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Fulbright Interest Meetings for Winter and Spring - Register here.

Save the Date - April 16, 2021 - DU Internationalization Summit - Sustaining Internationalization: The Next Decade of Global Engagement. More info here.

January 7 or 12, 12-1:30pm: Boren Award Essay Workshops with DU Writing Center - RSVP here for session link

December 16 at 11:00 am: Immigration Update with Steven Williams of Ogletree Deakins and ISSS. More info and access here

October 22, 2020 - DU signs agreement with the Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM Indore). The partnership initiatives will provide key regional connections for DU to expand dual degrees and faculty teaching and research exchange. 

October 1, 2020 - Save the date for the 2021 Internationalization Summit, April 16, 2021. And don't forget to join in on the Internationalization Summit Workshop series to help us gear up for the event!

September 16, 2020 - Download and use DU's contact tracing and symptom monitoring app, Everbridge. More information provided in the Chancellor's message to DU Community

September 15, 2020 - Winter (OIE) Study Abroad Cancellation. The University of Denver has cancelled study abroad for the winter quarter. Please visit for more information. 

August 18, 2020 - Office of Internationalization Announces Executive Director for the Office of Internationalization, Dr. Casey Dinger.

August 18, 2020 - Office of Internationalization Welcomes New Director for Office of International Education, Emelee Volden. Emelee will join us on September 7, 2020. See the full announcement on the Office of International Education's website  

July 27, 2020 - DU Update for F1 students: Please see a message from the Vice Provost for Internationalization for an update on immigration guidelines for F1 students. 

July 20, 2020 - DU Faculty Participate in the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Winter Doctoral School Webinar Series (27 July - 8 August): DU doctoral students are invited to attend. Sessions and registration here

July 14, 2020 - United States federal government has rescinded previous SEVP guidance on international students: ISSS will be available to meet with students one on one or in virtual groups. Learn more at

July 8, 2020 - DU's Response to SEVP regulations change: The University of Denver unequivocally supports our international students in these difficult times. Please see ISSS updates (under Coronavirus updates) for information on impact and support services.

June 29, 2020 - Extension of Travel Restrictions: See here for the updated DU travel policy. 

May 4, 2020 - OTL Blog Post: Considerations for international and culturally/linguistically diverse students
See blog post here.

April 13, 2020 - DU Alumni, Melanie Stowell, awarded prestigious Fulbright in New Zealand. 

See more about Melanie's Fulbright plans

Can you give us some background about your time at DU and what you do now? 
I graduated from DU in 2014. I majored in French and psychology with a minor in history. I then got my master's degree in medical anthropology. I now work in mixed methods research at the Center for Health Systems Research at Denver Health.

What drew you to apply for the Fulbright award?
Going abroad has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I was fortunate to study for a semester in Paris while a DU student and then did my entire master's degree program in Scotland. The Fulbright program has thus been on my radar for quite some time - I knew it was a respected mechanism for studying, teaching or researching abroad, but [I] also had the impression that it was very difficult to receive an award. Thankfully, I have several friends and peers who completed Fulbright programs and encouraged me to apply. I suppose I was waiting for the right opportunity and time to do so - and here we are.

What are you going to research on your Fulbright?
My research proposal involves supporting and expanding a health promotion program for underserved communities in New Zealand. The researchers who developed the program have created text messages to support women and families around obesity prevention and overall health. The hope is that text messages will have a broader reach for families who have a difficult time accessing vital health care services and information. What really drew me to this work is that the messages are culturally and linguistically tailored to meet the unique needs of each community they are targeting.

My goal is to support the evaluation and expansion of this program to reach more communities and families in need. I'd also like to come back with lessons on how the US can improve its own health disparities. I must also say I am also[sic] incredibly excited to be able to have full immersion in an area of the world I've never visited.

How has DU contributed to your preparation for and/or receiving this award?
I found a great deal of support through the Office of Internationalization and Writing Center as I worked on my application last summer and fall. The Writing Center facilitated a 4-week workshop on Fulbright essay essentials - this was extremely helpful and I appreciated the one-on-one feedback that was provided at the end of the course. By applying for the Fulbright through DU (as opposed to applying independently), I was also given the opportunity to have an in-person committee review of my application before final submission. The feedback and guidance I received throughout the entire process was truly invaluable and really made the difference in my application. I am very thankful that I was eligible for these amazing resources and expertise from my alma mater!

Interested in applying for a Fulbright? See here for more details.

April 3, 2020  - COVID-19 Update - Summer international programs and travel
The University will be cancelling all international programs for the summer quarter and strongly recommends the suspension of all international travel until June 30, 2020. For more information, see here.

March 23, 2020 COVID-19 Update - Connecting with Internationalization
The International House and English Language Center have suspended all in-person meetings until further notice. Staff are working remotely and are available to connect with you virtually or by telephone. Please see ISSS, ELC and OIE websites for further details or email your Internationalization contact directly.

March 2020 - Questions about COVID-19 and DU's response?
Read "What You Need to Know" here. Information on the University's Contingency plan and other updates here.

March 20, 2020 - Update on Internationalization and Strategic Partnership Grants
The Spring 2020 Internationalization Grants cycle and Strategic Partnership grants for Academic Year 2019-2020 have been cancelled. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may bring. If you have questions, please reach out by emailing Grant funding is expected to resume in Academic Year 2020-2021.

March 11, 2020 - Internationalization Summit Cancelled 
Out of an abundance of caution, we've made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Internationalization Summit. Please see the Internationalization Summit webpage for updates on plans for 2021. 

January 1, 2020 - The University of Denver welcomes Vice Provost for Internationalization, Uttiyo Raychaudhuri
Read Provost's welcome letter here

December 11, 2019 - Associate Professor Ethel Swartley's course, Welcoming the Stranger: Hospitality, Culture, Language and Migration featured in DU News
Read article here