About the Office of International Education & Development
The U.S. economy has become global and the traditional job market more internationally competitive. It is readily apparent that the U.S. national economic prosperity and security interests are best maintained by Florida A&M University's ability to provide students with opportunities that enable them to compete successfully in the global marketplace and contribute to their respective communities. The Office of International Education and Development (OIED) is committed to working with the academic departments to move forward the internationalization agenda at FAMU as outlined in the University’s Strategic Plan.
As educators, OIED collaborates with the FAMU colleges and schools to provide international educational opportunities that enable our students to develop their cross-cultural competencies by becoming knowledgeable of world affairs, developing regional expertise relevant to their specific fields of study, and to become proficient in one or more foreign languages. The comprehensive international education program enhances the University's relevance in the international higher education community and encourages faculty, staff, and students to broaden their global engagement. Graduates with cross-cultural understanding, regional cultural expertise, and language competencies bring unique and beneficial skills to potential employers with international components. In a long-standing affiliation with the U.S. Department of State, OIED works closely with the Diplomat in Residence, a senior level diplomat who promotes both foreign and civil services career preparation for jobs with the Department of State.
OIED's experienced, professional staff works with students, faculty, and administrators in OIED’s four distinct units:
- Education Abroad and Exchanges
- International Development and Research
- International Students and Scholars Services
- Office of the U.S. Department of State Diplomat In Residence
OIED advocates and implements a comprehensive program of international education that addresses the university's Strategic Plan Initiative 5:5.1: Produce diverse and culturally astute graduates for the global workforce
Strategy 5.1.1: Maintain FAMU’s position as a top producer of African American baccalaureate degree recipients.
Strategy 5.1.2: Become a top producer of African Americans with graduate and professional degrees in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), law and health
Strategy 5.1.3: Promote diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff and students.
5.2: Enhance international initiatives and programs
Strategy 5.2.1: Enhance the international dimension of academic and research programs at FAMU.
Strategy 5.2.2: Keep FAMU’s brand highly visible throughout the international community