Why Give?

Our Unique Mission

Since its founding in 1998, Dallas International University has become the ‘gold standard’ – a truly unique institution with a unique mission to prepare global leaders to partner with local communities around the world.

DIU is a student–focused institution with a special calling to prepare our students to give their lives in service to the marginalized people of the world. A large number of Dallas International University alumni serve as literacy workers, language surveyors, ethnomusicologists, Bible translators and multicultural workers in a variety of other fields.

Experienced Faculty

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

Years of Field Service
Countries of Service
Languages Spoken or Signed
Publications Produced

Alumni Impact

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

Organizations with which Alumni Serve
Countries in which Alumni Serve
Language Projects

MILLIONS of People Impacted


Dallas International University 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.


1972-1998 Texas SIL


Dallas International University 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.
1998-2018 Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics

March 31, 1998

The founding of Dallas International University under our original name, the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics. Dr. David Ross serves as first president.


Dallas International University welcomes first students as the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics.


First graduating class


Dallas International University is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to grant MA degrees.


Abraham Center begins offering courses.


MA with a major in World Arts launched


BA degree approved by SACSCOC


W.W. Caruth III Endowed Scholarship established.


Center for Excellence in World Arts established.


MA with a major in Islamic Studies launched


Library remodel completed using funds from a Hillcrest Foundation grant.


Dr. Douglas Tiffin appointed as president.


Hillcrest Foundation grant for technology upgrades


2018-Present Dallas International University


Name change approved.  The Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics becomes Dallas International University.


PhD in World Arts approved by SACSCOC.

May 2019

Hillcrest Foundation grant for classroom technology upgrades received


Sign Language Linguistics courses first offered

November 2019

The Eduard Alekseyev Endowed Scholarship for World Arts established

January 2020

Student Life Center opens

January 2020

Dallas International University celebrates 20 Years

June 2020

Full summer program begins

August 2021

MA with a major in Translation Advising launched

July 2022

Dr. Scott Berthiaume becomes DIU’s third president.

August 2022

MA with a major in Human Migration launches