International students make up a significant portion of the student body at Parkland. According to Parkland’s website, 350 students representing over 50 countries attend school here. Life for an international student is different from that of a domestic student in many ways. In addition to the typical stresses that any college student deals with, international students may also find it difficult to feel comfortable in an unfamiliar environment. Parkland is well aware of the difficulties these students face and has staff on hand to help them cope.
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Students had the chance to share stories about their culture on May 4th as part of the International Students of OSU’s annual Spring Festival, in which 16 international student groups served food and performed for students and their families attending the university’s Moms Weekend. The theme of this year’s festival was “Stories our Mamas told us.”
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Eighty-five students at the University of Kansas (KU) received Global Awareness Program certificates at an annual recognition ceremony. The Global Awareness Program (GAP) awards transcript certification to students who have demonstrated a heightened degree of global engagement through their academic coursework, experiences abroad and co-curricular involvement. GAP is open to all undergraduate students who wish to supplement their KU degree with this unique certificate.
GAP consists of three main components: Academic, Co-curricular, and International Experience. Students may choose any two components to complete certification, and those who fulfill all three components will receive certification with distinction. Students can tailor their GAP experience to fit their interests, experiences, and degree requirements. With its interdisciplinary emphasis and flexibility, GAP offers all students the chance to distinguish themselves and demonstrate that they are better prepared to live, lead, and work in a global society.
In the current academic year, 220 students at the University of Kansas have received certification with more expected by the end of the semester. Ten students have completed all three tracks of program in order to receive distinction. Twenty international students were honored.
Throughout its long history, the U.S. Naval Academy has produced prominent leaders. The academy prepares young men and women to become officers in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. But not all of its undergraduate students - known as midshipmen - are American. Dozens are foreign exchange students who return home to serve their countries after graduating.
Read more about their experiences here: http://www.voanews.com/content/foreign-students-adapt-to-rigors-of-us-naval-academy/1891078.html.
Winona State University (WSU) is excited to announce the opening of the English Language Center in Bemidji in partnership with Bemidji State University. The English Language Center at Bemidji State University offers intensive English language instruction and cultural activities to international students who are preparing to study at BSU, WSU, another U.S. university, or simply wish to improve their English.
For information about the ELC in Bemidji, visit www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/english_language_center.
Hollywood - which is part of Los Angeles - is the movie capital of the world, and many aspiring filmmakers go there in hopes of breaking into the movie business. Regional universities are also a magnet for students, who hope to become producers or directors.
Learn about international students who are studying at institutions like California State University and other Los Angeles universities to prepare for a career in the increasingly international movie industry.
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Students from 73 countries will spend an evening soaking in the cultural experience of a Texas ranch. For the third year, the Baylor Center for International Education will organize the semester-ending Texas Ranch Party, hosted at Faith Rest Ranch in Crawford.
For more information about the event visit: http://baylorlariat.com/2014/04/23/international-students-to-get-taste-of-authentic-texas-culture/
Good news! The University of Baltimore has just announced a new program that gives all first-time, full-time freshmen the opportunity to take advantage of a tuition-free final semester. For more information click on the link below.
Colorado Mesa University plans to open a BridgePathways center on its campus in Grand Junction this summer. The university commits to providing international students with the tools they will need to succeed in their education and cultural experience at a U.S. experience. BridgePathways will provide CMU's international students with the added advantage of an intensive academic English curriculum that is designed to prepare students for university assignments. BridgePathways at CMU will have six start dates throughout the year, offering 8-week terms, and conditional admission to the university will be available to qualified students.
Colorado Mesa University, located in the beautiful high-desert country of western Colorado, offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and has extensive options for international students both in and out of the classroom.
Glenn Muffih of Babanki, Cameroon, chose to get a degree in business from Southern Arkansas University. Now in the SAU MBA program, he feels confident he will be able to use his education to make a difference in his home country.
“It depends.” That is what you’ll hear when asking about the U.S. university admission process. With over 4,000 universities in the United States and no standard application system, the U.S. admission process can be confusing for everyone, but especially for students applying from other countries.
This course will help international students (non-U.S. citizens) and non-native English speakers navigate the U.S. university admission process by offering practical information about the documents and pieces that make up a U.S. university application. More importantly, admission officers will discuss how they use those pieces to decide who is accepted and who is denied, so that you can understand the process beyond the pieces.
By the end of this course, you will understand application basics that include researching schools, creating a school list, and establishing an application plan. This course will not answer all of your application questions, but it will teach you to ask the right questions of yourself and the universities. Ultimately, you will have all the information you need to start your process the right way, putting you on the path to acceptance.
24 African countries are represented on the South Dakota State University Campus. And on Feb. 16, the SDSU African Student Association showcased all of them at African Night, celebrating culture in spectacular color, song and dance.
Event performances included several dances and a drama of a traditional baby naming ceremony. There was also a tribute to Nelson Mandela as well as a presentation on the service-learning initiatives African students at SDSU have participated with and engineered. Attendees came in their native dress and showed off their style in a cultural and colorful fashion show.
Traditional foods like joloff rice, chapatti, waakye and fried rice, boforot and fried plantains were served, sending a heavenly aroma throughout the ballroom and offering a delicious experience for the taste buds. The event attracted over 400 people from the campus and community. To view more photos of Africa Night, visit www.facebook.com/SDSUInternational.
Admissions applications are now being accepted for fall semester which begins August 2014. The SDSU Office of International Affairs is the hub for international student services and undergraduate admissions, ESL programs, study abroad planning and community connections programs. For more information, visit www.sdstate.edu/international.
Mount Holyoke College offers classroom and online summer courses to undergraduate and graduate students for academic credit as well as community members seeking professional development and personal enrichment. May 27–July 2 and July 8–August 13, 2014.
We are currently accepting applications for exciting courses such as, The Hunger Games, Social Psychology and Chinese Hollywood. Register now: www.mtholyoke.edu/go/page-courses
Western Washington University international students worked with the university chef and catering staff to create authentic dishes from their home countries at the Global Gourmets Dinner on Thursday, March 6. Organized by the Center for International Studies, International Student and Scholar Services, and University Catering, the evening featured a six-course tasting menu with dishes from Finland, Bhutan, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, and Saudi Arabia. Six students presented their food and culture to an audience of university administrators, faculty, and students. This celebration of Western’s international students also included performances by a student jazz quintet and a well-known Lummi Nation violinist and storyteller. The collaboration served to highlight the diverse perspectives and experiences that international students bring to Western.
International Student and Scholar Services supports international students at Western Washington University, providing assistance with immigration advising, practical matters, and social and cultural adjustment. ISSS also works to promote cross-cultural exchange throughout the University community. International students may begin their studies at Western Washington University in Fall, Winter, or Spring quarters.
Carroll University has initiated a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Behavior, one of only 10 such programs in the United States. Students electing to major in Animal Behavior prepare for careers ranging from domestic or exotic animal training to zoo keeping to wildlife management. With the appropriate coursework, students are also prepared for graduate training in field such as Veterinary Medicine or Wildlife Conservation. Carroll’s program includes coursework in behavioral neuroscience, behavior analysis, and behavioral ecology. All students complete an internship to develop their professional network prior to graduation.