Region III

Oklahoma State Information

International Education in Oklahoma

Across the State of Oklahoma, more than fifty colleges, universities, English language institutes and other organizations are dedicated to international education by recruiting and serving international students, facilitating education abroad, and inspiring global learning and cross-cultural understanding. Oklahoma institutions play host to approximately 10,000 international students, who contribute more than $260 million annually to Oklahoma’s economy and support more than 3,000 jobs. Additionally, opportunities for global learning overseas and at home provide Oklahoma faculty, staff and students with valuable experiences that make them more competitive in the workplace and better prepare them as global citizens to make a difference in the world around them.

For more information on international education in Oklahoma, please see the international fact sheet here.

2018 Oklahoma State Meeting Summary

On April 20, more than 70 international education professionals gathered in Oklahoma City for the NAFSA Oklahoma State Conference.  In the morning, Dilhara Barber, Field Representative for Oklahoma and Western Arkansas of the Department of Homeland Security provided critical SEVIS updates and hot topics to a large group of gathered professionals. Opposite her, a team from the University of Oklahoma, Kaydee Dyer, Teresa Marks, and Suzanne Kern discussed the best practices in study abroad pre-departure orientations and activities paying special attention to the appropriate balance of in-person and digital communication and interaction. Later in the morning, Aleithia Stevens of the University of Oklahoma presented on her experience as a part of the NAFSA Advocacy Day. Her presentation covered the roll that NAFSA plays in advocating at a national level and the importance of such advocacy. She also discussed ways professionals in the field can advocate within our campuses and in state and local government for the concerns of international education.  After breaking for lunch, Trine Feuerborn of the University of Oklahoma and Colin Large of The University of Tulsa presented on the considerations, challenges, and best practices associate with international credit transfer as well as systems used to manage those processes. The day rounded out with smaller discussions with in KC areas to discuss special concern and build networks within the state.

Oklahoma State Liaison
Colin Large
Center for Global Education | The University of Tulsa
918.631.3254 | colin[at]utulsa.edu