Office of International Education

Globalization of Education

International Mission

Today’s shared global environment delineates the performance of the next generation of specialists regardless of their academic preparation, government, or business orientation.  For this reason, the Office of International Education strives to contribute to a world class performance in higher education that translates into globalization of education through institutional linkages and promotion of educational opportunities that increase students’ cross-cultural global skills in a variety of global environments.

Overarching Goals

  • Serve as a forum for the celebration of contributions by cultural groups in the US and away
  • Examine the discovery of social, cultural, and economic challenges occurring worldwide
  • Nurture students’ participation in global education through education abroad and credit bearing international internships
  • Work in partnership with academic and administrative units to develop standards for international internships, formulation of international MOU and MOA documents
  • Work in partnership with the Office of Risk Management to establish international crisis management protocols
  • Serve as Responsible Officers assuring compliance with SEVP standards and regulations
  • Organize orientation services and cross-cultural advising for international students international interns, research scholars, visiting international professors, and Degree Granting Colleges (sponsors)

Organizational Structure

Reporting to the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs and in joint collaboration with the Office of International Students  & Scholars, the Office of Faculty Led Programs, the National Student Exchange and the English Language Study Program, the Office of International Education coordinates and/or administers activities in the following areas:

Student Mobility Agreements and Collaborations:

  • International MOU’s and Student Exchange Agreements (undegraduate and graduate, non-degree visiting and degree students)
  • Winter and Summer Faculty-Led International Programs
  • URI Sponsored International Internships
  • Building Capacity Programs

International Clearinghouse Projects

  • Track and facilitate international scholarships that support international and global student mobility
  • Membership in the URI Global Steering Committee comprised of faculty and administrators
  • Collect empirical data about global experiences
  • Manage hybrid international/national education programs that earn URI credit

Building Capacity Projects

  • International Teaching Assistants English Language Certification
  • English Immersion Summer Program
  • Cross-Cultural and International Capacity Training Programs


For additional information, contact:

Dania Brandford-Calvo, PhD
(401) 874-2018


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