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.
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