GlobalEd is compiling research on the history of international education. Please see the books, dissertations, articles, and resources below. If you’d like to suggest an addition, please email


Bevis, T., & Lucas, C. (2007). International students in American colleges and universities: A history. Palgrave Macmillan.

Bowman, J. (1987). Education American undergraduates abroad: The development of study abroad programs by American colleges and universities. Council on International Educational Exchange.

Bu, L. (2003). Making the World Like Us: Education, Cultural Expansion, and the American Century. Perspectives on the Twentieth Century, 1538-9626. Westport, Conn.: Praeger.

De Wit, H. (2002). Internationalization of Higher Education in the United States of America and Europe: A historical, comparative, and conceptual analysis. Greenwood Press.

Hoffa, W. (2007). A history of U.S. study abroad: Beginnings to 1965(Volume 1). The Forum on Education Abroad.

Hoffa, W. & DePaul, S (2010). A History of Us Study Abroad: 1965–Present. edited by Dickinson College Frontiers. Vol. 1st, Carlisle, PA: Frontiers.

Iriye, A. (1997). Cultural Internationalism and World Order. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Latham, M. (2000). Modernization as Ideology: American Social Science and “Nation Building” in the Kennedy Era. New Cold War History. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Long, K. (2020). The emergence of the American university abroad. Brill.

Ruther, N. (2002). Barely There, Powerfully Present: Thirty Years of U.S. Policy on International Higher Education. Routledge/Falmer Dissertations Series in Higher Education. New York: Routledge.

Scanlon, D. (1960). International education: A documentary history. William Byrd Press.

Schrum, E. (2019). The instrumental university: Education in service of the national agenda after World War II. Cornell University Press.

Singer, S. (2003). Adventures Abroad: North American Women at German-Speaking Universities, 1868-1915. Westport, Conn.: Praeger.

Vestal, T. (1994). International education: Its history and promise for today. ABC-Clio.

Walton, W. (2010). Internationalism, National Identities, and Study Abroad: France and the United States, 1890-1970. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press.


Comp, D. (2013). The National Security Education Program and Its Service Requirement: An Exploratory Study of What Areas of Government and for What Duration National Security Education Program Recipients Have Worked. Loyola University Chicago.

Contreras Jr., E. (2015). Rhetoric and Reality in Study Abroad: The Aims of Overseas Study for U.S. Higher Education in the Twentieth Century. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Faupel, C.(2021). A Historical Analysis of U.S.-Based Study Abroad Program Providers. (Doctoral
dissertation). Retrieved from

Halpern, S. (1969). “The Institute of International Education: A History.” Dissertation, Columbia University.

Mikhailova, L. K. (2003). The history of CIEE: Council of international educational exchange and its role in international education development, 1947–2002(Order No. 3107937). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.

Articles or Book Chapters

Bennet, Milton J. “A Short Conceptual History of Intercultural Learning.” Chap. 10 In A History of U.S. Study Abroad: 1965-Present, edited by Dickinson College Frontiers, 419 to 50. Carlisle, PA: Frontiers Journal, 2010.

Ferguson, M. (2007). 75 years of the junior year in Munich. Teaching German, 40(2), 124–132.

International Education.

Kramer, P. (2009). “Is the World Our Campus? International Students and U.S. Global Power in the Long Twentieth Century.” Diplomatic History 33, no. 5 (2009): 775-806.

Databases, Libraries, Archives, or Web-Based Histories

AIFS/AIFS Foundation Education Abroad Special Collection, Forum on Education Abroad

Database of Research on International Education

NAFSA: Association of International Educators Records, University of Arkansas Library

Pearce, J. The history of international education.

University of Arkansas Library – home to the Fulbright papers

Organizational/Institutional Histories

Academic Programs International. (2019). API history. Retrieved February 17, 2019,
American Institute for Foreign Study. (2004). Celebrating our 40th year. AIFS.
American Institute for Foreign Study. (2018). Our story.
CEA. (2019b). CEA’s story. on International Education Exchange. (2018b).
Humanizing international relations since 1947. Council on International Educational Exchange.
Council on International Educational Exchange. (2018a). History.
Cramer, J., & Wallace, J. (2000). Our past, present, and future (SIT Occasional Paper Series 1). School for International Training.
Global Oceanic. (2019). History of shipboard education.
GlobalLinks. (2019). History of GlobalLinks learning abroad. Retrieved March 6, 2019,
Institute for Study Abroad. (2019a). Our story and mission. on January 12, 2019
Institute for Study Abroad. (2019b). History of IFSA-Butler. on January 12, 2019
Institute for the International Education of Students. (2019). Our history.
University of Minnesota. (2018, August 24). International history of the university. Retrieved January 23, 2021, from

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