Want to change the world?
First seek to understand it.
The Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University is one of the largest international affairs schools in the country and a leader in the study of the languages, cultures, and perspectives shaping our world.
For us, the goal is simple: educating principled and nonpartisan leaders—something the world needs more than ever. Like our namesakes, Rep. Lee H. Hamilton and Sen. Richard G. Lugar, the Hamilton Lugar School community knows the importance of global engagement and the value of celebrating differences and seeking shared understanding.
Is that you?
We study policy, cultures, languages & leadership
From the first day of classes, you are immersed in a diverse, welcoming community at the hub of Indiana University’s intellectual and cultural life. You will go from lecture halls to concert halls to attending our conference on America’s Role in the World.
You will study with diplomats, attend lectures by prime ministers, and debate climate accords with classmates—in one of more than 80 languages. And when the time comes for you to walk across the stage and turn the tassel, you will be a global citizen ready to take on the world.
We embrace the challenge
“The world has always been of interest to me. Whether that was excelling in my Spanish classes and diving into Latin American cultures, learning about the colonial French roots of my parents’ home country of Guinea, or researching my religion and how the Arabian Peninsula influenced it.”
International Law and Institutions, class of 2022; Ramatou gave the student introduction for Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s foreign policy speech at the IU Auditorium in June 2019.
We set the standard
#1Number of foreign languages taught in the US
#1Available Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships
70%Undergraduate students travel abroad
#1Language Flagship programs in the US
Top 10Boren and Critical Language Scholars
Top 16Fulbright students and scholars
We train on the world stage
"I’ve had the opportunity to intern with the U.S. Department of State at the US Consulate in Guangzhou, China and studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea at Yonsei University. I also had the opportunity to attend the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women with Professor Shruti Rana as a student delegate. I was also one of the first students to switch my major to International Law and Institutions. This joint degree between the Hamilton Lugar School and the Maurer School of Law helps students like me develop the expertise needed to make an impact after graduation."
International Law, East Asian Languages & Cultures and International Law & Institutions, class of 2020
We are a community of scholars, practitioners, leaders & learners
Language Flagship Programs
The Hamilton Lugar School houses three Language Flagship programs in Arabic, Mandarin, and Turkish. Indiana University is home to the most flagship programs in the country.Explore the flagships
HLS Living-Learning Center
The LLC is a close-knit residential community for globally minded students who take part in a tailored program of activities that bridge the classroom with the world.Apply to join the LLC
School-, university-, and government-funded financial aid is available for tuition, Scholarships funded by the school, university, and government are available for tuition, internships, and study abroad.See scholarship opportunities
Growing up in Indiana, one learns early on that talent and accomplishments count—but honesty and integrity count more.Sen. Richard Lugar
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