Research indicates that international service is increasing in scope and significance around the world, yet it is the least-studied form of civic service. International service is defined as service across borders. In an era of increasing globalization, international service may have significant potential to contribute to international peace, cooperation and development. The Center for Social Development's research explores how to create avenues for participation in international service and to ensure that it provides meaningful and long-lasting value to both sending and hosting communities.
The center has launched an outcome study on international service learning across multiple higher education partners. In addition, the center co-sponsored a summit on International Service Learning at Duke University in March 2015. This is one of a series of conferences co-conceived by Amanda Moore McBride. She also presented the "Civic Mission of Higher Education" for Washington University at the second summit on University Social Responsibility at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.