We provide a wide variety of services for faculty to make it easier for you to do research abroad, find international partners and travel abroad. As part of our mission to make Lehigh an international university, we support all academic activities with a global component.
Faculty Grants For International Connections
The goal of these grants is to develop new, as well as enhance current, international connections that will lead to expanded international collaborations between Lehigh faculty and their counterparts in academic/research institutions abroad focusing on areas of mutual interest.
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Fulbright Program at Lehigh
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Information about Lehigh's Fulbright Program can be found here.
Lehigh has institutional partnerships with 14 universities abroad, which can serve as a hub for scholarly work as well as logistical support. We can provide an introduction to these partners to assist in developing and expanding research and scholarly opportunities. Some examples of fruitful collaborations include:
- Tongji University (School of Marxism), in Shanghai, China, and Lehigh's College of Education
- East China University of Science and Technology, in Shanghai, China and Lehigh professors Sabrina Jedlicka, Daniel Ou-Yang, and Dimitrios Vavylonis: NSF international conference on “Stem Cell Differentiation: The Influence of Biomaterials and Biomechanics,” June 2013
- Kazan National Research Technology University and Polymer Science Engineering, in Kazan, Russia: Joint conference at Lehigh in December 2011 and at KNRTU in July 2012
Leading Students Abroad
Faculty can lead students abroad in many ways, including as a stand-alone faculty-led program in the summer or winter, as an embedded component of a semester-long course, or as the coordinator of an Iacocca international internship cohort. In each case, in addition to leading students abroad, faculty have opportunities to do research, work with international colleagues, or visit potential foreign sites for research and collaboration. For more information, contact Neil McGurty, director of international programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 758-3351.
Resources for Faculty Traveling Abroad
International SOS manages and administers Lehigh University's international travel portfolio by providing 24-hour international medical, security, and travel assistance. Learn more about how to use ISOS here.
Lehigh's faculty and staff health insurance offers varying levels of coverage worldwide, depending on the plan. Learn more about international travel and health coverage here. More information about the BlueCard is available here.
Research Collaborators Coming to Lehigh University
Faculty time is focused fully on the scholarship and research work and no longer needs to worry about the details associated with bringing scholars to campus for short-term appointments. Our office can handle the logistics of getting a scholar settled—housing, orientation to the community, and all administrative details associated with being integrated into the Lehigh community.
International Graduate Students
The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) supports international students, scholars, and their families while they’re at Lehigh. They provide advice about immigration issues, relocating to the United States, working and paying taxes, and more. They also offer social and cultural programming for the entire Lehigh community.
English as a Second Language is an academic support program that prepares admitted Lehigh students from around the world to succeed in an American university environment.
Many governments have scholarship programs that help identify universities in the country that have been awarded these scholarships for their students to take to the U.S., in particular the China Scholarship Council.
OISS can help navigate the immigration paperwork for bringing collaborators to Lehigh, providing all the necessary documentation for immigration and counsel relating to any issues relating to bring the scholars to campus.
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International Research Funding Opportunities
Some NSF proposals ask for international collaborators and the university’s commitment to international and globalization. OIA can assist in preparing the verbiage for this section, working with the university’s institutional partners, and acquiring letters of support.
The NSF Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) serves as a focal point for international science and engineering activities both inside and outside NSF. OISE promotes the development of an integrated, Foundation-wide international strategy, and manages international programs that are innovative, catalytic, and responsive to a broad range of NSF interests. Specifically, OISE supports programs to expand and enhance leading-edge international research and education opportunities for U.S. scientists and engineers, especially at the early career stage. It works to build and strengthen effective institutional partnerships throughout the global science and engineering research and education community, and it supports international collaborations in NSF's priority research areas.
Presentations at International Conferences and Technical Meetings
OIA provides PowerPoint slides about the university and the university’s international portfolio that can be incorporated into a technical talk being given at an international venue.