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.

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.

The Maxwell School at Syracuse University (NY) Washington Semester Program

May 16, 2014

The Maxwell School's Washington Semester Program puts students in the midst of some of the most important institutions, processes, and policy makers in the world. Students in The College of Arts and Sciences prepare for the global workplace and for post-baccalaureate and professional programs through a contemporary liberal arts curriculum that focuses on interdisciplinary learning, research, service, and enterprise.

Offered in both fall and spring semesters, the Washington Semester Program is open to qualified undergraduates in any major whose GPA is at least 3.0. PSC 124 (or PSC 139) International Relations is strongly recommended, but not required. The 15-credit program consists of four courses and an internship, all offered in Washington, D.C. SU financial aid packages travel with you, and there is no need to transfer credits back to SU upon your return.

South Dakota State University (SD) International Graduates Celebrate ...

May 15, 2014

Forty-seven South Dakota State University international graduates celebrated their accomplishments and were honored in colorful fashion at the second annual SDSU Sash Ceremony May 9 at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center. The Office of International Affairs awarded each international graduate a sash honoring his/her home country in the presence of faculty, friends and family.

“The best way to continue to attract quality students is to treat our current students well,” said Greg Wymer, manager of international students and scholars. “The SDSU Sash Ceremony, in particular, is important to SDSU because it leaves a lasting impression on the international students as they leave the university.”

Gibril Vandy of Sierra Leone, a 2014 international graduate, gave the ceremony’s student address.

Students were recognized and came forward to receive their sash from President David L. Chicoine. Sashes were also allowed as a special honor at the 2014 SDSU Commencement the following day, highlighting the SDSU international student population.

More than 80 countries are currently represented within the SDSU student population. To view more photos of the 2014 Sash Ceremony, visit

Foreign Students Adapt to Rigors of US Naval Academy

April 30, 2014

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:

Winona State University (MN) Opening of English Language Center in Bemidji

April 28, 2014

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

International Students Learn Film Production in Hollywood

April 25, 2014

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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University of Baltimore (MD) Introduces New Finish4Free Program

March 27, 2014

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 (CO) Plans to Open BridgePathways Center

March 24, 2014

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.

South Dakota State University (SD) Hosts Colorful African Cultural Event

March 17, 2014

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

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

Western Washington University (WA) Hosts Global Gourmets Dinner

March 12, 2014

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 (WI) New Bachelor of Science in Animal Behavior

March 7, 2014

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.