UMSL Global promotes understanding of peoples and cultures through international and multicultural programming, study abroad and exchange opportunities, and providing international experiences for UMSL students and the community.

In addition, we:

  • Provide services for international students and scholars, including recruiting, admissions, immigration, orientation, taxation issues, and non-academic counseling
  • Provide passport services to UMSL and the community
  • Work with area organizations to enhance the region's cultural life and economic development

UMSL Global staff members are internationally-oriented and appreciative of people from other countries and cultures.

UMSL Global is committed to supporting student, campus and community learning through a wide range of initiatives, programs and services designed to internationalize the campus and ensure that students graduate with the international competence they will need to function in a world that is increasingly globalized.

UMSL Global supports faculty efforts to internationalize the curriculum, and organizes and presents a wide variety of lectures, conferences, performances, exhibits, and other events which engage students, faculty and individuals in the community and inform and enlighten them about international affairs and other peoples and cultures.

Within UMSL Global, the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) unit was established in May 1996 as part of campus efforts to enhance internationalization and expand diversity of the student body. ISSS coordinates services for undergraduate and graduate international students and scholars, including admissions, visa and immigration matters, information requests, credential evaluations, non-academic advising, initial campus arrival, orientation, social activities, and referrals to other campus academic and non-academic departments. In cooperation with other units, the office provides assistance with initial arrival and settling-in and encourages international students and scholars to participate in campus life, including international organizations, international speakers bureau, and other campus and community activities.

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UMSL Global administers several interdisciplinary academic programs which promote and encourage student learning in international and multicultural studies. These programs are recorded on the transcript and add a formal credential in recognition of a student’s academic focus.

Included are six undergraduate certificate programs in international studies: East Asian studies, Modern European studies, Greek studies, Latin American Studies, international business studies, international affairs, and a minor in African/African American studies. We also cooperate with the Foreign Languages department in offering the Certificate in Modern Language and Study Abroad.

In addition, UMSL Global administers the Graduate Certificate Program in International Studies, an 18 credit hour program of study featuring advanced, multi-disciplinary course work.

We also cooperate with the World Trade Center of Saint Louis in offering the Chancellor's Certificate in International Trade. The non-credit certificate offers professional education to the growing number of persons in the region actively engaged in international trade. All courses are available in an online format.

UMSL Global has increased both the visibility of Education Abroad and the number of participants. These programs enhance both student and faculty learning and help engage faculty in other internationalization efforts.

Currently, we offer more than 100 study abroad programs in 45 countries. In an effort to expand participation in study abroad programs, we offer additional programs during the intersession and during the summer.

UMSL Global regularly sponsors speakers, programs, and conferences to promote campus and community interest in international affairs and other cultures. We also support a number of special activities as part of its efforts to develop student leadership and recognize outstanding student achievement.

UMSL Global sponsors two contests which recognize student achievement and offer prizes in the form of scholarships. The United Nations Day: A World Holiday contest makes awards for best student artwork, essay, and website design. The International Photo Contest makes awards for the best student photos of people or places outside the USA and displays the photos in a gallery on campus.

UMSL Global sponsors the campus chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, the national International Studies Honor Society, which encourages and recognizes undergraduate and graduate student achievement in international studies. And, we administer campus participation in three national scholarship programs for study abroad: the Student Fulbright Program, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, and the National Security Education Program which awards the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships.

Each year, UMSL Global appoints UMSL Faculty Fellows and provides financial support for their individual research projects. In addition, six endowed international professorships - African/African American studies, Chinese studies, Greek studies, Irish studies, Japanese studies and international education - are housed in UMSL Global.

Through the Faculty Fellow and Endowed Professorship programs, UMSL Global has an important role in recruiting and supporting faculty who have an international focus in their teaching and research and in developing academic programs including the programs in international studies, language offerings in Chinese, Japanese, and Greek, the international business program, the Greek studies program, study abroad programs, and the international MBA program. These efforts have direct impacts on student learning by making these important learning options available.

Resources from the endowed international professorships enables UMSL Global to present the International Performing Arts Series. The series celebrates the cultural diversity of St. Louis and introduces students, faculty, staff, and community audiences to less well known artistic traditions especially those that represent and illuminate performing arts of the countries and cultures of the endowed professorships, namely: Africa, China, Greece, Ireland and Japan. The series brings five internationally recognized performance groups to campus each year.

Edwin H. Fedder


Dr. Edwin H. Fedder joined the political science faculty of the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1967 and founded the Center for International Studies (now UMSL Global) in 1968 to promote internationalization of the campus and the curriculum. He also was a former chairman of the University's Senate, the governing body for the campus.

An authority on alliances, NATO, U.S. foreign policy and national security, he wrote numerous articles on the subjects for professional journals, as well as two books - "NATO: The Dynamics of Alliance in the Postwar World" and "Defense Politics of the Atlantic Alliance."

Ed was a co-founder of the International Studies Association and a past president of its Midwest and South chapters. He was a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and a guest lecturer at more than two dozen foreign universities. He was also a member of the Committee on Atlantic Studies and a former chairman of the North American chapter.

A dedicated teacher, Ed influenced the lives of many of his students. He nurtured students and patiently helped them develop intellectually and academically. No one was more able at blending history, international politics, personal relations, and humor to convey indelible insights about international relations and current political developments in the world. Students finished his classes with greater knowledge, sophistication, maturity, and deeper concern for the human condition.

After retiring in 1991, Ed spent his time writing poetry and enjoying his family. A few weeks before his death in December of 1999, he finished pieces in verse on "Pox Americana", "Fascismus" and "The Vietnam War" and demonstrated once again his cleverness, skepticism, and knowledge of history. Ed's wisdom and wit cannot be replaced. He will be missed greatly and forever.


September 6, 2000. Marshall D. Shulman, The Adlai E. Stevenson Professor Emeritus of International Relations; Founding Director of the Harriman Institute; and Special Assistant to the Secretary of State, 1950-1953. “The U.S., Russia and Europe: The Cold War and the Future.”

November 29, 2001. Gale A. Mattox, Professor of Political Science, U.S. Naval Academy. “New Challenges to NATO.”

September 11, 2002. Charles A. Kupchan, Associate Professor, Department of Government and School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. “The U.S.A. and the Future of Multilateralism in the Post 9/11 Era: Is the U.S.A. a Sheriff Without a Posse?”

September 11, 2003. Lawrence J. Korb, Senior Fellow and Director, National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations. “National Security in an Age of Terrorism, Tyrants and Weapons of Mass Destruction.”

September 1, 2004. Stephen M. Walt, Academic Dean and Professor of International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. “America and the World in the Age of Terror.”

September 7, 2005. Lawrence S. Kaplan, Emeritus Director, Lemnitzer Center for NATO Studies, Kent State University; and Professorial Lecturer in History, Georgetown University. “The Future of NATO.”

March 7, 2007. Frederic S. Pearson, Professor of Political Science and Director, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Wayne State University; and J. Martin Rochester, Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis. “An Assessment of the Iraq War and the Bush Foreign Policy: Point/Counterpoint.” 

September 11, 2007. Simon Serfaty, The Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, Center for Strategic and International Studies. “The Transatlantic Partnership At 60: Beyond Bush and Iraq.”

October 27, 2008. Jacques Andréani, Former French Ambassador to the U.S.A. “French Leadership in a United Europe.” 

November 11, 2009. John Mueller, The Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies, Mershon Center, and Professor of Political Science, The Ohio State University. “Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al Qaeda.”

November 10, 2010. Robert H. Legvold, The Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Columbia University. “Dealing With Russia Obama Style.”

September 12, 2011. Dan Caldwell, Professor of Political Science, Pepperdine Univesity. “Vortex of Conflict: U.S. Policy Towards Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.”

September 11, 2012. Robert P. Barnidge, Jr. Lecturer, School of Law, University of Reading, U.K. “International Law, The War on Terror, and New Modes of Conflict: What Rules Apply?”

October 28, 2013. Mark Tessler, Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. “Islam and Governance in the Arab World.”

October 2, 2014.  Kimberly Marten, The Anne Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, and Director of Development, The Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Columbia University.  “Russia and the West:  Ukraine and Beyond.”

September 16, 2015.  Alan Kuperman, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project, University of Texas as Austin.  “Confronting Iran’s Nuclear Program.”

September 20, 2016.  J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Teaching Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis.  “Fighting the War on Terror:  The Tough Moral, Legal, and Strategic Choices Facing the United States.”

September 27, 2017.  Alexander Cooley, The Claire Tow Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, and Director, The Harriman Institute at Columbia University.  “Russia’s Resurgence and the End of the Post-Cold War Era.”  

September 13, 2018.  Hal Brands, The Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.  “American Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump.”


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