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New and returning international students participate in orientation week

UNCG and IPC welcomed a new cohort of international exchange students during the week before classes

During the week of January 7-12, 2014, UNCG and IPC welcomed 102 international exchange students to our campus, including 55 new students and 47 returning for their second semester. After arriving at UNCG, the students participated in a week’s worth of orientation activities, including information sessions, tours of campus facilities, outings to downtown Greensboro, and social events. IPC staff presented several information sessions on a variety of topics, including academic advising and registration, payment options, maintaining a student visa, co-curricular opportunities and activities, and life in Greensboro and the US in general. Presentations were also given by staff, faculty, and representatives from University Police, Residence Life, Division of Student Affairs, the Spartan Card Center, the Student Success Center, Student Health Services, the Bryan School of Business and Economics, and Wells Fargo.

Lucy Collins (University of Southern Queensland, Australia; left) and Adeline Huffman (Brock University, Canada) get to know each other during a speed meeting exercise

In addition to learning the nuts and bolts of campus life, students also participated in several activities to help them get to know their cohort and their UNCG PALs. All new international exchange students, UNCG student volunteers, and some PALs participated in a “speed meeting” exercise that allowed students to converse with several of their peers for 90-second intervals over the course of 30 minutes. Afterwards, the students enjoyed hot chocolate and continued to mingle and get to know the members of their cohort.

Starting this semester, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) expanded its orientation program to a full day. New degree-seeking students were able to choose to attend one of several of these day-long sessions during orientation week. The expansion included guest speakers who covered topics such as academic support (Undergraduate Education), academic integrity in the writing process (Jackson Library), tuition issues (Cashiers and Student Accounts Office), student health insurance and claims (Student Health Services), counseling (Counseling Center), campus safety (University Police), and faculty and the classroom (faculty from the Bryan School of Business and Economics). This semester, ISSS also introduced the Orientation Ambassador Program, which matches continuing international students up with new international students for break-out sessions as well as ongoing support throughout the semester.

We would like to thank everyone who made this semester’s orientation week a success!

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