International Centers & Organizations in Alabama

There are many different ways universities and colleges work internationally. One way is through academic, research, and related partnerships often known as institutes or centers.  Below you will find a range of such examples:

  • Country institutes located on campuses in Alabama (ex: Korea, China – Confuscius Institutes, others)
  • Non profit international centers, organizations supporting education in Alabama

Institutes located on campuses in Alabama (funding sources are through partnership with the foreign institutions)

Auburn King Sejong Institute for Korea

Sponsored by the Korean Government at Auburn University, Alabama.  Established in August, 2012.  Partner institution in South Korea is Keimyung University, located in Daegu, South Korea.

The Auburn King Sejong Institute provides students, faculty, staff and the wider Auburn community with an avenue to better understand and connect with Auburn’s growing Korean and Korean-American population through language and culture instruction. Non-credit classes in Korean language and culture are taught by a visiting instructor from Keimyung University, which is located in Daegu, South Korea.

Confucius Institutes in Alabama:

Confucius Institutes are cosponsored between the US university, a Chinese University, and the Chinese Hanban. The Hanban “is a public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. The primary objectives of these institutions are to provide Chinese language and cultural teaching resources and services worldwide, and contributing to the development of multiculturalism and the building of a harmonious world.” Each institute provides a wide range of local and regional programs, contact them directly for specific details.

Non profit international centers, organizations:

  • The Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation (AACF) was established to nurture and support artistic and cultural organizations within the Asian communities in the metro Birmingham area, and in the state of Alabama. These efforts will enable Americans of all cultures to enjoy and celebrate Asian arts and cultures. Encouraging interactions among different cultures through education and artistic and cultural programming will promote diversity, and international understanding and friendship. The mission will ultimately be fulfilled through an Asian Cultural Education Center, a classical Chinese Garden, and an International Friendship and Peace Plaza.
  • Birmingham International Center – The Birmingham International Center is the nation’s oldest cultural-education organization. Founded in 1951, the Birmingham International Center has grown into a resource for international business-education needs, including intercultural training, heritage and arts programming, and foreign trade. The BIC is a connection to global opportunity, leadership and social competency.
  • Mobile International Festival (MIF) –  The MIF is over 30 years in age and has grown to become the longest running festival on the Gulf Coast. In part the success is attributed to dedication to educating students and visitors about the varied cultural world around them and especially in Alabama. The MIF goal remains to promote understanding, tolerance and friendship, and to showcase acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures.