Our History

Dallas International University (DIU), located on the International Linguistics Center (ILC) in Dallas, TX, was founded March 31, 1998 as the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL). It has a rich history dating back to 1972 when Texas SIL classes commenced. When SIL decided to seek accreditation for this training, it discovered that a new and separate institution would be required. Thus, the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics was formed.

In the fall of 1999, GIAL opened its doors to students for the first time, offering a master’s degree in either Applied Linguistics or Language Development, under a license from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The first graduates received their degrees the following June 2000. In 2003, GIAL became a candidate for accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award a master’s degree, and in December 2005, GIAL received initial accreditation. This accreditation was reaffirmed in 2010 for a ten-year period. In 2013, GIAL established the College of International Studies to offer junior and senior level courses for a baccalaureate degree in International Service. Accreditation was granted through SACSCOC to award this undergraduate degree. The Master’s in World Arts degree was first offered in 2012, and CEWA – the Center for Excellence in World Arts was launched in early 2014 to further GIAL’s collaboration with other organizations fostering education in world arts. Later in 2014, the Abraham Center was dedicated as an official department supporting the creation of the MA with major in Abrahamic Studies, and the Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies. In 2017, GIAL decided to offer a full three or four-year baccalaureate degree, with the first students at the freshman or sophomore level starting in the Spring of 2018.

Because GIAL was no longer just a graduate school, and had expanded its programs to include World Arts and Abrahamic Studies, and was no longer solely focusing on Applied Linguistics, the school name no longer reflected the breadth of its programs. So effective September 1, 2018, the school’s name was changed to Dallas International University.

Dallas International University is composed of four departments: (1) CIS – the College of International Studies. (2) GIAL – the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, (3) CEWA – the Center for Excellence in World Arts, and (4) AbC – the Abraham Center. GIAL is composed of two departments: (1) the Applied Anthropology Department and (2) the Applied Linguistics Department.

DIU offers three certificates: an undergraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics (CAL), a graduate Certificate in Multicultural Teamwork (CMT), and a graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies (ISC).

DIU awards a Master of Arts degree with majors in Abrahamic Studies (AS), Applied Linguistics (AL), Language and Culture Studies (AA), and World Arts (WA). Concentrations within these majors include Bible Translation (AL), Descriptive Linguistics (AL), Cross-Cultural Service (AL), Abrahamic Worldviews (AC), Literacy (AA), Sociolinguistics (AA), Scripture Engagement (AA), Applied Arts (WA), Arts and Islam (WA), Arts and Scripture Engagement (WA), and Linguistics (WA).

The College of International Studies (CIS) had its first students in their undergraduate program in the fall of 2014. CIS offers a BA degree in International Service with four minors: 1) Cross-Cultural Studies; 2) Linguistics; 3) World Arts; and 4) Abrahamic Studies or 5) Islamic Studies.

DIU is proud of its highly-qualified faculty members, most of whom have performed extensive fieldwork in the subjects which they teach, as well as having terminal degrees. Additionally, DIU’s location on the International Linguistics Center provides students an opportunity to talk with and learn from a wide variety of people who have extensive experience in linguistics, applied anthropology, and world arts. The constant influx of experienced personnel who have lived and worked around the world makes DIU an ideal place to expand one’s horizons. You will meet these people in the library, in the dining hall, in a classroom, or in any number of informal situations around campus.