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Rinker Center for International Programs

Dear students, faculty, family and friends, 

We are saddened by the events that took place in Paris, and our thoughts are with the victims and their families. The Rinker Center for International Programs has reached out to our students studying throughout Europe to confirm their safety, and we also have asked them to contact their loved ones at home to provide reassurance. We also have reached out to our French students on campus, and confirmed the safety of their family and friends. We are fortunate that our students are safe, as are family and friends of those students from France. 

The Study Abroad Office continues to monitor events in France, and around the globe, on a daily basis, and we are working closely with our overseas partners, the Department of State, and our health care providers to remain vigilant and determine how we can best keep our students safe. 

Based on the information we have received from our overseas contacts, at this time we have not made any changes to our program options. Should events occur that require changes, we will work with students and their families to determine how best we can work together to assist them. 

Please know that students safety and security is our number-one concern, and we will continue to have discussions with our overseas partners to best mitigate risk to all Ball State students.  

Learn more about the world and yourself through the Rinker Center for International Programs—Ball State’s resource for international study and activities. With the support and engagement of faculty, students, and the local community, we at the Rinker Center are at the heart of Ball State’s commitment to international teaching and learning. 

The Rinker Center for International Programs is comprised of three teams:  

International Recruitment & Admissions

International Student Services

Study Abroad

International Students

Each year, Ball State hosts over 1,000 international students and scholars from approximately 70 different countries. From admissions to orientation to cultural acclimation, the Rinker Center facilitates students’ and scholars’ experience at Ball State. Contact us with any questions and before you apply so we can ensure that all materials required by Ball State, the U.S. federal government, and your home country are in order.

Study Abroad

The Rinker Center's study abroad programs—open to all Ball State students—give a myriad of opportunities to explore intercultural issues outside the classroom and around the world.  Approximately 475 Ball State students jumped at the opportunity to study abroad in Academic Year 2013-2014.  Do not hesitate to find the study abroad program that's perfect for you.  Have questions? Feel free to contact us.

Rinker Center Partners

INTENSIVE ENGLISH INSTITUTE (IEI) - The IEI provides seven-week intensive English instruction for all levels of nonnative speakers of English.

CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CID) - The CID serves as a unifying resource for faculty members with shared interests in alleviating poverty and contributing to the economic and social development of the world's most fragile and conflict-affected countries.

MULTICULTURAL CENTER - The Multicultural Center promotes cultural diversity at Ball State University.

MULTICULTURAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS - Multicultural organizations develop and sponsor cultural, educational, and social programming for members and constituents of Ball State University.

  EducationUSA centers are the U.S. State Department's network of over 400 advising centers in 170 countries designed to assist local students find the appropriate college or university in the United States. 


Rinker Center for International Programs
Ball State University
L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Room 102
Muncie, IN 47306 USA

Hours: Weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone: 765-285-5422
Fax: 765-285-3710
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