The International Student Association is a group at Creighton University devoted to celebrating and learning about the different cultures around the world, especially those of Creighton’s student body.
The association has members from places as far away as China and from as close as here in Omaha, Nebraska. According to Arts & Sciences sophomore Agrini Boken, the International Student Association’s VP for Administrative Affairs, all International students are automatically members and American students are also welcome to join. The club is open to all students no matter what their heritage, and members share their cultures with each other.
A bridge program to acclimate international students to academic and cultural aspects of the United States during the summer is in the works at Syracuse University.
The program would enable international transfer students and first-year international graduate students to take two, three-credit courses prior to the start of the fall semester. Courses include one class on library research skills and one class on global leadership, neither of which would count toward a degree. Students would also be able to take summer courses offered through individual colleges at SU.
Scattered amongst the different sports at Fresno State, a small group of athletes are living a long way from home. Not from the Midwest or the East Coast, but instead people from other sides of the world, representing the likes of Chile, Germany, India, the UK and Egypt. There are currently 29 international student-athletes on Fresno State’s different rosters, each individual choosing to take the plunge and move countries to pursue the aspiration of playing collegiate sports in America. The U.S. is rare in its combination of academics and sports in college, as more often than not, the idea is unheard of in other nations. With academics being the primary focus at universities, an excelling athlete abroad has limited options to play competitive sport once leaving high school.
Consequently, some eager athletes consider the prospect of chasing a stint in America. However, once they arrive, these international students are often overwhelmed by just how big college sports really are. The high level of organization, funding and facilities is often unimaginable in comparison to sport of the same level in their home countries.
You land in a new country for a semester, a year, perhaps a full degree's worth of study. Not only are you suddenly immersed in a strange environment, an unfamiliar culture and a different time zone, but you're faced with a style of learning that may be completely unlike the one you're used to.
To fend off work-related worries, here are some tips to help new students deal with the adjustment to American academia. 1. Manage your notes 2. Talk with your professor 3. Join a study group 4. Speak up in class 5. Make time for yourself.
For most college students, the process of filing taxes is an unwelcome—though often not overly elaborate—task to wedge in as spring semester’s assignments are piling up. Yet for international students, the process can be even more complicated. That’s why a group of student volunteers from the D’Amore-McKim School of Business is spending Saturdays this month helping their global classmates file their taxes.
Most American college students must fill out the 1040 EZ form, but international students use the more complex 1040 NR form, which requires more detailed documentation and other information than the average tax form, according to Michaele Morrow, an assistant professor of accounting. Morrow worked with Beta Alpha Psi—a professional fraternity for financial information students, to assemble and train a team of accounting and business students who are volunteering time on Saturdays this month to work one-on-one with international students seeking tax help.
Worcester State University is a public institution of higher learning set on 58 acres in the residential west side of Worcester, Massachusetts. We are dedicated to preparing students for personal success, rewarding careers, and effective citizenship in the 21st century.
Worcester State University is pleased to announce that the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will now be accepted as proof of English Language proficiency, beginning with current admissions cycle. Students must achieve a minimum passing score of 6.5. WSU will continue to accept the TOEFL and serve as a testing site location for the TOEFL exam. WSU has a full-service, on-campus intensive English Language institute and a Bridge-to-College Program.
OC’s close-knit community creates a culture where students, faculty and staff go the extra mile for each other. Our knowledgeable professors teach from a Christian worldview and are fiercely dedicated to high standards of scholarship. But their commitment to students goes beyond the classroom. Their office doors are open, and you’ll see them side by side with students at daily Chapel, in the cafeteria, at games against our NCAA Division II rivals, and on summer mission trips.
Oklahoma Christian University (OC) officials announced today that undergraduate tuition will not increase for the 2013-14 academic year. OC's undergraduate tuition will remain $18,800 for students taking up to 17 hours per semester. Average room and board costs also will stay the same for a total price of $24,975. Oklahoma Christian also is continuing its policy of not charging student fees. OC also awards international students: Academic Scholarships based on SAT / ACT scores, International Student Scholarships, Departmental scholarships.
Students wishing to improve their English skills and pursue a bachelor's degree in the U.S. can now come to Northwestern Michigan College. Offering English as a second language courses at a low cost, NMC is an excellent place to start your education in the United States.
We are now accepting applications for the fall 2013 semester for this program and will consider students with all TOEFL scores for this program. Courses for the intensive English program will include English Reading & Vocabulary, Writing & Grammar, Listening, Speaking & Pronunciation, as well as courses toward you major or program of study. Submit your application online before July 15, 2013.
Join the Hobsons Middle East and Africa Virtual Student Fair on March 23rd, 2013 for a realistic, computer-generated environment where you can chat live with U.S. colleges and universities!
Also, you will have the chance to chat with international students like you who are already on campus. Register now and attend the fair to be eligible to win $3,000 in scholarships!
International students looking to attend community college in the United States may have one greater challenge than their peers headed to four-year institutions: housing. Two-year schools aren't generally known for a wide variety of housing options.
"Community colleges are starting to identify on-campus or close-by housing as an important marketing advantage for recruiting international students," says Ross Jennings, associate vice president of international programs for Green River Community College in Washington. Green River offers a homestay program with 400 active families, he says. In a homestay program, international students pay a fee to stay in a private room of the home of a host family or individual. Programs are available with and without meal options. Staying with a family helps the student transition to living in the United States and allows the student's family to feel more comfortable about sending their children abroad, he says.
As the world continues to “shrink,” forcing businesses and communities to think globally, the international program at UWSP fosters relationships that will transcend borders. “When we talk to alumna, we hear about their relationships and how they’ve enhanced their careers and business opportunities over time,” said Brad Van Den Elzen, director of the international students and scholars office at UWSP, which oversees about 200 foreign students on campus each year.
Pai grew up in a city of more than 12 million people, and by traveling to the other side of the world to a small, Midwestern community, he forced himself out of a comfort zone that he could have developed at larger campuses he was considering. “When I came in, there were like, two Indians on campus. I thought, ‘This may be nice.’ I would know nobody here and it would be completely different,” he said. “I couldn’t come here and find a few Indians and live in little India, which probably would have occurred if I had gone to New York or Australia.
The International Student Association at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott campus offered cultural delights to all during their 14th Annual International Festival on Saturday. Students enrolled at the school created a feast of homemade delicacies from their home countries for those in attendance, treating hungry stomachs to a cultural "food passport."
"We feature the international flavor of our campus at the festival. We have 140 international students that are here on visas, but we have a lot more that have diverse cultures, that may be U.S. citizens. They also participate," Parris said. "The event is open to students, faculty and staff, and also to the community to enjoy all the different cultures and the diversity our students provide here." Approximately 9 percent of the school's students hail from another country, Parris said, adding that, "We've had up to 400 attend these festivals in the past".
A new club on campus is aiming to link the gaps between international students and their American counterparts. Buddies Without Borders is a program that matches international and American students to promote bonding through interests, working with one another and bridging cultures together, according to the BWB website.
There are many benefits to being associated with BWB, members said. One can gain a close friendship with another person who has things in common with them. Conversation skills and cultural knowledge are expanded with being in the group. Also, one could participate in the Leadership Certificate program.
More than 150 international students representing over 30 countries are represented at the International street food bazaar. Many complete the finishing touches just in time. Students like Zaazaa."You cook your own food and you're proud of your own country..."It's a showcase, you show your own traditional food and clothes and everything so, it's really fun," says Zaazaa.
In addition to food, international students also sold clothing and performed traditional music and dance.
Life in the South has been markedly different from the rest of the country even before the introduction of the Mason-Dixon Line. As Theresa Crupi, a 20-year-old New York native, said, “Louisiana is unlike any other place in the country. Louisiana is southern, but is unique even in the South.”
In fall 2012, 15 percent of the nearly 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at LSU were from out of state, and 5 percent were from another country. That means a fifth of the student body is in the process of acclimating to this culture. International students have the opportunity to do so through the International Hospitality Foundation (IHF) at LSU, which concentrates its efforts into a Friendship Host program. Executive Director Virginia Grenier said the purpose of the nonresidential program is “friendship and intercultural understanding.”