Global impact. Local benefit.

International Admissions

Here is a brief overview of the progress and benefits of Marshall University’s growth through the promotion of global awareness. One of the most important aspects of the program that supporters should understand is that through thoughtful integration of our internationalization strategy, we will create a new cultural resource for all students and achieve this through increasing the number of tuition-paying international students. In short, it’s a program that benefits Marshall both financially and culturally.


Steady progress is being made toward a goal established in a 2009 initiative to increase the number of tuition-paying international students to more than 1500 by the fall of 2017.

The university is in the process of finalizing an agreement with a company to establish a joint venture partnership to recruit and support international students. Academic pathway programs, English language programs, and customized student support services are being developed to meet the international students’ unique needs. A global marketing effort launched in early November 2012 with the first intake of students arriving at Marshall this August.

The Center for International Programs (CIP) continues to assist in internationalizing Marshall University and the surrounding community through a coordinated effort. International services (international admissions, immigration services for students and scholars/employees, ESL training & testing, and study abroad advising) have been centralized under the CIP to effectively and efficiently support the international initiatives of the faculty, departments and colleges.

  • Enrich the entire undergraduate experience with international opportunities.
  • Expand the opportunities for study, research, and internship experiences abroad.
  • Expand international dimensions of the curriculum in all colleges and departments of the University.
  • Increase interactions between international and U.S. students, faculty and staff, both in the
  • classroom and through cultural and social activities.
  • Encourage and support international faculty experiences.
  • Increase the number of undergraduate and graduate international students attending Marshall.
  • Enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Center for International Programs’ operations.

During 2011-12, the following 42 courses with “international designation” were offered with 138 course sections: Cultural Anthropology, Global Macro Issues, Comparative Economic Systems, Economics of Developing Countries, International Trade, International Literature, International Financial Management, Intro to Human Geography, Economic Geography, Global Environment Issues, Geography of North America, Geography of U.S. & Canada, World Regional Geography, Geography of Russia, Global Health, The World Since 1850, The Developing World, World War II & the Cold War, Rise & Fall of Nazi Germany, The Modern Middle East, International & Cultural History of Modern Europe, Modern Japan, Bubonic Plague, International Communications, International Marketing, Comparative Philosophy, Comparative Politics, International Organizations, Western Democratic Politics, African Political Systems, Fundamental International Relations, International Political Economy, Current World and Regional Issues, American Foreign Policy, Islamic Political Ideas & Institutions, Politics of Conflict and Revolution, Politics of Global Terrorism, Religious Traditions of West, World of Islam, Buddhism, Intro to Safety, Population and Human Ecology (1.d)


  • Increase undergraduate student participation from 150 to 500 per year, or 10% of the study body, in the next five years.
  • Increase financial aid opportunities for study abroad.
  • Increase financial support for the Office of Study Abroad by funding full-time positions for Study Abroad Advisor and Study Abroad Director.
  • Ensure the highest possible quality of Marshall University study-abroad programs by developing procedures for regularly scheduled periodic evaluation of each program.
  • Encourage undergraduate participation in international research through financial support.
  • Develop programs for overseas service learning by Marshall students.