University of Southern Indiana, Shaping the Future Through Learning and Innovation in America’s Heartland
The most affordable comprehensive university in the region, the University of Southern Indiana (USI) serves more than 10,000 students from 90 Indiana counties, 38 states, and 43 nations. Located on a scenic 1,400-acre campus in Evansville, Indiana, USI has been “preparing individuals to live wisely in a diverse and global community” since 1965.
Center for International Programs Assistant Provost, Heidi Gregori-Gahan, spoke about the advantages of the Midwestern university: “We are in a very safe, comfortable, and friendly part of the country. Our campus is beautiful and our facilities are modern and really nice. Affordable excellence is what we have going for us.”
A number of competitive international scholarships are offered to qualified, degree-seeking students.
Global Leaders Scholarships, worth approximately USD $10,270 (per academic year), are granted to qualified international students who exhibit leadership potential and aspire to serve as cultural ambassadors in the US.
“In the case of Global Leaders Scholarship, we are looking for top academic students —students with either leadership experience already or the potential to demonstrate how they’re going to be an ambassador in our campus and in our community,” shared Ms. Gregori-Gahan. “At the moment, we have a wonderful student from Ecuador who is in that role and she’s aspired to leadership roles in the short time she’s been here; it’s been great.”
IEP – Quality Advising, Tailored Education
“In our Intensive English Program (IEP) and in our international office, we know our students— who they are and what their stories are,” said Ms. Gregori-Gahan.
Designed for students testing into all levels of English proficiency, USI’s IEP provides a curriculum tailored to each student’s needs and interests.
Leading-edge Language Programs Launching This Summer
This summer, USI is launching the new Master of Arts in Second Language Acquisition, Policy, and Culture (MASPC) degree.The program offers courses to build skills for teaching foreign languages to English speakers and non-English speakers and provides professional knowledge to inform public policy on multilingualism and multiculturalism.
The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification is also offered this summer. Students will build educational skills in teaching English to speakers of other languages at home and abroad.
“Students in the program will have the opportunity to get hands-on, practical experience with the IEP and through other practical experiences like teaching ESL or another second language acquisition practice,” added Ms. Gregori-Gahan.
Top Academic Programs
Over 50% of the international students at USI are in the College of Business Administration (all business fields are AACSB accredited). Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems and Liberal Arts are also strong programs. In the health sciences, Nursing is one of USI’s top programs.
“[The Nursing program] is very competitive and we’ve had a number of international students who have made the grade,” said Ms. Gregori-Gahan. “The Nursing pass rate for the NCLEX exam is 100%; we are one of the top in the country for that.”
The Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program is also very popular; it trains students for the administrative and business side of health fields. There are two routes to complete the program: the accelerated 4 + 1 Option and the Online Option.
Partnering with LATAM
Currently working with an extensive network of potential exchange partners throughout Latin America, USI is actively looking to broaden its mobility there. “It’s our intention to build on the wonderful relationship we’ve developed with a number of Brazilian students coming from various universities in Brazil and also Panama,” said Ms. Gregori-Gahan. “We like to tell students that they are coming for a very real, rich, authentic, American immersion experience when they come to USI.