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International Programs

DePaul has an extensive global presence that, true to its mission, focuses on community partnership and service. The university sponsors initiatives in more than 40 countries, including study abroad opportunities, overseas degree programs, faculty research, service projects and academic curricula consulting and partnerships.

The International Programs Office (IPO) contributes to DePaul University’s internationalization efforts through international student recruitment, immigration and acculturation advising, English language instruction, faculty support and providing students with a broad portfolio of education opportunities abroad.

IPO Facts & Stats

  • International Programs advises the entire international student population at DePaul – almost 2000 students and scholars from more than 100 countries - and supports them in their acculturation to American life and university study.
  • New undergraduate students come to DePaul to study every year through student recruitment tours around the world, transfer agreements with foreign institutions and government programs and organizations.
  • International students make up almost 6 percent of the overall student body at DePaul, contributing significant revenue to the university and bringing invaluable cultural diversity and global perspective to DePaul’s classrooms.
  • Study abroad offers more than 60 programs in over 40 countries, and almost 1000 students study abroad each academic year. 
  • DePaul distributes more than $100,000 in scholarships and institutional support to help students participate in study abroad.
  • DePaul is home to a vibrant academic intensive English language program in the English Language Academy (ELA), which serves almost 400 students a year from approximately 40 different countries.
  • IPO’s ELA responds to a growing need amongst DePaul faculty, teaching in increasingly global classrooms across the university, by consulting with faculty and providing applicable tools and resources to academic units throughout DePaul.
  • DePaul offers “conditional admission” to international students who reach all admission criteria except the English language requirement to be admitted to DePaul.  Conditionally admitted students take courses at the ELA until they reach the required English level to succeed in DePaul’s classrooms. 
  • More than 90 percent of international students have expressed satisfaction with their support services while studying at DePaul and agree that DePaul is “a good place to be,” according to surveys submitted through the International Student Barometer. 
  • The International Student Barometer survey shows that compared to a select group of US peer institutions, DePaul’s student satisfaction is No. 1 in the areas of academic experience (including class sizes and multiculturalism), usefulness of education in future employability, technology resources (including online learning systems) and physical environment on campus (including worship and academic facilities).