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IUPUI Office of International Affairs
902 W. New York St.,
ES 2126
Indianapolis, IN 46202 USA
Phone: (317) 274-7000
Fax: (317) 278-2213

Front Desk Hours
Monday - Friday,
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Curriculum Internationalization at IUPUI


  • "Internationalization is the process of integrating an international, intercultural, or global purpose, function, or delivery of education." (Knight, 1999)
  • "Rethinking basic course concepts from a different perspective using knowledge from other traditions, developing intercultural communication skills, and emergence of positive attitudes toward diverse cultures." (Whalley, 2000)

Curriculum Internationalization at IUPUI

There are many ways to support internationalizing the curriculum at IUPUI.

Become a Fulbright Scholar

The Fulbright Scholar Program provides teaching and research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in over 125 countries worldwide. Learn more about IUPUI Fulbright Scholars and the Fulbright program.

Global Voices Speakers Program

The Global Voices Speakers Program is a resource available to faculty members wishing to internationalize their course content. GVSP volunteers are international students who participate in in-class panel discussions or provide formal presentations on topics related to their home country and culture. Faculty can work together with GVSP volunteers to create an interactive inter-cultural experience for their students.

International Learning Goals

IUPUI was one of 6 universities selected to participate in the American Council on Education's 2004-2005 Internationalization Laboratory to integrate international learning throughout the undergraduate experience.

Download IUPUI Guidelines for International Learning.

Global Crossroads Videoconferencing Facility

The Global Crossroads laboratory contains interactive video and audio equipment for face-to-face distance communications to support international learning, dialogue, and partnership. Contact Dawn Michele Whitehead for course development ideas and to tour the facility.

Strategic Partnerships

IUPUI has comprehensive, long-term partnerships with Sun Yat-sen University (China) and Moi University (Kenya).

The collaboration and interchange that results from IUPUI's comprehensive partnerships will enable students to gain a knowledge and familiarity with the partner university — its faculty, students, and home country — that spreads across the IUPUI campus, modeling the globalized nature of scholarship and science today while developing skills of cross-cultural exchange, reciprocity, and respect.

Contact Ian McIntosh for more information and to get involved.

Community of Practice on Understanding Society and Culture

This faculty Community of Practice focuses on implementation of Principle of Undergraduate Learning #5, Understanding Society and Culture. If you are interested in developing curriculum modules or conducting research in this area, please contact Dawn Michele Whitehead at

Community of Practice Resources

Kindle Books

Kindles are available and may be checked out by any IUPUI teaching faculty or staff member. Reserve a kindle by contacting Dawn Whitehead.

Please print and fill out the Kindle Loan Agreement before pick-up.

Below are some of the Kindle titles available for faculty check-out
through the Office of International Affairs.
Title Author ISBN
Walking Together, Walking Far: How a U.S. and African Medical School Partnership Is Winning the Fight against HIV/AIDS Fran Quigley, Foreword by Paul Farmer 978-0-253-22089-9
Internationalisation and the Student Voice: Higher Education Perspectives Elspeth Jones 978-0-415-87128-0
All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror Stephen Kinzer
Educating Global Citizens in Colleges and Universities: Challenges and Opportunities Peter N. Stearns 978-0-415-99024-0
Globalization of Education: An Introduction Joel Spring 978-0-415-98947-3
The University and its Disciplines: Teaching and Learning within and beyond disciplinary boundaries Carolin Kreber 978-0-415-96521-7
Cultural Education — Cultural Sustainability: Minority, Diaspora, Indigenous and Ethno-Religious Groups in Multicultural Societies Edited by Zvi Bekerman, Ezra Kopelowitz 978-0-415-99590-0
The United States and Mexico: Between Partnership and Conflict, 2nd Edition Jorge I. Domínguez, Rafael Fernández de Castro 978-0-415-99219-0
Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors Shaped Globalization Nayan Chanda

Digital Resources: DVD Documentaries

Copies of the listed titles are available and may be checked out by any IUPUI teaching faculty or staff member. Reserve copies by contacting Dawn Whitehead.

Here are some of the documentary titles available for faculty check-out
through the Office of International Affairs.
Title Country Reference
Waiting for Superman USA Education System
Mardi Gras Made in China China
Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited China, Japan, and USA
Two Million Minutes China, India, and USA

Books on Kenya

Copies of the listed titles are available and may be checked out by any IUPUI teaching faculty or staff member. Reserve copies by contacting Dawn Whitehead.

Below are some of the titles available for faculty check-out
through the Office of International Affairs.
Title Author
Facing Mt. Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Not Yet Uhuru: An Autobiography Oginga Odinga
The Dilemma of Curriculum Relevance in Kenya Nabwala Otunga
Africa in History Basil Davidson
Africa Writes Back: The African Writers Series & The Launch of African Literature James Curry
Makers of Kenya's History: JM Kariuki Simiyu Wandibba
Makers of Kenya's History: Masinde Muliro Simiyu Wandibba
Makers of Kenya's History: Jaramogi Oginga Odinga E.S. Atieno Odhiambo
Writers in Politics Ngugi wa Thiong'o
The River Between Ngugi wa Thiong'o
The Kenyatta Succession Joseph Karimi, Philip Ochieng
Unbowed: One Woman's Story Wangari Maathai
Tom Mboya: The Man Kenya Wanted to Forget David Goldsworthy
The Peoples of Kenya Joy Adamson
Kenya Book of Records: Amazing Facts About Kenya Kandia Mwaniki Wachira
The Yardstick: A Publication of Moi Girls - Eldoret, Issue Oct. 2007 Edited by Veronica Mochama

Additional Kenya Resources

As part of this Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program, faculty from Moi University prepared presentations on a variety of topics that address aspects of Kenya. They also provided related readings on the topics. If you are interested in learning more about Kenya or integrating aspects of Kenya , please visit

Why is Curriculum Internationalization Important?

Academic Goals

  • Strengthening liberal education to prepare students for productive citizenship, lifelong learning, and multiple careers
  • Enhancing the quality of teaching and research through knowledge about scholarship and teaching around the world and the use of diverse theories, research approaches and cultural perspectives

Economic Goals

  • Preparing students for careers that are potentially international
  • Contributing to local economic development and competitiveness

Social Goals

  • Enhancing students' ability to live an increasingly multicultural environment in the United States of America
  • Enhancing the development, excellence, and relevance of institutions in other countries

National Security and Foreign Policy

  • Producing experts required to support U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy
  • Creating goodwill and support for the United States of America in other countries

From Green, M. F. & Olson, Christa (2008). Internationalizing the campus: A user's guide. American Council on Education Center for Institutional and International Initiatives: Washington DC.

How Do I Internationalize?

International Awareness

Infusing curriculum with international examples, cases, and perspectives.

  • Goal for Students: Understanding that knowledge is not from a singular cultural base and that knowledge is applied differently in different cultural settings
  • Focus: General, introductory subjects
  • How:
    • Include international origins and interpretations of key concepts in the discipline
    • Stimulate interest in non-domestic issues and events with exposure
    • Presence and inclusion of international students and their knowledge of their home countries

International Competence

Building cross-cultural interaction in formal and informal experiences of university life

  • Goal for Students: Communication and engagement in cross-cultural settings

International Expertise

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