Programs and Initiatives

Through programs that take students around the globe and initiatives that bring international students to Arizona State University, we are preparing a cadre of young leaders empowered to participate fully in the civic, economic and cultural life of their community.

ASU is one of only two universities chosen to host the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program and the State Department’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) - both significant efforts to empower rising African leaders. The university also offers strong language and cultural experiences through the Critical Languages Institute, Chinese Language Flagship and ROTC Programs, Peace Corps, School of International Letters and Cultures and the Global Education Office.

Our initiatives, combined with innovative leadership programs and international travel experiences, provide students and educators at home and abroad the opportunity to inspire, catalyze and sustain student-driven social change.

Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education's Open Learning Scholars is a program for students to acquire master’s degrees from ASU Online.
With the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College, the Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education is designed to take the highest standards in teaching to a global audience.
The Critical Languages Institute is one of the largest summer language endeavors in the U.S., supported by ASU’s Melikian Center.
The Cronkite School is home to Arizona PBS, Cronkite News and one of only two current Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship programs in journalism in the United States.
Education for Humanity is ASU's rapidly deployable education solution for refugee, displaced and marginalized learners.
Entrepreneurship is not confined to a single college or school, nor housed in one center or institute at ASU, it manifests across all majors and programs.
Transdisciplinary science seeking solutions for a complex world and fostering diversity in STEM education.
Global Center for Applied Health Research designs, implements and tests evidence-based and culturally-appropriate interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of children, youth and families around the world.
Global Futures Laboratory looks for ways for humankind to manage the planet as a whole and extend habitability.
The Global Impact Collaboratory partners development practitioners and social scientists to advance cutting-edge, scientifically-valid, cost-effective methods for designing and tracking behavioral, social, and cultural change in low-resource communities and vulnerable sectors of society.
Global Launch is an entrepreneurial language and cultural program for American and international students, professionals and educators.
The Global Security Initiative works toward a security and intelligence landscape transformed through interdisciplinary research and discovery, in which defense, development and diplomacy operate collaboratively to drive positive outcomes for complex global challenges.
The Global Sport Institute harnesses the power of sport to make a positive impact on the world.
ASU is one of 20 leading U.S. universities to serve as an academic institute for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
We help support future leaders of Africa through MasterCard Foundation Programs at ASU.
The SolarSPELL Initiative offers a Solar Powered Educational Learning Library: a rugged, portable, solar-powered, digital library over an off-line WiFi hotspot, designed to simulate an online experience and which provides relevant, localized educational content to resource-constrained locations around the world.
With more than 70 years of experience, Thunderbird Executive Education programs embrace borderless thinking and new perspectives.
The University Design Institute leverages ASU's design capabilities and expertise to advance higher education impact at scale, among universities worldwide.
ASU's world-class researchers and scholars partner with international development funding agencies and implementers working in developing countries worldwide.
With more than 500 sustainability scholars and scientists, sustainability is a fundamental principle that underlies learning, research, partnerships and business operations at ASU.