東海大學國際學院全英語授課，旨在培育跨領域思考、國際思維、創新創業的人才。開設有國際經營管理及永續科學與工程學士課程。必修之 「國際領導榮譽學程」為本院特色，培養學生迎接21世紀全球化「繁榮、永續」的挑戰和機會。國際學院與美國以博雅教育著名的三一大學（Trinity University）、美國羅德島大學（The University of Rhode Island）、美國天普大學（Temple University）、英國諾丁漢倫特大學 (Nottingham Trent University)、法國雷恩管理學院 (Rennes Business College) 、美國安德烈大學 (Andrews University) 等多所名校進行2+2、3+1、3+2雙聯學位合作計畫，畢業後有機會取得雙學位。在全英語的學習及生活環境中，經由課堂聽講、個案討論以及海外研習，台灣學生與外籍生共同體認不同文化，研讀彼此關心的議題，是與國際接軌的最佳捷徑。
國際學院鼓勵學生跨領域學習，於國際學院下開設不同領域之學程，除此之外，本著強調與國際接軌、全球領導與全人發展的基礎教育，本學院設計一套通識教育必修課程-『國際領導榮譽課程』( GL: Global Leadership Honors Program ) ，包含當代政治、經濟、社會、文化的趨勢、藝術的涵養、生態環境的變遷、21世紀的全球公民素養等，為台灣真正全英語教學國際學院之首例。學術上來說，「認知」與「視野」皆透過學習、探索與熟悉來建構。因此，教導學生通識教育課程的教授扮演重要的角色。
The International College: Embellishing the Pioneering Spirit of Tunghai
The newest college at Tunghai University, the International College (IC), is strengthening the internationalization of the university and preparing students for the global community. The IC features English-taught Bachelor of Science degrees in International Business Administration (IBA) and Sustainability Science and Engineering (SSE). These programs focus on multi-disciplinary learning, global thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship. A unique feature is the Liberal Arts approach of the Global Leadership (GL) Program. The goal of the GL courses is to enhance students’ international awareness and global vision. Through coursework, public lectures, and special events and activities in an international atmosphere, students gain a multi-faceted, factual, and first-hand understanding of global trends in business, world economy, ecology, culture, and the arts.
The teachers, students, and overseas study opportunities create a unique international experience for the students in the International College. The faculty of the International College is composed of both local and international teachers, and over a quarter of the student population (degree-seeking and exchange students) are from overseas (26 different countries). This combination of teachers and students creates a truly international environment. Moreover, the college offers numerous exchange and dual degree programs with leading universities around the world. Nearly 80% of the first graduating class of IBA students studied overseas before they graduated.
Another unique feature of the International College is the Mentor Program. Each incoming class has an American mentor who helps students make the transition from high school to independent learners in an all-English environment. The mentors are from two of the top Liberal Arts schools in America: Davidson College and Trinity University. In addition to helping students master English, they host cultural activities and help students with their international exchange and college applications. Simply, they ensure that students are off to a good start on the road to success.
The IC creates a nurturing environment for students. Two teachers in the IC have won the Tunghai University Outstanding Teacher Award for offering innovative courses. Mr. James Gillespie was recognized for being the first and only teacher in Taiwan to integrate the Color Accounting curriculum into his Accounting course. Color Accounting combines visual and kinesthetic learning practices to alleviate students’ fears of math. Students can then competently navigate the language of accounting and feel confident in their abilities. The year before, Dr. James Sims won the award for his Leadership & Global Citizen for the 21st Century course which features interaction with global leaders from large international corporations and successful private entrepreneurs. Each week the speakers talk about leadership and what it takes to be successful, as well as what they look for in employees and what skill sets students should develop. This course has led to internships for students and job offers upon graduation. The recent addition of Dr. Annie Y. Tsai, who is also the new Dean of the Office of International Relations, has also added a new Social and Cultural Psychology dimension to the International College.