International Outreach

More students outside the U.S. are choosing Ball State for their studies. Our international student population has increased by 80 percent from 2006–2007. Ball State draws the most students from China, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, India, and Turkey.

In addition, the Miller College of Business

opened the Prague Center

in fall 2010. This third center complements our centers in Australia and London.

Plus, Honors College students can study at the Rome Center in fall 2011. In 2009-2010, 646 students participated in international study experiences.

“I am in a nationally recognized program where I can learn more about how I can effectively shape the world for those who live in it,” says Nicholas Buesking, ’12, landscape architecture and 2008 Bold Scholarship Recipient. “My scholarship allowed me to study in England. I learned that one’s upbringing is not necessarily the best—and definitely not the only—way life should be lived.”

Our faculty are also providing global outreach through two $1 million grants from the U.S. Department of State to help transform other universities’ curricula and teaching styles.

A three-year grant is part of the U.S. Department of State’s Iraqi university linkage program, which provides technical and curriculum assistance to Iraqi institutions—in this case, Tikrit University. Ball State faculty members are already working closely with Tikrit University

to review its current curricula and teaching style and help develop a more student-centered, interactive pedagogy.

The other grant is allowing Ball State to help Kandahar University in Afghanistan

develop curricula emphasizing free market principles and entrepreneurship within its new College of Economics. This two-year grant enables faculty members from Ball State’s nationally ranked Entrepreneurship Center

to work closely with members of Kandahar’s economics department in creating entrepreneurial courses that will lead to an expertise in entrepreneurship, business development, and economic development.

Goal 1, Objective A: By 2012, achieve 5 percent of total enrollment from international origins.

Goal 1, Objective C: By 2012, more than 1,000 students will participate annually in high-quality professional international experiences.