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

Alabama also has a long and rich Sister Cities, Friendship Cities and Sister State history between Alabama Cities, the State of Alabama and cities/states around the world.  For more information see this link.

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) (501(c)3) 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. Location: 3429 Meadow Woods Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35216.
  • The Alabama Germany Partnership (501(c)3) was founded to develop and support relationships and friendships between organizations and individuals in Alabama and Germany. Location: 1900 International Park Drive, Ste 105, Birmingham, Alabama 35243 USA.
  • Alabama Korean Education and Economic Partnership (A-KEEP) is a (nonprofit) organization established in 2011 by three forward-thinking leaders. Our founders envisioned profound learning experiences for students, professionals and families in Alabama.  Today, the focus is on creating programs that support education, economic prosperity and diverse cultural experiences.  Location: RSA Union Building, Suite 732, 100 North Union Street, Montgomery, AL 36104 (c/o Alabama Commission on Higher Education)
  • Alabama International Trade — Birmingham Business Alliance (501(c)6) When Birmingham businesses sell goods and services across the world, it creates and supports jobs in our region. The Birmingham region’s diverse economy, thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, and logistical advantages provide a solid foundation for continued international trade growth in the region. The Birmingham Business Alliance and its Export Alabama Alliance (EAA) partners are committed to supporting international trade, particularly among small to mid-sized businesses. Learn more about International Companies by Country here and learn more. Location: 505 20th St N Ste 200, Birmingham, Al 35203-4617
  • The Birmingham International Center (501(c)3) 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. Location:  1500 1st Ave. N., Unit 98, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Birmingham Sister Cities Commission, a (501(c)3) non-profit citizen group dedicated to cultivating and promoting global cooperation, cultural understanding, and economic development between the people of the Birmingham metropolitan community and cities around the world. Location: PO Box 55761, Birmingham, AL 35255
  • Destination Hoover is a (501(c)3) non-profit founded in 2018 for the purpose of fostering cultural exchange and international relationships uniting Hoover, Alabama and people throughout the world. In a sentence, our mission is to bring the world to Hoover, and Hoover to the world! Location:  3444 Meadow Woods Dr., Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
  • Global Ties Alabama  (501(c)3) has been in existence in Huntsville since 1965 as International Services Council of Alabama, helping international military trainees at Redstone Arsenal feel at home, coordinating multi-cultural events in the Huntsville area, providing information about immigration and naturalization services to area residents, and hosting international visitors traveling to Alabama under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program [IVLP] and as part of the Global Ties US national network of state organizations. Location: 555 Sparkman Dr NW, Executive Plaza
    Building 800 Suite 800, Huntsville, AL 35816
  • International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) (501(c)3) – IFDC originated as a private, nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of Alabama, United States.  IFDC opened its headquarters in Muscle Shoals, Alabama on the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Reservation in 1976.  In March 1977, IFDC qualified as a Public International Organization by Presidential Decree 11977. IFDC received widespread support, cooperation and backing from the global community for which it was created and continues to thrive upon its successes. Division offices opened in Lomé, Togo in 1987 and Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1992. Today, IFDC operates four divisions in over 20 countries.  Location: P.O. Box 2040, Muscle Shoals, Alabama 35662 U.S.A.
  • The Japan-America Society of Alabama (JASA) (501(c)3) is a private, nonprofit association in our third decade of encouraging and developing friendship and understanding between individuals who embrace the business, culture, and education of Japan and the United States. Location: Samuel Ullman Museum, 2150 15th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • International Trade : Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce (501(c)6) – The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce was incorporated under the name Mobile Commerce and Business League in 1836. The Chamber’s International Trade team works to connect our community to the world. We believe there is no better time for companies to expand and diversify their markets globally. Location: 451 Government St, Mobile, AL 36602
  • Mobile International Festival (MIF)  (501(c)3) – 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.  Location: 713 Dauphin, Mobile, Alabama 36602
  • North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) (501(c)6) is a non-profit membership organization committed to increasing knowledge, interest, and activity in international trade in North Alabama. NAITA’s mission is to promote economic growth through international trade education, training and networking.  NAITA is managed by the Madison County Commission International Trade Development Center – Your Partner in the Global Marketplace. NAITA is your partner for regional export promotion and resources to prepare North Alabama business for prosperity in the global marketplace. Location: 819 Cook Ave., Suite 137, Huntsville AL 35801