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Celebrating the successes of the past year in both Japan and Alabama, we have chosen "Kib? / Aspire" for the theme of the 27th Annual Sakura Festival as we look toward the future. In traditional Japanese, the time of ohanami, or viewing of the cherry blossoms, reminds one of the paradoxically fleeting yet enduring nature of life, which is symbolized in the single moment when a cherry blossom petal detaches itself to float earthward. In contemporary Japan, friends joyfully gather whenever the cherry trees, called sakura, blossom. They meet to celebrate and to recognize friendship, the beauty of sakura, and good cheer under the boughs. Our own Sakura Festival reminds many in Alabama of fresh beginnings and the renewal of the spirit that comes with friendship. Thus, though we can never be sure when our cherry trees will blossom, we do know that the 2013 Sakura Festival will bring us mutual friendship and understanding through varied events and activities.Welcome to the Capstone International Center

The Capstone International Center (CIC) is part of the Office of Academic Affairs. CIC is comprised of the following units:

  • English Language Institute (ELI)
  • English language instruction for international students.
  • Capstone International Academic Programs (CIAP)
  • Study abroad and other academic programming for students.
  • Capstone International Services (CIS)

Immigration, employment, and support needs for international students, faculty, and staff.

Each of our units performs unique and crucial work toward the overall internationalization of the campus. I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about what we do and how we support the university's mission. We welcome your input and suggestions regarding our efforts and international programming, services, and activities at The University of Alabama. Contact us at

Teresa E. Wise, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for International Education and Global Outreach

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