The flurry of activities in the new school year can be overwhelming for students who are new to NC State. But Fall semester can be even more overwhelming to international students, who are not only learning about NC State, but in many cases, about a new country as well.
Of the more than 900 new international students who arrived for the 2011-2012 school year, more than 85% (unofficially) are here to attend Graduate School. Luckily, the Office of International Services (OIS) sponsors a variety of programs designed to help international students feel at home -- or as close as possible!
Of all the programs sponsored by OIS, a record number of participants enjoy the cross-cultural programs that include American students. Breaking Bread gives international students an opportunity to have a one-time dinner with an American host or host family. The International Friendship Program matches an international student with an American student for a cross-cultural friendship. And the English Conversation Club is an informal club that meets ". . . simply to converse and practice English with native speakers . . ." or for American students to learn about foreign culture.
In addition to these popular programs, OIS sponsors numerous programs and activities designed to ". . . foster cross-cultural exchange within the campus and Triangle communities." There are a variety of activities for students, as well as their families and other visiting scholars.
OIS -- both office and web site -- also provides resources to help international students and scholars. So, if you are new to NC State and new to the U.S., take a look at the OIS web page. Or better yet, stop by for a visit! And if you are an American student, OIS would be more than happy to have you dedicate some of your time to helping some of your international colleagues.
If you would like to participate in any of the OIS programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact:
Office of International Services
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