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How Drexel (PA) Brought Two International Students Together to Make ...

July 21, 2014

Dang and Nikiforouk decided to do something positive with their time and entrepreneurial minds at Drexel.

They wanted to start their own company that would use banner advertisements to raise money for charity.

There was a small hurdle to clear: Neither of them had any experience programming games, or any kind of software. And they didn’t have the resources to hire a developer. So they just taught themselves how to do it, over the course of a few months.

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.

Read more at: http://global.rutgers.edu/news/865-rutgers-university-wins-2014-senator-paul-simon-award-for-comprehensive-internationalization

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.

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.

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 chinarep@miamioh.edu

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.

Students & Professor Embrace Cross-cultural Experiences at Univeristy ...

June 17, 2014

It’s a ritual more than one course at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has likely practiced: The end of semester “food day.”

In spring 2014, students in two of UW Oshkosh English Professor Breck Speers’ classes enjoyed what he described as “an international flavor.” While Speers’ spring Advanced Composition and spring interim Business English courses are not designed around an international curriculum or theme, both courses deeply benefitted from something UW Oshkosh prides itself on: A natural, inclusive learning environment where the experience of international students fuels a cross-cultural exchange just as valuable as the course’s content.

How to Handle Money Matters as an International Student

June 12, 2014

It's a good idea to know how different things work when you're going to a foreign country. In the U.S. international students will realize quickly that people handle money differently than in their home country. In some ways, the U.S. is very contradictory when it comes to financial matters: On one hand, few use cash, depending more on credit and debit cards; on the other hand, many people get paper paychecks and actually still use checks to pay bills for things such as electricity, like I had to at my dorm.

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The Ohio State University (OH) "Advanced English as a Second ...

May 19, 2014

The Ohio State University has 48 public courses and 24 public collections on iTunes U that have attracted 2.97 million browses and more than 2.3 million downloads since March 2012. Among the courses is "Advanced English as a Second Language" to help graduate students develop advanced skills in academic writing.

Consul General of the Bahamas visits South Dakota State University (SD)

May 19, 2014

Conch salad and bison burgers are not one’s typical everyday menu items. But it’s not every day that the consul general of the Bahamas pays a visit. Paulette Zonicle, Consul General of the Bahamas, has a taste for the unique and her visit to South Dakota State University did not disappoint. Zonicle recently visited the SDSU campus in an effort to extend collaboration and facilitate international exchange between the Bahamas and SDSU.

“South Dakota State University is an awesome opportunity for Bahamian students not only because of the competitive tuition and the size of the university, but also because of the quality of the education. It is ranked among the top universities in this part of the United States,” Zonicle said. “For our students who are interested in engineering, agriculture, pharmaceutical sciences and nursing, this is a wonderful opportunity for them to come here. It is a smaller town and it is safe for our children. We are honored that the university has opened its doors for our students.”

With more than 700 islands and close to 400,000 citizens, the Bahamas reports a growing number of students traveling to the U.S. for college, with students and parents seeking higher education at a good value. While at State, Zonicle met with several key administrators including Provost Laurie Nichols and President David L. Chicoine. “We would like to keep growing our international population and diversity is the key,” said Chicoine while meeting with Zonicle. “We would like to provide diversity on campus and to provide students an opportunity to learn more from the Bahamas. What can be a better way than having more Bahamian students on our campus?” To bring her visit full circle, Zonicle spent an afternoon meeting six of the seven Bahamian SDSU students with a stop at the Dairy Bar to taste the famed Cookies ‘n’ Cream ice cream. “The good thing about South Dakota State University is that the price is right which can be very attractive to Bahamian students,” Zonicle said. “We can’t wait to get more students to learn about this institution.”

Western Washington University (WA) 'Ask Me Anything About My Country' Booth

May 16, 2014

Western Washington University international students took turns sitting in the “Ask Me Anything About My Country” booth on the Bellingham, WA, campus on Friday, May 16. Passersby asked the students about their countries, their cultures, and their experiences as international students in the US. Organized by International Student and Scholar Services, the goal of the event was to celebrate WWU’s international population and to encourage cross-cultural education on a personal level.

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.