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International Students

Spring 2012 International Exchange Student Orientation

Incoming students with PALS

Incoming international exchange students meet their PALs!

During the first week of January, the International Programs Center (IPC) welcomed 100 international exchange students to campus, including 56 new students and 44 students returning for their second semester. The new exchange students participated in a week full of orientation activities, including presentations, a campus tour, and trips to several local shopping centers. The IPC staff offered a number of presentations during the orientation week on topics such as academic advising, academic and non-academic life, and visa document information. In addition, staff from Campus Housing and Residence Life, UNCG Police, the Spartan Card Center, and the Student Health Center provided presentations, which helped orient the students to on-campus services and policies.

Incoming student

Fatimah Hussain Algudaidhi, a degree-seeking student from Saudi Arabia

A student panel was also added to this semester’s orientation to increase the involvement of the full year exchange students. Students on the panel answered questions about non-academic life, which provided an opportunity for the new students to hear from their peers about life at UNCG and in Greensboro. In addition, a group dinner was arranged for the new and returning students to meet and mingle before the start of the semester. All incoming students also had the opportunity to meet with their PALs (Peer Advisor and Liaison) who will be available to provide information and friendship as the students adjust to life at UNCG..

At the same time, UNCG welcomed 30 new international degree-seeking students. Due to the various other obligations of the degree-seeking students, their orientation was conducted in four hour blocks by Michael Elliott and Norma Velazquez.

During orientation week and throughout the semester, IPC is always thankful for the help and support we receive from faculty, staff, and our student volunteers in welcoming our international students. A special thanks to the PALs and study abroad returnees for their support. We look forward to a great semester!

Incoming students

IPC staff members, Dr. Penelope Pynes and Michael Elliott, with some of the new degree-seeking students

Linxia Wu & Yaoxi Yang

Left to Right: Linxia Wu and Yaoxi Yang, degree-seeking students from China

Incoming students

Left to Right:  Exchange students, Anne Fonslev from Denmark, Tianyi (Sky) Song from Sweden, and Gry Moller-Kristensen from Denmark*


*Anne Fonsley
and Gry Moller-Kristensen are both part of the Global Work with Immigrant Kids (GWIK) program. The GWIK program was established in 2009 to support student and faculty exchanges between European and U.S. universities. The goal of GWIK is to educate new social service practitioners for work with immigrant and refugee children. GWIK exchanges are currently available between UNCG and universities in Denmark, Belgium, and Spain. The UNCG Coordinator of GWIK is Dr. Cathryne Schmitz.

International Students receive International Honor

Beta Gamma Sigma key

Beta Gamma Sigma key

UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics inducted 38 students into the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society on November 28, 2011. Among those inducted were four international students—Anupam Nath, Jussi Ailisto, Mina Yu, and Truc Trinh.

Anupam Nath is from Bangladesh and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Information Technology and Management. Jussi Ailisto is from Finland and is pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration. Mina Yu, an undergraduate student in Accounting, is from South Korea, and Truc Trinh, who is studying International Business and Marketing, is from Vietnam.

In order to be eligible for membership, students must study business at a university internationally accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), such as UNCG, and must be ranked in the upper ten percent of their undergraduate class during their junior or senior year or in the upper twenty percent of their graduating master’s class. Receiving membership into Beta Gamma Sigma is truly an honor since only about five percent of those graduating with baccalaureate or master's degrees in business receive the distinction. The mission of the international honor society is to encourage academic achievement in the study of business and personal and professional excellence in the practice of business.

To read more about UNCG’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, go to: http://www.uncg.edu/bae/bgs/

Previous editions:
- Vol 11, ed 4: December 2011
- Vol 11, ed 3: November 2011
- Vol 11, ed 2: October 2011
- Vol 11, ed 1: September 2011

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