About IGS

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Clayton Hall Conference Center, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark DE 19716
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The Institute for Global Studies (IGS) inspires and facilitates the pursuit of global understanding by developing innovative and inclusive programs of study, opportunities for experiential learning and strategic partnerships. 

Perhaps best known for leading the nation’s first study abroad program, IGS is also home to the first-of-its-kind UD World Scholars Program and the Delaware Diplomats Scholarship Program. IGS supports student success through advisement for prestigious awards, including Fulbright, Boren, Gilman and Critical Language Scholarships, as well as sponsorship of the International House (iHouse) Living Learning Community. 

The Institute annually administers internationally-recognized State Department public diplomacy programs, bringing 75+ young leaders from around the world to our Newark campus.  

IGS provides faculty funding for research and collaboration abroad, manages the University’s global partnerships and agreements process and sponsors signature events, such as UD Global Month and the Spring Fulbright Lecture Series.

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The Institute for Global Studies is a UD Global unit. Learn more about the Office for International Students & Scholars and Confucius Institute online

Mission

The mission of the Institute for Global Studies is to inspire and facilitate the pursuit of global understanding by developing innovative and inclusive programs of study for every member of the UD community and beyond. 

Vision

A leader in innovative global opportunities that inspires cross-cultural understanding and the exchange of knowledge for every member of the UD community and beyond. 

Core Values

Student Centered ● Integrity ● Flexibility ● Open Communication ● Team Work ● Accountability ● Leadership

Historic Beginnings 

The University of Delaware founded the nation’s first study abroad program in 1923, when Professor Raymond Kirkbride proposed a daring new plan to take eight students to France by ship for immersive language study during their Junior year.

 

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Innovative Firsts

Almost a century later, UD’s leadership in international education continues with 100+ study abroad programs in 40 countries and two first-of-their kind programs:

 

UD World Scholars Program

Delaware Diplomats Scholarship Program 

 

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Photo taken by Ben Shapira on the 18F Rome study abroad program.