International Educational Studies Center

Center DetailsDean Andrew Diare, Ph.D., visits students in China.

Director: Dr. Yaoying Xu
Location: Oliver Hall, 1015 W. Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23284-2020
Phone: (804) 828-5298

The IESC's vision is to promote EDUCATION BEYOND BORDERS through innovative, effective and culturally responsive collaborations with our education partners from countries around the world and communities locally and nationally.


  • Establish and maintain strong partnerships with universities from other countries.
  • Increase and strengthen the global community at VCU through increased international student enrollment and improved visiting scholar program from other countries.
  • Enhance cross-cultural awareness through short-term educational and cultural training programs.

International Educational Studies Center mission

Our mission is to provide a variety of educational and cultural opportunities for scholars, educators and students from around the world to explore foundational and culturally meaningful topics in education and related fields. The International Educational Studies Center (IESC) is committed to fostering an educational community that encourages dynamic intellectual dialogues among all stakeholders who are responsible for the education of all individuals from diverse backgrounds.