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.


1,155 international students
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Layali Awadallah to study Russian through Critical Language Program

Accounting student Layali Awadallah applied for the competitive Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), an immersive eight-week summer program through the U.S. Department of State that provides intensive instruction in 14 languages crucial to the United States’ engagement with the world and national security. Only 10% of more than 5,000 applicants received the award. Awadallah was one of them.