Indiana University's international outreach efforts date back to the tenure of Herman B Wells, the university's 11th president and first university chancellor. Today, Indiana University offers courses in more than 70 world languages. It is also home to nine Title VI Area Studies Centers that educate students in geopolitical and transnational trends in regions of strategic national importance. Nearly 3,000 IU students study abroad each year, and more than 6,500 international students from 130 nations study here.
International study is of vital importance in preparing students for the realities of a global marketplace of goods and ideas. To support global engagement, beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year, the university will expand its general education requirements for undergraduates to include even stronger language, cultural, and study-abroad components.
On the research front, IU boasts productive relationships with leading universities in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Russia. In partnership with Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, the university participates in annual research symposia on technology transfer, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
IU's global interests go beyond research and education, however. From helping to rebuild democratic institutions in Afghanistan to fighting AIDS in Kenya, Indiana University is deeply engaged in projects that have humanitarian importance for every nation.