Tech International Students Join World Cup Fans in Cheering Final at ...

July 22, 2014

Serkan Balyimez, along with his son and daughter, sat inside Jones AT&T Stadium to cheer on a riveting game of football.

It was a different kind of football than what Jones Stadium is used to, though. Balyimez and his family were just a part of a small crowd that gathered inside the stadium Sunday to watch the final match of the 2014 World Cup on the stadium’s big screen.

The match between Argentina and Germany attracted Texas Tech’s international students like Balyimez, where the setting of the stadium, as well as the free food and drinks provided, created a spirited atmosphere.

“It’s good being outside,” Balyimez said. “I could watch it indoors, but I like this better for kids; they can play and run.”

The event was organized by Tech’s Office of International Affairs and the graduate school as a way for international students, and anyone with a passion for soccer, to watch the final game together in a significant way. Balyimez, a recent graduate with a PhD in physics, is from Turkey. He said he was rooting for Argentina because he believes they were the underdog.

U.S. Education Provides Stepping Stone for International Students

July 22, 2014

Silvano Ocheya is a long way from home. But it won’t be long before he returns to Kenya or another developing countryin need of the new skills he’s learned in the U.S.

“I hope to work in a developing country; not necessarily my country, but I have a passion to help make change in people’s lives. That’s my focus,” said Ocheya, a Texas A&M University doctoral student in College Station.

Ocheya spent the summer in Amarillo harvesting wheat and gathering data for his dissertation project, which he will complete in about 18 months under advisors Dr. Shuyu Liu, Texas A&M AgriLife Research small grains geneticist in Amarillo, and Dr. Amir Ibrahim, AgriLife Research wheat breeder in College Station.

Centenary College's (NJ) Successful SCLP Program Starts Another Summer

July 21, 2014

Centenary College is running its annual intensive Summer Culture and Language Program for international students to learn American culture and the English language. This program is open to international college and high school students.

From July 7 through August 14th, 55 students from China, Georgia and Korea are attending the Summer Culture & Language Program. Fourteen of the summer students will remain at Centenary for the 2014-2015 academic year. Some students will be attending from Centenary sister university partners in South Korea such as Dongduk Women’s University, Ewha Womans University, Hoseo University, and Yongin University, and from Hwa Nan University in China. Three international students from China will be participating; two from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains and one from Pope John XXIII Regional High School in Sparta Township.

Did You Know, Rutgers (NJ) is International

July 21, 2014

On February 25, NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced Rutgers University as a recipient of the 2014 Simon Award for their comprehensive internationalization efforts.

Rutgers received the 2014 “Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization” for excellence in integrating international education across all aspects of college and university campuses.

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EMU (VA) Kenyan Students Connect Miles from Home

July 21, 2014

Their neighborhoods in Nairobi, Kenya, were only 30 minutes apart. Yet two students traveled more than 7,500 miles to meet for the first time at Eastern Mennonite University, where they discovered a closer connection than geographic proximity.
At the end of her first EMU semester, Kaltuma Noorow had a casual conversation with Caleb Hinga, then a sophomore. She mentioned her mother’s name — Dekha Abdi. Instantly Hinga made the connection, “You’re Dekha’s daughter!”
Dekha Ibrahim Abdi, a Somali-Muslim woman who was internationally recognized for her peace work, had been his mother’s inspiration at EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

Kings College (PA) is recruiting students from Turkey

July 21, 2014

With their sights set on diversifying campus while reaching students on an international basis, representatives from King’s College have returned from a trip to Turkey, where several academic partnerships were established.

On the trip, King’s President Rev. John Ryan and Dr. Fevzi Akinci, associate dean of the William G. McGowan School of Business, met with of not-for-profit universities to share several school initiatives.

The agreement calls for a “2+2” commitment between the student and the school, in which a student would take two years of courses at one of the participating Turkish schools and finish the remaining two years at King’s, receiving a degree from both.

Kansas Women's Leadership Institute Taking Place This Summer at KU (KS)

July 14, 2014

The University of Kansas (KU) is welcoming a group of students from Afghanistan, India, Morocco, Mongolia, Pakistan, Zambia, and Kansas to participate in the Kansas Women's Leadership Institute (KWLI) this summer. KWLI "provides a transformative experience that develops leadership competencies, cultivates a spirit of collaboration, and elevates the power of women’s voices."

Pierce (WA) Alum Brings a Sense of Home to International Students

July 14, 2014

Each Wednesday night without fail, Elizabeth Sierra-Arruffatt prepares a home-cooked meal for a group of students who have traveled across the world to study here at Pierce College. As a Pierce alum, Sierra-Arruffatt got to know many international students while she was in school, and developed a great respect for the bravery it takes to study in a foreign country.

Japanese Student Comes 'Home' to Boise State (ID)

July 14, 2014

Former international students Takami Nakagawa and Rie Yoshida both graduated from Boise State in 1981, before marrying each other a year later. Next year, their story will come full circle when their son Shuhei will also graduate from Boise State.

Read more about their experiences in this article.

Faculty Learn Chinese to Help Connect with International Students

July 11, 2014

When Oxford College Professor Frank Maddox goes to China on sabbatical this fall, studying business culture and central banking to enhance what he brings to his economics classes will be only part of the picture.

Hobsons Virtual Student Fairs

July 7, 2014

Hobsons Virtual Student Fairs offer students around the world the opportunity to obtain information, advice and services online, directly from school representatives, without the need to leave your home or your computer! Some of the features the fairs offer include:

- Talk live with admissions representatives from over 20 U.S. colleges and universities!
- Live chat or video chat with international students like you who are already on campus
- Watch student video webcasts and download them
Be eligible to win USD 3,000 in scholarships: you just have to attend the fair! Scholarships will be given during the fair to students who are attending!

International Students Being Made to Feel at Home in U.S.

July 7, 2014

When Emmanuel Abu arrived in Huntington, West Virginia, from his native Nigeria to begin college at Marshall University last fall, everything seemed to have been planned out to ensure a smooth matriculation.

­Through a special program for international students, Abu received comprehensive support that helped him to successfully acclimate to an American college classroom.

Miami University (FL) Pre-Departure Orientation for Admitted Fall ...

July 3, 2014

Miami University will be in Shanghai (7/12/14) and Beijing (7/13/14) for a Pre-Departure Orientation for Admitted Fall 2014 students. Please RSVP by sending requests to

The Department of Homeland Security Launches Enhanced Website for ...

July 2, 2014

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched an enhanced Study in the States website with four new features. The features enable the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), housed within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), to convey pertinent information to stakeholders about the international student process in a clear and interactive manner.

The new features include:
-An interactive glossary to find definitions to the most-used terms in the international student process.
-An "Ask a Question" section to get the answers to commonly asked questions about studying in the United States or school certification.
-An enhanced School Search page to locate schools certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to enroll international students across the United States in a comprehensive list or on an interactive map, by name, state, educational program or visa type.
-A mobile-ready version of Study in the States so users can easily view the site on their smart phones or tablets.

Georgetown University (DC) Communication, Culture and Technology ...

June 30, 2014

The Communication, Culture and Technology (CCT) M.A. program is excited to announce the launching of its first online course, (CCTP 798) - Key Concepts in Technology and How to Use Them, this Fall 2014. CCT Founder and Associate Professor, Martin Irvine, developed this course as part of his receiving one of Georgetown’s ITEL grants, which represents the university’s new initiative for greater tech-enhanced learning.

This course will provide students and working professionals with important conceptual and analytical tools for understanding the key concepts behind our current media and computational technologies. The course will be taught entirely online using Georgetown’s Blackboard course platform with video and multimedia presentations, and real-time video conferencing.