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Visiting International Scholars

Lloyd International Honors College
In London

ITF And Kohler Winners

Letter From Abroad

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                              UNCG Students Study Greenhouse Gas in Berlin

Dr. Jay Lennartson Leads Six UNCG Students To Berlin

Six geography students, led by Dr. Jay Lennartson, ventured to Berlin, Germany, for twenty-two days as part of a service-learning project for a field course over summer, 2008.  While in Berlin, these students joined forces with students at the Adlershof Campus of Humboldt University to create a class mostly interested in the Elm inventory, studying Greenhouse gases, and how they vary in the United States and in Germany.  Dr. Lennartson chose Germany for many reasons, but one particular reason was that Germany is environmentally advanced, so it was interesting for UNCG student to draw comparisons between U.S. and German approaches.  Dr. Lennartson hoped that through travel, his students would learn both about other cultures, and perform a service-learning activity for Humboldt University of Berlin.

Read more about their adventures in Berlin and the results of their project here.

IPC Launches Study Abroad Website

The International Programs Center’s Study Abroad and Exchange program has been expanding rapidly over the last few years as students become more aware of our programs and the exciting opportunities available to them.  Tom Martinek Jr. and Logan Stanfield have been working hard to keep up with the evolving program, the growing numbers of students, and their individual needs.  In the middle of every February and September the study abroad and exchange office is inundated with applications from excited UNCG students wanting to study abroad for a semester or a year. Documents have to be gathered, organized, and dispatched all across the globe.  Tom and Logan have worked hard to streamline the application process and to make it as easy as possible for all involved.  And so it is with great delight that we announce our functioning Study Abroad webpage (http://studyabroad.uncg.edu) designed to be used by students to help them organize and plan their study abroad experience.  From the very beginning stages to the final checking of required documents, Studio Abroad will help. 

Read more about Study Abroad and how it could help you here.

Also in Newsworthy this month:

IPC at Wake Forest University WISE Conference

The WISE Conference at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, took place February 27-28 in the Graylyn International Conference Center.  The conference was intended to help educators integrate intercultural components into their classrooms and to help faculty prepare themselves and their students for their future intercultural experience. IPC sponsored 12 UNCG staff to attend the conference with the intention of building a team of on-campus help for other faculty members.  We spend a lot of time getting students ready for their study abroad experience, but how do we get faculty ready to lead them?  Dr. Pynes was excited to capitalize on the, “academic expertise present at the conference and utilizing it for study abroad at UNCG.”

Read more about Wake Forest's WISE Conference here.

International Students Freshman Seminar Class

Belinda Walzer, a T.A. and Ph.D. candidate with the department of English at UNCG, taught a Freshman Seminar class, fall 2008, which was originally designed as a class for non-native speaking students to introduce them to American class structure and, in this case, to the subject of human rights.  Belinda Walzer knew that she wanted to teach FMS 116-04-N: The Rhetoric of Rights: the Politics of Human Rights Discourse because she is dedicated to both human rights and international student instruction.  Belinda herself was born in South Africa before moving to the United Arab Emirates.  When she was seven years old she came to America. Belinda said, “Teaching is informed by what you are studying and there is a lot of overlap between what I try to teach my students and what they teach me.” Belinda believes that it is important for incoming international students to undergo as smooth a transition as possible into the U.S. school system, and believes that freshman seminar classes are a great place to do it.  The classes afford students a chance to improve their English as well as an opportunity to understand how U.S. classes are taught.

Read more about the freshman seminar class and its benefits here.

New Disney Exchange Students

Over the month of January, over 150 UNCG exchange students traveled to Orlando, Florida, to start their Disney exchange program.  We would like to wish them all the best with their exchange and look forward to hearing about their experiences.

Read more about our new Disney exchange students here.

International Student Academic Achievement Awards

Each semester IPC hosts a reception to celebrate the individual academic achievements of our international degree-seeking students. Certificates and congratulations were awarded to students who excelled in their programs and achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher.  Congratulations go to our high achievers as we wish them the same success in the coming semesters:

Read more about the awards here.


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