The Office of International Education serves as a resource to the college and surrounding communities to develop international awareness through collaborative programs that enhance knowledge of global dynamics, cultural diversity, and world issues.

Furthermore, we are committed to educating students for leadership in an increasingly complex global society by offering a curriculum that ensures that all of our students have the knowledge and understanding of culture, language, geography, and global perspectives, necessary to succeed in a world marked by interdependence, diversity, and rapid change.


The goals of the Office of International Education are to:

*shape tomorrow’s leaders with values-centered global perspectives;

*sponsor and promote the study of contemporary global issues with special attention to values: dignity of the individual, peace and justice, reconciliation, and responsible stewardship;

*bridge disciplinary boundaries to generate diverse perspectives;

*establish new study, internship, and training opportunities abroad across all programs (transfer and certificate), especially for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in these activities;

*develop global content in a variety of courses;

*oversee further curriculum development and articulation;

*initiate the development of international programs and projects;

*establish and implement Global Learning Outcomes across the Gen Ed curriculum; and

*advance interdisciplinary collaboration through faculty working groups, conferences, workshops and funding opportunities.

Director of International Education: 

Dr. Richard F. Johnson  rjohnson@harpercollege.edu


Director of International Student Services:

Ms. Jill Izumikawa  jizumika@harpercollege.edu

Office of International Students website:  http://goforward.harpercollege.edu/start/iso/

Statement in response to comments attributed to the President of the United States:

In light of the most recent inappropriate comments by the President maligning people from Africa, Haiti, and El Salvador, the Office of International Education affirms its support of all of our students from around the world and especially those from the areas disparaged. Such comments are unbecoming of the President and do not reflect the feelings and values of most of the American people.  Harper College is a beacon of hope and opportunity for all of our students, and we in the Office of International Education embrace the rich and diverse heritages of our entire community. Hateful, insulting, and ignorant discourse will have no place at Harper College. We stand with our community to demand respect for all peoples.

Read the statement and pledge by David Coleman, President and CEO of the College Board:




Inclusion Statement:

The Office of International Education, its faculty and staff, acknowledges that there is a great deal of anxiety, uncertainty, and even fear among some members of the Harper College community. We wish to wholeheartedly reaffirm our pride in and commitment to the diversity of our campus community. We are a welcoming community which embraces and celebrates the wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff. Diversity is central to our identity and mission. The Office of International Education is steadfastly committed to supporting and protecting all members of our community from any acts that dishonor the values of inclusivity, openness, and diversity that we cherish and hold dear.



What's NEW with the Office of International Education?



Director of International Education and Chair of International Committee participate in NAFSA webinar on Global Learning Assessment. Listen to the webinar!


Harper College Fashion student, Teagan Schirmbeck, awarded presitgous Gilman Scholarship


Harper College featured in IIE Networker magazine


Read about our approach to Internationalization in the CCID Newsletter (pp. 24-25)


Check out where our faculty have been presenting at conferences!



And be sure to check out our Events page for exciting campus programming!



The Office of International Education is committed to being an inclusive, respectful, and equitable educational community for students of all genders, sexualities, abilities, ages, socioeconomic classes, nationalities and ancestries, immigration statuses, races, ethnicities, military histories, and religious and cultural identities. Participating students, faculty, and staff are expected to do their part to uphold this commitment so as to ensure that the program remains accessible to all involved.


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