About the Division of Global Affairs
A university experience is about more than teaching students the skills to succeed in their professional lives. It is also about helping them become more complete individuals and better global citizens. At the Division of Global Affairs, we believe that exposure to other cultures is a crucial piece of accomplishing that goal.
The Division of Global Affairs is a multi-departmental organization that spearheads programs designed to connect Kennesaw State University students to the world, and vice versa.
The Division of Global Affairs is composed of two academic institutes, four academic centers, six university offices and a central administration office. DGA has nearly 200 employees, including 52 full-time faculty & staff, 68 part-time faculty & 72 affiliated faculty.
Each year, this award-winning division leads a comprehensive array of scholarly, educational and service-related programs on behalf of the entire university, while administering more than 60 international studies programs, offering more than 100 courses and organizing more than 130 distinct international education events.
One of the ways the DGA connects KSU to the world is through education abroad programs, which give KSU students the opportunity to live and learn in foreign countries. Meanwhile, the International Student and Scholar Sevices offices works to bring international students and scholars to our campus. In both cases, visitors return home with a greater appreciation of the differences (and similarities) between their two cultures.
Through academic initiatives like the nationally-recognized “Year Of” country study program, students can discover new cultures without ever leaving the country. DGA’s University Faculty Committee on Global Engagement – comprised of representatives from each of KSU’s individual colleges – helps faculty integrate international issues into the classroom, and even leads to the creation of new courses. Other DGA units promote academic and social awareness of the African diaspora, English language skills for international students, and economic cooperation between India, China, and the United States.
The Division of Global Affairs is also home to Kennesaw State University's Confucius Institute. The nonprofit Confucius Institute promotes the study of Chinese language, culture, ethics, and philosophy, and furthers the understanding of China today. More than 7,000 students - ranging from pre-K to college - are enrolled in Confucius Institute programs.
A critical part of the DGA’s success is the ability to build relationships with key partners inside north Georgia and around the world. The DGA works with local businesses, domestic and international universities, and humanitarian organizations to find new ways to create global engagement opportunities for students, and to enhance KSU’s international prominence.
This is just a fraction of The Division of Global Affairs' role at KSU. Between study abroad opportunities, academic programs, student scholarships, community partnerships, and all the other programs we oversee, The DGA is committed to making KSU a gateway to the world.