Office of International Education

Globalization of Education

OIE 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.

For information, contact: Dania Brandford-Calvo, PhD, (401) 874-2018

Overarching Goals

  • Nurture students’ participation in global education through education abroad and credit bearing international internships
  • Foster cross-cultural, professional and global skill developments of URI and visiting exchange students
  • In partnership with the Offices of Risk Management, Public Safety and the Global Steering Committee, generate international crisis management plan and global education standards
  • Encourage the discovery and discussion of social, cultural, economic and challenges occurring worldwide


  • Serve as Responsible Officers and Designated School Officials assuring compliance with SEVP’s and the U.S. State Department’s regulations
  • Organize orientation services for international students, student interns, research scholars, professors, and spouses and dependents
  • With the Global Steering Committee publicize global education administrative standard aimed at the formulation of international agreements
  • With the Offices of Risk Management and Public Safety generate an international crisis management plan

Organizational Structure

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


  • Semester and Short-term programs
  • Faculty-Led and J-term Programs
  • Cross-Cultural and Capacity Training Programs
  • Summer Engineering Academy
  • International Internships
  • English Immersion Summer Programs


  • International Education Agreements (MOU/MOA)
  • Faculty Led Programs Development Workshops
  • Student Mobility Scholarships
  • Collection of global education empirical data
  • English Language Certification of International Teaching Assistants

Non-discrimination Statement

It is the policy of the University of Rhode Island not to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, color, creed, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or discriminate against disabled and Vietnam era veterans in the recruitment, admission or treatment of students, the recruitment, hiring or treatment of faculty and staff, and in the operation of its activities and programs, as specified by State and Federal Laws.

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