LSU's International Programs (IP) contributes to the Flagship Agenda through its work to facilitate the mobility of students and faculty around the world. Enhancing intercultural learning experiences, international leadership, and multinational collaboration and partnerships on our campus will attract highly productive faculty and excellent students at all levels. By providing international programs and opportunities that foster diversity, IP raises cross-cultural awareness and understanding in our university community and beyond. This international activity enriches and improves the quality of campus life. Whereas American and foreign students travel to each other's countries to pursue educational, cultural, and social experiences, these opportunities merely set the stage for what we aspire to accomplish. As visitors in another country, LSU students, American or of another nationality, obtain knowledge, skills, attitudes, and perceptions that make them competent in a cross-cultural environment and competitive in the global market. International exchanges for faculty provide similar opportunities for intellectual and personal growth and internationalization of the curriculum. Research agreements allow access to specialized research facilities worldwide and simultaneous, collaborative efforts with investigators from several countries. As a result, new perspectives in teaching and/or research contribute both to faculty's personal knowledge and understanding of the world and to that of the students they teach.
International Programs dedicates its resources to establishing Louisiana State University as a truly international institution. Working through an articulated, comprehensive, and consistent plan that provides services and outreach to support colleges, students, and faculty in international endeavors, we contribute to an environment that: