About The Office of International Programs

Who We Are and What We Do

The Office of International Programs was established in 1991 to strengthen communication and coordination among K-State's many international programs, to achieve identified strategic planning goals for the university's further internationalization, and to provide a focal point for external international contacts and agreements. The Office is a centralized unit that promotes the internationalization of Kansas State University by supporting and collaborating with faculty, students and scholars in international education and research worldwide. This office serves both international and domestic students as well as faculty and scholars.

Office of International Programs Staff Directory

International Offices at K-State

Links to the various international offices that are part of Kansas State University

 Office of International Programs by the numbers   (updated 2014)

Kansas State University, the first land-grant university established in 1863, today welcomes 24,581 students from all 50 states and over 100 countries. 

Kansas State University is implementing an aggressive plan to become a top 50 public research university by 2025 and is drafting a strategic plan to address internationalization of the campus and classroom. KSU is celebrating its 150th year throughout 2013.

2,113 international students enrolled in fall 2013

981 international students from China on campus (undergraduate and graduate)

724 students study or participate in an international experience abroad

450 students enroll in KSU’s English Language Program each year and 97% of those students go on to academic work at KSU

Over 400 English language teachers from Ecuador have improved their English language proficiency

351 international faculty, scholars and researchers are on campus to teach, work or research

The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) granted the KSU English Language Program a 10 year accreditation, the longest period of accreditation and the only university to receive a ten year accreditation during its June 2013 meeting

164 scholarship opportunities totaling over $400,000 available during the 2012-2013 school year

160 exchange agreements and memoranda of understanding with global institutions 

Over 150 Brazil students on campus through the Brazil Science Mobility Program

141 Saudi Arabian students on campus

136 Indian students studying on campus 

103 countries represented at Kansas State University

 10 year re-accreditation by the Council of English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) given to the KSU English Language Program

  3 University recruiting offices abroad: China (first U.S. University to open office in 2006), India and Vietnam


*The 819, 644 international students enrolled in U.S. institutions contributed more that $24.7 billion to the U.S. economy during the 2012-2013 academic year

*The State of Kansas is home to 9,568 international students (during the 2012-2013) spending an estimated $210 million dollars

    * Source: Open Doors: Report on International Education Exchange published by the Institute of International Exchange


2013 Office of International Programs Highlights

Study Abroad

650 students participated in study abroad programs during this  academic year, Of the 650 study abroad participants, approximately two-thirds of those participants went on short-term programs, ranging in length from 10 days to eight weeks.

164 scholarship opportunities totaling over $400,000 were provided to KSU students this year. Ten Kansas State University students have each received a $5,000 Goss Discovery Scholarship to study abroad for the fall 2013 semester.

Swinder and Bente Janda (KSU faculty from the College of Business Administration and engaged faculty for Study Abroad activities) presented study abroad research at the 2013 World Marketing Congress in Melbourne. The conference was co-organized by the Academy of Marketing Science and Monash University. Both shared their collaboration strategies to better understand student attitudes toward study abroad programs.

KSU’s Noel Schulz, First Lady and Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Programs in the College of Engineering, traveled to Copenhagen to attend an international conference and spent time at one of OIP’s Study Abroad direct enroll program, DIS. She met two KSU students studying there during the semester and the two students were excited to meet Noel.

New Significant Partners:

Kansas State University has signed a memorandum of understanding and a reciprocal agreement for student exchange with Carlos III University in Madrid, Spain. The reciprocal agreement allows any K-State student (resident or non-resident) to spend a semester or a year at Carlos III paying our resident tuition. Carlos III, a top-10 Spanish university according to several international and Spanish rankings, becomes the highest ranked exchange partner in Spain in the history of K-State.  Carlos III’s upward trajectory is remarkable, being one of the top world universities that are less than 50 years old.  They are the most internationalized university in Spain.

Carlos III has particularly strong programs in the Social Sciences, Law, Business, the Humanities, Communication, Spanish/Hispanic Studies and some areas of Engineering.  

In partnership with the Brazil government, KSU was home to 60 Brazil students (most of them sponsored by the Brazil Science Mobility program

KSU OIP has over 160 exchange agreements and memoranda of understanding with institutions all over the world.

    Top exchange partners for study abroad:

Giessen University  - Giessen, Germany

Czech Technical University – Prague, Czech Republic

University of Hertfordshire – Hatfield, England

Ecole d’Ingenieurs de Purpan – Tolouse, France

Czech University of Economics – Prague, Czech Republic

University of Sydney – Sydney, Australia

University of Canberra – Canberra, Australia

Deakin University – Melbourne, Australia

Bogazici University – Istanbul, Turkey

UPAEP – Puebla, Mexico

Linnaeus University – Vaxjo, Sweden

University College Dublin – Dublin, Ireland

Goss Discovery Scholarship funds study abroad trips for 10 students. Established and funded by Mike and Becky Goss, Westport, Conn., these scholarships are awarded to KSU undergraduate or graduate students to study abroad for at least one semester. Ten scholarships are awarded for study abroad trips scheduled for fall and 15 for study abroad trips scheduled in the spring.

Kent and Janet McKinney provide a $25,000 scholarship annually to a deserving incoming student from the country of Kazakhstan This scholarship is the first scholarship of its kind to focus on Kazakhstan, and would bring an important new dimension to the fabric of our university community.

International Admissions and Recruiting was responsible for attracting 2,106 international students during fall 2013 representing 108 countries.

981 students are from China

141 students are from Saudi Arabia

136 students are from India

Capstone Vietnam- the K-State recruiting office in Vietnam, hired a new office of international programs country coordinator, Quynh Nguyen. She will report to Mark Ashwill, managing director of Capstone Vietnam.  Quynh was fortunate to be on campus to participate in the New International Student Orientation Week, to experience our university for the first time and meet our international admissions and recruiting staff. 

Our KSU China recruiting office staff have all done such a great job in recruiting top Chinese students for KSU and we are all so proud of their efforts." said Jim Lewis, director of international admissions and recruiting for the university's office of international programs.

Noel Schulz KSU's First Lady and Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Programs and Director of the Engineering Experiment Station in the College of Engineering visited the KSU India recruiting office and met with office staff. They worked diligently to organize a KSU alumni event as well invited prospective students and families, parents/families of current K-State students from Bangalore to meet Noel.

International Research and Faculty Collaborations:

Marcellus Caldas, assistant professor of geography, was appointed as new director of international research and faculty collaborations. Sabatés indicated that this new position will maximize faculty opportunities to include interdisciplinary international research and grant elements; seek new international opportunities for faculty activities; track and document faculty global endeavors to include travel, conferences and sabbaticals; and move forward engagement for the K-State 2025 Internationalization Strategic Plan.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

ISSS staff organized the logistics for the week long international student orientations once each semester to welcome the over 2,000 international students and 300 scholars from over 100 countries.

ISSS also presented International Week (celebrations with displays of music, dance, fashion and culture from around the world) which raises awareness of international students at K-state along with promoting cultural diversity to the entire campus and community.

Sara Thurston Gonzalez , director of ISSS, was the NAFSA 2013 Recipient of the Region II Bruce Tracy Award, which is awarded to a Region II NAFSA member whose professional and personal contributions to the fields of international education go beyond the normal expectation of the job.

Sara's passionate commitment to NAFSA has certainly raised KSU's awareness of international student services during her time at KSU. Additionally, through Sara's NAFSA involvement, these services have improved significantly at our university on all levels.

English Language Program

Kansas State University's English language program reaccredited for 10 years! The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, or CEA, the specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. secretary of education as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions, recently granted the university's English language program a 10-year accreditation. It is the longest period of accreditation available.

"The K-State ELP was the only program granted 10-year accreditation at the commission's June 2013 meeting, so this is an outstanding accomplishment and recognition for our university," said Mary Wood, program director. "The ELP was initially accredited by CEA in 2008 and is now accredited through August 2023. Ketty Reppert, English language program instructor, conducted a rigorous self-study document, detailing how our program meets each of the 44 standards set by CEA. After approving the self-study report, the agency then conducts a two-day site visit allowing agency staff and academic professionals from peer institutions to further evaluate the language program.

ELP opened a new International Technology Commons dedicated October 1 by Provost April Mason in Wildcat Landing. Speaking to an overflow crowd, Mason recognized that the International Technology Commons demonstrated the sustained commitment to advancing international education at K-State and moved the university closer to its goal of being a Top 50 public research university by 2025. Mason also pointed out that K-State just experienced its largest international enrollment ever, with 2,106 students from more than 100 countries this semester. Marcelo Sabatés provided examples of how international students at K-State increase diversity and enrich classrooms with multiple perspectives.

450 international students first experience K-State by participating in the English language program each year. 97% of these students go on to academic work at KSU.

Numerous English language instructors presented at regional conferences. Three Kansas State University English language program instructors, Ketty Reppert, Wing Wong and Christina Kitson presented at the (sold-out) Mid-America Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference in Lawrence, KS.

Leena Chakrabarti published article in Academic Advising Today "Reflecting on the Foundation of the Academic Advising Program in the English Language Program at Kansas State University". Leena assistant director in ELP, addressed the urgency by U.S. universities to meet the advising needs of international students on U.S. campuses.

Additional OIP Initiatives:

International Incentive Grant winners Spring 2013 and Fall

Each year OIP awards International Incentive Grants to KSU faculty promoting internationalization efforts throughout the university. The office selects a College International Advisory Council, or CIAC, to evaluate proposals and award more than $25,000 to winning proposals from KSU faculty. Successful proposals incorporate global perspectives/components into curriculum or campus programs. They also may highlight bringing international visitors/lectures to K-State campuses and developing global learning opportunities including study abroad courses and/or initiating collaborative research with universities overseas.

Sabatés initiated a faculty delegation to Costa Rica to visit University of Costa Rica and other academic institutions to create/elevate our relationships with them. The group also met with the very active Costa Rica KSU alums.

KSU celebrated 150 Years with the One Fifty GALA Celebration. OIP invited executives from the Chinese and Australian Consulate offices in Chicago to experience our university’s 150 year celebration. Consul-General: Mr. Quoqiang Yang, Director of Education Section, Ms. Weijia Chen, Education consul, Mr. Xuzhong Lu joined the OIP table along with The Australian Consulate Officer.

Additional growth for OIP included new hire Wendy Matthews as special programs and sponsored students program senior coordinator. Matthews will be responsible for initiating, developing and supporting special programs with international students and other professionals.

OIP staff traveled to areas of China several times during 2013 to elevate and explore partnerships that will increase relationships, build greater understanding with the 20 universities that have signed agreements with KSU and discern new areas of collaboration as well as visit the KSU China recruiting office in Beijing.

Successful KSU internal collaborations:

OIP staff collaborates with dozens of KSU colleges and departments for direction, support and implementation of international initiatives. Here are a few of the highlights occurring during 2013:

OIP assisted the KSU Pollution Prevention Institute in receiving a $600,000 grant (over a three year period) from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to coordinate a five-week Summer Institute on Environmental Stewardship. OIP welcomed the 20 member student delegation, participated in meetings and planned a reception in the Sabates home.

OIP and the Mass Communications 280 Class have joined in a collective effort to apply the academic abilities of the public relations students to real world scenarios, while promoting the initiatives of the OIP. Dr. Barb DeSanto’s P R writing class selected OIP as their PR “client” where students attended, participated, volunteered and wrote PR strategy kits for various areas of OIP. OIP utilized several stories in the daily K State Today publication, as well as featured articles on their website.

OIP works closely with the President’s Office on Australia Initiatives, whereby a new agreement between the Australian-American Fulbright Commission in Australia and KSU will give two Australian researchers each the opportunity to undertake Fulbright scholarships at KSU. Randall Tosh, the University Liaison for Australia Initiatives at Kansas State University assisted KSU in joining Australia’s CRC National Plant Biosecurity and established Memoranda of Agreement with The University of Queensland,

2013 International Education Week Events:

The International Education of the Year Awards Ceremony (recognizing three individuals making significant contributions to advancing international education at KSU), opened with the International Educator of the Year Award presented to Dr. P. V. Vara Prasad by KSU Provost April Mason. Mary Beth. Kirkham, Ph.D. Professor in the Department of Agronomy nominated Prasad as well as accepted his award for him. (Prasad was in India this week).

Provost Mason referred to the funding he has obtained while serving at KSU and his passion for international agriculture and his commitment to advancing international research and education. Mary Beth recognized his graduate students in attendance at the reception by having them stand and indicate the diverse countries they represented.

The Outstanding Support for International Initiatives Award was presented to Housing and Dining Services Director Derek Jackson by Sara Thurston-Gonzalez, Director of International Student and Scholar Services. Derek and Sara established the first International Student and Housing Committee to better serve the increasing number of international students. Derek credited his professional staff of hundreds that have stepped up to serve the expanding international student population.

Pedro Saldanha, adviser for the educational sector from the Brazil Embassy in Washington D.C, traveled to Manhattan to accept the Innovative Education Program of the Year Award presented by Marcellus Caldas, Director of International Research and Faculty Collaborations. Pedro indicated, "What a great opportunity for me to know a little bit more about your impressive university." https://www.facebook.com/pages/Embassy-of-Brazil-in-Washington-DC/132409406788375?id=132409406788375&sk=photos_stream

Pedro joined KSU OIP faculty and Graduate School Dean Carol Shanklin over dinner to discuss Brazil's interest in expanding high education and future initiatives to attract graduate students to KSU.

Other International Education Week activities included: International Display with Willie the Wildcat's Great Study Abroad Adventure and "Hey Dude, where's my Stuff?" Contest  sponsored by the Office of International Programs (OIP), the Union Program Council, (UPC) and the KSU Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), the first time that both UPC and PRSSA had been engaged with IEW initiatives. As a result of this partnership and collaboration with the MC 280 Communications class, OIP now has a PRSSA intern student, Jenny Jirovec assisting us with communications needs.

OIP International Fair from in the Student Union Food Court highlighting KSU departments, organizations and activities that promoted and educated KSU students of the many international events, departments and activities that are available to them.

Two luncheon events highlighted KSU Foundation Scholarship Award donor: Janet McKinney, Kazakhstan awardee Akmaral Kuralbayeva, and Tracy Robinson from the KSU Foundation. Janet shared her international Peace Corps experience and along with Tracy, discussed their family's scholarship to Kazakh student Akmaral Kuralbayeva. Akamaral talked about her experience in the US/and K-State and share a little bit about her home country of Kazakhstan with a video and slides.

The 2013 IEW Educator of the Year awardee, Mary Beth Kirkham (representing winner Vara Prasad) and Marcelo Sabatés led discussion with a presentation on the University's current international collaboration efforts and its potential for growth and engagement. Mary Beth, indicated that faculty need to build greater bridges between K-State and international partners to make "meccas for students" for research and education.

International Coffee Hour 4:00 featured the presentation by Christian Alvarado Gilis on CHILE in the International Student Center

(IEW) articles continued to be part of the on-going collaboration between the Office of International Programs (OIP) and the MC 280 Public Relations Writing classes under the guidance of Dr. Barb DeSanto, professor at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications who chose the office of international programs as their client. International Education Week (IEW) concluded in November, but Internationalization of the Campus Continues.

Key International Visiting delegations to OIP:

Ethiopian university delegation representing 8 Ethiopian universities visited KSU to examine US university practices and explore areas for future joint collaboration. Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Demeke Mekonnen and Ethiopian Ambassador to the US Girma Birru led the delegation. Eight universities (Mekelle, Bahar Dar, Axum, Hawassa, Jimma, Haramaya, Gondar, and Adigrat) were represented by eight university presidents and sponsored by the Ethiopian Government. The Deputy Prime Minister's visit was to reciprocate a visit to Ethiopia in June 2012 by a U.S. university group organized by former US Ambassador to Ethiopia and Texas Tech University Vice Provost Tibor Nagy and Kansas State University Assistant Provost Kristine Young. (The U.S. university group has created a consortium titled SEED: Consortium for Sustainable Ethiopian Economic Development, and includes Texas Tech, Kansas State University, Langston University, Texas State University, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M Kingsville.) Mekelle University, Baher Dar University, Axum University, Gondar University, Haramaya University and Adigrat University signed MOUs with KSU following the 2012 KSU visit to Ethiopia. During the visit, MOUs were initiated with Jimma University and Hawassa University.

Brazil visits:Dr. Raul Guedes from Federal University of Vicosa, Brazil visited campus to receive the Department of Entomology's Distinguished Alum Award and meet with OIP staff. Dr. Heloisa Burnquist from ESALQ also on campus, met with KSU faculty engaged with the Brazil Science Mobility Program.

Malaysian Technology University (UTP), accompanied by KSU Olathe CEO Prema Arasu introduces UTP, an engineering-focused institution funded by Petronas, the Malaysian government/private petroleum agency visited both the Manhattan and Olathe campus. Dr. Nor Hisham, International officer and Mr Azrul Hasyimi, CSIMAL Manager met withEngineering faculty to identify, discuss opportunities between UTP and KSU staff, collaborative research activities and student exchange with the College of Engineering with Noel Schulz and Gary Clark.

Kafkas University Delegation visit: President Dr. Sami ÖZCAN, Kafkas University, Kars, Turkey and his wife is Prof Dr Ayla Özcan, Metin Karta, Instructor International Mobility Programmes and Muhammet Şakiroğlu Professor biology professor and vice dean of college of engineering and architecture visited KSU for meetings with OIP staff and faculty in biology, agriculture and attended lectures on campus during their stay.

Engineering faculty from UPAEP from Puebla, Mexico, one of our best Latin-American partners, traveled to the Manhattan and Salina to explore and gain a greater understanding of our aviation technology curriculum.

Dr. Anil Sirohi (who met April Mason at KSU event in India in 2012) requested that KSU welcome his colleague-Dr. Devi Singh to present to KSU faculty his rice improvement work being carried out by him at Patel University of Agriculture and Technology. OIP organized presentations among multiple KSU departments to discuss rice blast disease research activities at Kansas State University

Vernon Larson Lectures 2013

The office of International programs presents a lecture series during the spring and fall. The presentations for this year included:

1)       Dr. Sabri Ciftci, Assistant Professor in the department of Political Science presents, "The Arab Spring and Freedom's Future: Local and Global Consequences  of Arab Uprisings".

2)      Jui Mhatre: offers classes in Indian classical and folk dances at UFM Community Learning Center in Manhattan. She gives an overview "Symbolism in Bharatanatyam, a Classical Indian Dance"

3)      Randall Tosh the university's liaison for Australia initiativesshared his responsibility for promoting and facilitating the university's relationships with Australia's commonwealth and state governments, educational institutions, research organizations and industry. He discussed the KSU Australian Fulbright initiative.

4)      Dr. David Stone, KSU History Department presents "Russia, Gay Rights, and the Sochi Olympics and will take at Kansas State University