Internationalizing Extension

In today's globally interconnected world, even the most remote rural community here in the U.S. is affected by globalization. Changing demographics in many communities are creating new audiences for Extension. In the US, 47 million people speak a language other than English and 12% of our population is foreign-born. By strengthening the international dimension of its programs Extension will be better able to fully serve the changing needs of its clientele.

Whether the need is increased market opportunities over seas, understanding environmental and health issues that know no national boundaries, or using cross-cultural skills to better serve diverse domestic audiences, Extension can play a critical role.

Highlights of OSU Extension's International Efforts

  • OSU Extension Service-International Experience Database (PDF)
    Current and retired OSU Extension faculty members provide a rich pool of individuals with international experience. Both the University and the State of Oregon benefit from their knowledge base.
    Contact the Global Relations Committee Chair of the Oregon (Gamma) Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, Jeanne Brandt, to add information to the database.
  • National Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Global Relations Website
    Use the ESP Global Extension Website to post and find international work opportunities. Individuals looking to do overseas service will find contact information for organizations and agencies doing international work. Specific information is found in the Global Extension Links of Interest section.
  • 4-H World Citizenship Program/International Exchanges Website
    Young people need a global perspective to understand their position in the world and how events in other continents affect them. The Oregon 4-H Youth Development Program has involved young people internationally for over 50 years and provides hands-on learning activities that develop awareness of the world and its peoples. We can introduce youth to a broader world by engaging them in these opportunities.
    Contact Chris McDonald, 4-H Program Coordinator, Global Citizenship.

Job-Related International Experience

There are several options for faculty international job-related experiences.

If participating in any of the above options, you must submit the Out-of-State Travel Authorization Form.

Individuals traveling outside the US for work, please note the following information

If you are traveling internationally on behalf of Oregon State University, your trip must be registered with the Oregon State University Office of Risk Management (ORM) prior to your departure. This is a requirement regardless of the source of funding for the trip. Registration is easy to complete and can be done by accessing the International Travel and Risk Management website. You will find a link about a quarter of the way down the page that says: “CLICK HERE TO Register your trip”. While you are on this webpage, please also review the information about recommended levels of insurance.

When international travel expenses will be charged to a grant index, pre-approval from the Office of Post Award Administration (OPAA) is required and you will need to fill out the Foreign Travel Authorization form.

Potential Funding

Through the generous donations of Extension supporters, OSU Extension offers professional development funds to support Extension faculty and staff in their professional development activities. These funds are awarded quarterly and are designed to help faculty and staff gain the knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors to enhance Extension education programs and services. Each quarter $1,000 will be available for international professional development opportunities.

See the Professional Developement website for complete criteria, deadlines and the application form.

Options and Experiences

Coming soon

Reports on Projects and Experiences

By Dave King, Associate Provost, University Outreach and Engagement.