Radford University is committed to providing a world class program of global engagement. International and intercultural learning and experience are central components to a high quality undergraduate and graduate experience in the strongest terms. This focus stems directly from the Radford University strategic plan and is manifest in a variety of programs, e.g. the Radford University core curriculum, study abroad (long and short term), international student exchanges (graduate and undergraduate), and memorandums of understanding with institutions outside the United States offering opportunities for exchanges.
Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisors soon after arrival on campus to begin a conversation about global engagement and how their active and engaged involvement can enhance their graduate experiences as well as their competitiveness in an increasingly competitive job market.
The Offices of International Education (Cook Hall) provide the administrative structure for a variety of programs and issues regarding international learning, cultural issues, and diversity concerns.
International Education Center
Dr. Paul Currant, Director
105 Cook Hall
The International Education Center assists students in their transition to college life at Radford University and to the United States. The office provides information, services and programs to help students become successful at the university. Some services include international student orientation programs, as well as social and educational programs for international students. Located in Cook Hall, the office works closely with students, faculty and staff before their arrival and during their stay at Radford University, and with any immigration concerns.
Annual programs are designed to provide students with the opportunities to share their culture with others. They include but are not limited to: Diversity Week, the International Friendship program, and annual International Banquet. The center also co-sponsors many other cultural awareness and social events throughout the year.
The International Education Center staff understands the needs and concerns of the university’s international student population. The staff highly encourages students to utilize the center’s variety of resources. Please visit www.radford.edu/iec for more detailed information or call (540) 831-6200. Office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (EST), Monday – Friday.
Other Services for International Students
The International Student Affairs Council (ISAC), a branch of the Student Government Association, was founded to address international student concerns and issues. ISAC plans and coordinates international related activities sponsored by various on-campus organizations and clubs. It also seeks to help the entire campus community understand and appreciate the rich variety of cultures represented by our international student body. ISAC serves as the ears, eyes, and voice of international students, with a mission to make the transition into college and U.S. an easier journey.
The African Student Association (ASA) is a student organization open to any student. The purpose of ASA is to support and unite all students interested in learning about African issues, and to educate members on the history, culture and traditions of the nations of Africa.
Global Highlanders (GH) is a student organization for all students and faculty who have participated in or are interested in international studies. With a desire to bring global awareness to students, GH promotes study abroad and organizes intercultural events.
Faculty Advocating Cultural Exchange and Support (FACES) supports new international students immediately upon their arrival and throughout their first semester at RU. Faculty volunteers offer social events and faculty mentorship as students work through their initial adjustment to American life and academics.
International Friendship Program (IFP) provides an opportunity for local residents to welcome new international students and extend friendship in practical ways. Volunteer hosts and students look for times in their schedules during the student’s first semester in the U.S. to meet together in activities ranging from dinner in the host’s home to outings or community events to celebrating American and the student’s holidays together.
International Student Mentor Program (ISM) pairs new international students with a current international or domestic student mentor who is responsible for providing new students with information and support, connections to campus resources for academic and social success, and helping them engage in campus social activities and events. Contact the International Education Center for more details about these and other programs and services.