunities. While semester- and year-long exchanges are still encouraged, the SAFE program has appeal for those wishing to teach or research abroad for shorter durations. Contact Dr. Akanmu Adebayo at 770-423-6646.
Faculty Development Abroad and Internationalization Seminars
Travel and study in a new country and return to internationalize your courses. Each year during the summer break the University System of Georgia organizes faculty internationalization seminars and provides awards to help faculty cover the costs. The Institute for Global Initiatives collaborates with other units to match these awards. The result: Programs cost you next to nothing. Contact Dr. Daniel Paracka at 770-423-6732.
Conversations on Global Issues Series
Our “Conversations…” series is designed as a small group faculty seminar to stimulate the discussion of current issues in the international arena. Contact Dr. Akanmu Adebayo at 770-423-6646.
Other Programs for Faculty
*Matching funding to support faculty travel to attend international conferences and present papers;
*Service for international faculty to enable them maintain their visa status;
*Grant writing: support for faculty seeking external funding for international projects.
Programs for Students
KSU runs a number of study abroad programs and has links to hundreds more. Currently active programs are in Cuba, China, England, France, Ghana, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Russia, and Spain. New programs are added every year and scholarships are available. Contact Colleen O'Hara at 770-423-6336.
International Student Association
The ISA involves KSU's international students in campus and community life. The ISA organizes group outings, and host speakers and receptions. It sponsors the annual International Festival and the annual International Student Awards Banquet. Contact Catherine Odera at 770-499-3313.
Non-Resident Tuition Waivers
For selected international students on F-1 or J-1 visas, KSU grants a waiver of non-resident tuition. Selection is based on academic performance and community involvement. Contact Carmen Diaz at 770-499-3629.
Other Programs for Students
*Campus Internationalization Mentors Program
*The Global Society (Model UN, Model AU, Model AL)
*ESOL program *International Student Retention
*Conversation Partners Program
Programs for the Community
Presidential Consular Lecture Series
Named for President Siegel, the Presidential Consular Lecture Series is the platform on which members of the Atlanta consular corps give lectures and briefings on their countries' policies and their role in world politics. Lectures are free and open to the public.
International Speakers for Business, Civic Club, School or Religious Organization
KSU's international faculty and students are available to share with various audiences their stories either of their home culture or of their experiences in Georgia. Returned study abroad students are also available to discuss how their experiences changed their lives.
Interns for International Businesses
KSU's international students are talented people from over a hundred countries, enrolled in information systems, accounting, management, marketing, human services, nursing, etc. As interns, they bring international elements to business environments in Atlanta.
Our international students participate in community service activities in clubs, schools, churches, synagogues, mosques, and other organizations.