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Internationalization Initiative

The University of Tulsa recognizes the importance of helping students develop an informed worldview.

At the center of those efforts is the Internationalization Laboratory at TU. In partnership with the American Council on Education, the lab is responsible for developing a strategy for comprehensive internationalization for the TU community.


In 2010, Dr. Allan Goodman, president and CEO of the Institute for International Education, advised America’s university trustees that, “U.S. institutions of higher education need foreign policies, but not in the traditional sense of the phrase. Their leaders need to formulate institutionwide policies to assess their current engagement with the world and future strategic agenda.”

Already moving ahead of the curve, TU joined the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Laboratory in 2009. Over a 16-month period, TU worked closely with the American Council on Education and a small group of peer institutions to develop a strategic plan for our future internationalization.

TU’s Strategic Plan for Comprehensive Internationalization

More than 80 faculty and staff, including a 15-member steering committee, conducted a comprehensive self-assessment of TU’s current activities. From that assessment, they developed The University of Tulsa’s Strategic Plan for Comprehensive Internationalization.

Adopted by TU in 2011, the plan identified six recommendations for preparing TU’s foreign policy and successfully promoting comprehensive internationalization.