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 originally as Texas-SIL and a satellite campus for the linguistics department at nearby UT-Arlington. In the late 1990’s, Texas-SIL decided to reinvent itself as a stand-alone accredited graduate school and soon after, the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics was formed.

In the fall of 1999, GIAL opened its doors to students, offering a Master of Arts 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: https://sacscoc.org/) 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 followed by a Master in World Arts degree in 2012.  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. In 2017, GIAL expanded to offer a four-year baccalaureate degree and in 2018, its first PhD (World Arts) began accepting students.

With new offerings both at the undergraduate and graduate level and well beyond linguistics programs, GIAL’s name was changed to Dallas International University in 2018.

Today, Dallas International University is composed of three departments: CIS – the College of International Studies. GIAL – the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, and CEWA – the Center for Excellence in World Arts.  Its accreditation status with SACSCOC was reaffirmed in 2021.

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.

DIU offers two certificates: an undergraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics (CAL) and a graduate Certificate in Multicultural Teamwork (CMT).

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.