History of Dallas International University

Dallas International University or DIU is a graduate and undergraduate school situated in southwest Dallas, Texas, and it is formerly known as the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics. Since its inception in 1998, the Dallas International University offers training for applied linguistics and language development work related to minority languages worldwide. The institution offers courses in multilingual languages, macro-sociolinguistics, translation, language survey, and descriptive linguistics. In this article, we are going to know more about the history of Dallas International University.


In March 1998, Dallas International University was founded, and it was built on the International Linguistics Center in Dallas, Texas. During its founding, the institution was called the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics. In the fall of 1999, the institution opened its doors to students for the first time. They first offered a master’s degree in either Applied Linguistics while operating under a license given by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. GIAL’s first graduates were given their degrees in June 2000. Three years later, GIAL became a candidate for accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges so that they could award a master’s degree. Two years after that, GIAL received its initial accreditation, which was reiterated in 2010, which was valid for ten years.

In 2017, GIAL started to offer a full three or four-year baccalaureate degree. Since this move made GIAL not just a graduate school, the institution began to expand its programs to Include World Arts and Abrahamic Studies. This means that the school was no longer solely focusing on Applied Linguistics. That is why the school changed its name to Dallas International University on September 1, 2018.

Since then, the Dallas International University was comprised of four departments, namely: The College of International Studies, The Center for Excellence in World Arts, the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, and the Abraham Center. The GIAL Department is made up of two smaller departments which are, the Applied Linguistics Department and the Applied Anthropology Department.

Dallas International University offers a Master of Arts degree with majors in Applied Linguistics, Abrahamic Studies, World Arts, and Language and Culture Studies. The school also provides concentration within these majors such as Descriptive Linguistics, Cross-Cultural Service, Bible Translation, Sociolinguistics, Literacy, Applied Arts, Linguistics, Arts and Scripture Engagement, and Cross-Cultural Service.

The university is proud that they have highly-qualified faculty members who have mostly performed wide-ranging fieldwork in their teaching subjects. Aside from this, Dallas International University’s place on the International Linguistics Center allows its students to talk and learn from different people who have extensive knowledge in applied anthropology, world arts, and linguistics. Dallas International University continues to hire experienced personnel who worked and lived around the world. That is why this is the ideal place if someone really wants to expand their horizons.