Office of International Initiatives
Internationalization at USF
Internationalization is a cornerstone of a USF education. Diversity of perspectives, experiences, and traditions are essential components of quality education in today’s global context. There is a critical need to prepare students for a pluralistic world and for complex challenges that require teamwork, synthesizing diverse perspectives, creative problem-solving, and multidisciplinary solutions.
USF strives to achieve its vision of a global education through a robust commitment to outbound programs such as study abroad and faculty-led immersions; vigorous support for incoming international students and visiting scholars; expansion of campus-based curricular and co-curricular opportunities that allow students to engage with international; institutional commitments and collaboration with international networks; creating an innovative home for global learning and, in so doing, enabling the University’s efforts to build a sustainable and more humane, just world.
Office of International Initiatives.
The Office of International Initiatives (OII) brings together several key units that collaborate with each other, serve as ambassadors for international, and work directly with faculty, staff, and students to advance the international dimensions of USF’s mission.
OII works closely with leadership, faculty, and campus partners to advance internationalization at USF and enhance the scope of the university’s partnerships, global programs, and support for international students and scholars. Housed in the Provost’s office, the Office of International Initiatives is led by Associate Vice Provost Anastasia Vrachnos and encompasses the Center for Global Education, International Student and Scholar Services, and Immersion Programs.
International Student and Scholar Services
ISSS promotes a global perspective for the USF community through educational and programmatic outreach while fostering the holistic development of international students/scholars by providing support services and immigration advising.
The Center for Global Education
CGE is dedicated to the development of academic programs throughout the world and to the creation of an educational environment at home and abroad where students are challenged and inspired to enhance their social and intellectual awareness by exploring different cultures, lifestyles, values, and beliefs.
GI programs engage the USF community in the pursuit of justice through opportunities through dynamic experiences, depth of thought, imagination, and spiritual reflection. At its center, all Global Immersions have the Jesuits Mission of Social Justice, focused on academic and mindful growth.