Office of International Student Services

Phi Beta Delta Honor Society — Zeta Beta Chapter

Pictured:  New members of the Zeta Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Delta, inducted in 2018

Phi Beta Delta is the Honor Society for International Scholars.

Phi Beta Delta, founded at California State University, Long Beach in 1986, was established as an organization in 1987 with 38 chartered chapters, many of which had existed for a considerable time previously at the local level. It is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education. As of December of 2012, 192 chapters have been chartered.  High Point University’s chapter, Zeta Beta, was chartered in 2005 through the efforts of Dr. Barbara Mascali, Assistant Professor of German and ESL.

Phi Beta Delta traces its background to the eighteenth-century founding of Phi Beta Kappa. In the nineteenth century, Greek fraternities divided into the social, professional, and academic Greeks. Phi Beta Delta is an academic and professional society, unique because it is resolutely interdisciplinary and international. Its formal organization brought together numerous pre-existing internally-oriented campus groups. (

Membership is offered to undergraduate and graduate international students, as well as domestic students who have studied abroad and are involved in international activities on campus. Honorary memberships are reserved for faculty and staff who have demonstrated outstanding service to the cause of international education, international exchange and internationalization.

2018 Induction Ceremony

The induction ceremony was held on April 23, 2018.  8 students and 5 members of the faculty and staff were brought into membership.


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