Through its vision statement and strategic plan, Upper Iowa University is firmly committed to a global approach to higher education and development of “global citizenship” across the UIU community. We believe experiencing diverse cultures firsthand is the ideal way to appreciate diversity and increase awareness of the multi-faceted world we share.
UIU offers a grant program to encourage full-time faculty members to study, lecture, present and teach internationally. As a result, UIU faculty are able to bring a variety of diverse resources and experiences into their classrooms to help students grow into global citizens.
The Faculty International Grant (FIG) is available annually to individual faculty members and also supports a group experience abroad each year. The individual grant supports faculty travel, lodging and expenses associated with international teaching and research. The group grant allows up to eight full-time faculty members to travel together to an international destination where they can conduct collaborative or independent research.
To help increase the impact of FIG initiatives, faculty members are expected to conduct an open-forum seminar for the UIU community upon returning to their home country.