Global Education - International Campus

An internationalized campus

IU Bloomington will achieve global recognition for our internationalization of the curriculum, and will position our international students for academic success by aligning our student and residential services, course availability, orientation, and advising with their needs.

This aligns with IU Bloomington Bicentennial Objective Seven.

International Student Success

Goal: Align best practices for academic success for international students.

Update: IU Bloomington has increased efforts in services and programming for international students in orientation and advising.


IU2U: New Student Orientation for International Students began in 2014, and since then, 3,396 students have completed the program. IU2U offers early in-country orientation for admitted students in India, China, South Korea (and in 2017, Dubai). Students can enroll in two classes early and engage with IU students, faculty, and staff. Parents have the chance to meet with IU while their parents have the opportunity to interact with IU representatives and ask questions.

IU2U students have been found to have statistically significantly higher GPA after first semester and higher first Fall to Spring retention rates than those among international students who do not take part in IU2U.

Since 2014, the Office of International Services has offered 15 intercultural training seminars throughout campus and for the IU Police Department. About 1250 IU staff members and Bloomington community members underwent the training. Topics included cross-cultural differences, effective communication styles, and working with diverse populations.

The first to second year persistence rate for international students in the Fall 2013 cohort was 86.6%; that rate is now 90%. 


There has been a steady increase in international student participation in career advising over the past four years.

Year Number of Students
2014-15 2,341
2015-16 3,097
2016-17 3,436
2017-18 3,607