The Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL), located on the International Linguistics Center (ILC) in Dallas, TX, was founded March 31, 1998. It has a rich history dating back to 1972 when Texas SIL classes commenced on the ILC campus. 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 graduate degrees in Applied Linguistics and 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 to award masters degrees and in December 2005, GIAL received initial accreditation. This accreditation was reaffirmed in 2010 for a ten-year period.

In 2013, the Board of Trustees voted to authorize the initiation of an undergraduate degree program at GIAL.  The BA in International Studies degree program provides junior and senior level courses in the fields of language learning, linguistics, cross-cultural service, and world arts.

Since its opening in 1999, GIAL has grown to include the Abraham Center, the Center for Excellence in World Arts, and the College of International Studies.   Degrees and programs include 4 MA majors, 1 BA major, and 3 certificate programs. With each program, GIAL continues to equip students to cross language and culture boundaries.

GIAL is proud of its highly qualified faculty, most of whom have performed extensive fieldwork in the areas in which they are teaching as well as having terminal degrees. Additionally, GIAL’s location on the ILC campus provides students with countless opportunities to talk with and learn from a wide variety of people who have extensive experience in linguistics and language development. The ILC also serves as an administrative center for SIL International and PBT. The constant influx of experienced field personnel from around the world makes GIAL an ideal place for students to expand their horizons.