President Vivian A. Bull and Trustee Chair Dean Criares ’85

The talk in higher education today is all about the “internationalization” of college campuses and the need to connect U.S. students more intentionally and more fully to the global community.

Drew has a long and proud history of moving students out of the classroom and into settings that grow their understanding of the world and of themselves. From New York and London to Seoul and Cameroon, these programs prepare our domestic students to take their place in a global society, one that grows closer and more complex every day.

In that same spirit, inviting more international undergraduate students to be educated here in the United States is a trend rapidly gaining momentum. A recent study done for the U.S. State Department showed that more than 800,000 foreign students studied in the United States in 2012-13, a seven percent increase from the year before.

The concept is a rich one, giving America’s next generation the opportunity to learn with, and from, global peers here at home.

With approval from Drew’s Board of Trustees, the university is in negotiations with INTO University Partnerships, a global education firm that establishes joint ventures with universities with the express purpose of creating globally diverse college populations.

Drew is a singularly attractive prospect for international students. Our proximity to New York City and our distinctive programs taking advantage of it are unparalleled among small, liberal arts universities. Educating an expanded student population with an international focus is also a welcome opportunity to boost Drew’s name recognition on a global scale.

A decision on whether Drew will enter into partnership with INTO is expected very soon. After a contract is signed, the first INTO New York at Drew University students would join us in fall 2014.

This is a significant step for Drew, but one firmly in line with our long global focus, which stretches back to the introduction in 1962 of London Semester and the country’s first United Nations Semester for undergraduates. But we can do even better than that: The seminal relationship that began between Drew Theological Seminary and Korea in the late 19th century is a bond that flourishes even today.

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