The Office of International Programs (OIP) encourages and facilitates the exchange of students and scholars between its domestic campuses in Southeast Michigan and educational and research facilities around the world. It also advances the university's global agenda by expanding Wayne State's presence abroad and identifying diverse global applications for university-supported research and innovations. Finally, it is a nexus of academics, culture and business, connecting the Metro Detroit community with the university, cultural, and corporate constituencies, locally and abroad.

OIP comprises of the Office of International Students and Scholars, which receives and supports students and academics coming to Metro Detroit; the Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs, which assists Wayne State students pursuing an educational experience outside the United States; and the English Language Institute, an intensive program that prepares non-native English speakers for academic and social success. The Office of International Programs also assists WSU students with identifying and applying for fellowships opportunities through its Office of Fellowships. OIP also manages the recruitment of international students into undergraduate and graduate programs at WSU, establishes international partnerships between WSU and universities abroad, and has proudly hosted a variety of federally-sponsored international summer programs, such as the Fulbright Gateway Orientation and the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

OIP is eager to foster global connections amongst prospective students, current students, and faculty! Please do not hesitate to contact us about your international interests, initiatives, or questions.


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Aaron Keathley lands WSU’s first-ever Marshall Scholarship worth $100,000

Senior Aaron Keathley made university history this year when he became Wayne State’s first-ever Marshall Scholarship recipient, receiving a $100,000 award for graduate studies in the United Kingdom. He is the only student in Michigan awarded in the 2023 class.

The Marshall Scholarship is one of the most highly competitive in the world and funds up to 50 students. This year, of 951 candidates, only 40 were selected.