Office of International Education and Development (OIED)

The mission of OIED is to foster campus internationalization and raise awareness of the value of international education, inclusion, and intercultural diversity. We serve students, faculty, staff, and the community with the goal of creating leaders who possess the skills necessary to excell in a globally interconnected world.

To further our commitment to internationalization, we provide international educational opportunities that enable Rattlers 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. We work closely with academic departments to move forward the internationalization agenda at FAMU as outlined in the University’s Strategic Priorities.

Since the establishment of the office in 2003, the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) has welcomed over 5,000 international students and sent thousands of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University students abroad.

The Office of International Education and Development contributes to Florida A&M University following Strategic Priorities:

Strategic Priority 1: Exceptional Student Experience

Student success. We will increase student success and improve the overall student experience by enhancing academic support services, strengthening our academic degree programs, enhancing our living-learning environment, and promoting innovative co-curricular activities.

Strategic Priority 1, Goal 1: Enhance pathways to degree attainment

Pathway 3: Enrolling more college-ready and honors students in high-demand degree programs at the undergraduate level. *Through the recruitment of high achieving and academically strong international students.

Pathway 5: Developing international partnerships and MOUs to create additional opportunities for international students to enroll in our undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs.

OIED collaborates with Colleges and Schools to provide a comprehensive international education program that will enhance the University's relevance in the international higher education community. We also encourage faculty, staff, and students to broaden their global engagement by participating in the programs we offer. The higher education community has discovered that graduates with cross-cultural understanding, regional cultural expertise, and language competencies bring unique and beneficial skills to potential employers with international components.

Not only does OIED provide opportunities for students through exchange and third party partnerships, we have a long-standing affiliation with the U.S. Department of State. We work 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. Working with the Diplomat in Residence provides rattlers who are interested in larger scale government participation and reform the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge and experience.

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


Rely on the FAMU Community

No matter where you are from, we want your time at FAMU to be enriching and enjoyable. For international students new to campus, the OIED is ready to answer all your questions — so you can focus on making new friends and immersing yourself in a new cultur

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Study Abroad

Whether or not you have a destination in mind, we’ll help you choose a program that fits your academic goals and timetable, and we’ll ensure your trip goes smoothly from start to finish.

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National Student Exchange Program