Why give to GIAL?


Unique Mission

Since its founding in 1998, GIAL has become the ‘gold standard’ institution – a truly unique institution, with a unique mission and a world-wide impact.

GIAL is a student–focused institution with a special calling to prepare students to cross language and culture boundaries.  A large number of GIAL alumni serve as literacy workers, language surveyors, ethnomusicologists, Bible translators and cross-cultural workers in a variety of other fields. We are privileged to be used to prepare our students to give their lives in service to the marginalized people of the world.

History

1999    GIAL welcomes first students

2000    First graduating class

2005    Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

2011    Abraham Center begins offering courses

2012    MA with a major in World Arts launched

2013    BA degree approved by SACSCOC 

2014    W.W. Caruth III Endowed Scholarship established

2015    Center for Excellence in World Arts established

2015    MA in Islamic Studies first offered

2015    Certificate in TESOL first offered

2016    Library remodel completed

2017    Dr. Douglas Tiffin appointed as president

2017    Hillcrest Foundation grant for technology upgrade

Experienced Faculty

GIAL’s faculty has a world of experience and is GIAL’s greatest asset.

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Years of Field Service

579

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Countries of Service

48

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Languages Spoken

50

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Publications Produced

552

Alumni Impact

Students are attracted to GIAL because of its core commitments, and also by the wide variety of service opportunities opened up for students interested in working cross-culturally. Our alumni continue to work with distinction in a growing number of countries, under the sponsorship of an increasing number of service agencies.

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Organizations

65+

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Countries of Service

80+

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Language Projects

300+

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People
Impacted

Millions

Results

GIAL is training the next generation of workers in the areas of language development, literacy, Bible translation and world arts. Our graduates receive exemplary education that is also applicable and realistic in solving the real world problems of illiteracy, poverty, and human suffering. Our graduates’ work makes a difference in people’s lives which will last long after they are gone. This means that your gift will have a global, multi-generational impact.