Welcome to the Division of International Affairs

As the premier public urban research university known for its excellence in teaching, intensive research, effective public service, and community engagement. The mission of the Division of International Affairs is consistent with the mission, and Strategic goals of the University, that of preparing diverse and competitive graduates for success in a global, interdependent society. Morgan State University has established over 20 international relationships in Brazil, Tanzania, China, Finland, France, Honduras, Botswana, India, Mexico, Grenada, West Indies, Senegal, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Trinidad and Tobago. Morgan currently enrolls over 350 international students.. As such, The Division of International Affairs will continue to promote globalization by facilitating university-wide efforts to internationalize the curriculum across disciplines, in a fashion that is consistent with the President's vision of "Growing the Future and Leading the World." To achieve this goal, the Division of International Affairs has the following units:

The Center for Global Studies and International Education (Dr. Basil Ian Jacobs, Executive Director; Mr. Niba Johnson, Assistant Director)

  • Initiate international agreements such as Memorandum of Understanding and collaborations with institutions abroad;
  • Market and recruit international students for undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
  • Develop Consortia and other collaborative initiatives with international and national governmental organizations and the private sector.
  • Develop and implement programs to assist the urban communities in becoming more knowledgeable about and utilizing that knowledge to become effective Citizens of a global society. (Urban International Awareness Program) In keeping with MSU legislative mandate as the Urban University of the State of Maryland
  • Direct education abroad and overseas programs, including university-wide study abroad, student and faculty exchange programs, collaborative research programs, joint/dual degree programs, transfer programs, distance education programs and other academic partnerships
  • Provide activities for international students that enrich the culture. Conducting regular scheduled programs on Global Affairs for the university and the community.
  • Assist in internationalizing the curriculum and infuse a global perspective into the classroom.

HBCU-Brazil Alliance (Dr. T. Joan Robinson, Chair)

  • Work with the White House Initiative on HBCUs to enhance the HBCU-Brazil Alliance and establish other Alliances with other countries such as China, Europe, India, Africa, other Latin American Countries, and the Caribbean.
  • Work with Scientific Mobility Program on the Brazilian students being distributed to the HBCUs
  • Work with Academic Outreach and Engagement on the English as a Second Language Program (ESL) for Brazilian students and the Brazilians teacher program at MSU.
  • Collaborate with Academic Affairs and Academic Outreach and Engagement in identifying global programs, such as, the Dual Bachelor’s Master’s Degree Program and the Intensive English Language Program.

International Student and Faculty Support Services (Dr. Kitson-Walters, Director)

  • Oversee international student services, which provide immigration assistance and advisement to Morgan’s international students and ensure that materials are disseminated to F-1 and J-1 students and faculty; and ensure that all Homeland Security forms (F1; J-1; H-1B and Permanent Residence) and/or petitions are prepared and/or filed in a timely manner;
  • Lead efforts in providing SEVIS and Immigration information workshops to keep non-immigrants abreast of the latest regulatory requirements.

Fulbright Scholarship Program (Dr. Carleen Leggett, Director)

  • Congress gave birth to the Fulbright Program in 1946, under the inspiration and guidance of Senator J. William Fulbright. The primary goal of the program is to increase mutual understanding between Americans and other peoples of the world.
  • Morgan State University now has 125 students who have received Fulbright or Fulbright-related grants. An article in the publication DIVERSE ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION (26 June 2008) pointed out that Morgan State leads all other historically Black colleges and universities in the number of its students who have received Fulbright grants. Receiving a Fulbright Scholarship,

The Peace Corp Program (Dr. Elizabeth Gunn, Associate Professor and Coordinator)

  • MSU is now part of the mid-Atlantic region of the Peace Corps. This includes Maryland, Virginia, D.C., West Virginia and North Carolina. Our goal is to grow this program at MSU, to be nationally competitive, and to eventually lead the field of HBCU's in producing quality Peace Corps Volunteers. Peace Corps is in its 46 year as a federal program and has sent over 210,000 Americans to 139 countries since its inception in 1961 under JFK. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship.

Furthermore, these units will work collaboratively with various constituencies and units at the University to (1) integrate a global perspective throughout Morgan’s academic departments and co-curricular programs; (2) enhance student and faculty development through workshops, study abroad, internships, exchanges and other relevant international education programs, and (3) provide the schools, college and the supporting units of the university with assistance in developing an international focus to their programs and enabling them to produce globally knowledgeable and competent graduates.