The Hamilton Lugar School of Global & International Studies at Indiana University is a leader in the study of international affairs and the languages, cultures, and perspectives shaping our world. We take a multidisciplinary approach to global education, offering instruction in over 80 languages—the most in the country—and helping you develop cultural fluency and expertise in nearly every region, including Africa, Russia, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
The first step to changing the world is seeking to understand it.
We’ll teach you how.
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We offer nearly 20 undergraduate majors and minors and more than 50 graduate and doctoral opportunities. No matter your path, you'll graduate fluent in at least one language and equipped with the tools necessary to make an impact on the world.
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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.
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 16Fulbright Scholars
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
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Language Flagship Programs
The Hamilton Lugar School houses Language Flagship programs in Arabic and Chinese (Mandarin). Indiana University is home to three programs, the most 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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Global & International Studies Building
The Hamilton Lugar School wishes to acknowledge and honor the Miami, Delaware, Potawatomi, and Shawnee people, on whose ancestral homelands and resources Indiana University was built.