Fall 2017 - Volume 2, Issue 1

New International Students

On August 17, 2017, the Office of International Education welcomed 14 students for new international student orientation. Seven new international students arrived later in the week and were unable to join in on the orientation activities; they participated in a separate orientation session with the Office of International Education. This year, we experienced a significant increase [56%] in the number of new international students enrolling at the College. An important factor contributing to this growth is the professionalism, organization, and dedication exhibited by Connie Toler who went above and beyond her formal duties in assisting international student applicants with the intricacies of the admission and enrollment processes.

Reflections on Study Abroad

Beth Posey
BS Public Management '18
London, United Kingdom (Summer 2017)

"I had the most amazing time studying abroad in London! Who knew that I could make the friends and memories that I did while abroad. My experience allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and explore the world as well as getting an education. Seeing different cultures and different living standards really opened my eyes and made me realize all this world has to offer. Studying abroad to London and being gone for five weeks is exactly what I needed in my life. I am so grateful for this opportunity and the memories that I made."

Mariaelena Navarro
AA English '19
Madrid, Spain (Summer 2017)

"Studying abroad in Spain was everything I wanted it to be and more. Between the Sunday Market, museums,churros, and enchanting language, my time in Madrid was well worth it. The field trips were enriching experiences that collaborated with what you were learning in class so I had a lot of fun. I took a Cervantes/Shakespeare course and got to see an opera version of Macbeth and a Twelfth Night play. Everyday was a guaranteed memorable learning experience! On my off time, I got to explore Madrid and even took short trips to other countries [Italy, Germany, the U.K.]. Prepare to do a lot while you're there, but it's worth it all!"

International Student Reflections

Learn more about what several of our international students have to say about their experiences at Coastal Georgia ...

Sonja - Germany
Student advising resources
Youssef - Tunisia

Maggie - Australia
Student advising resources
Ashma - Nepal

Celebrating International Education

The College of Coastal Georgia celebrated International Education Week – November 13-17. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education and is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

Students, faculty, staff and community members had an opportunity to participate in several events held on the Brunswick campus and at the Camden Center. Among the activities offered included study abroad fairs and international movie nights; international student-led panel discussions that reflected on their initial experiences in the United States, perceived cultural differences from their home countries and international current events from their point of view as international students; a presentation on the Vatican & Rome through the eyes of an American; showcase of cultures through holidays; international education trivia night; study and working abroad panel presentations; and a "Day of Service" that focused on student volunteering at the International Seafarers' Center in Brunswick.

community service - Student Spotlight

Faten Saker, an international exchange student from Tunisia, spent part of her fall semester volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Glynn County. Among the duties she was assigned included the task of painting the walls and helping mix paint. Community service exposes international exchange students to the principles of community service and social responsibility.

"While doing my volunteering hours with Habitat for Humanity, I learned how to work in team and separate big tasks into small ones. I also learned how to communicate with others effectively -- the best part is how to work with variety of people from different backgrounds, ages, and cultures," noted Faten, adding: "I really think that the work that Habitat for Humanity does impacts a lot of people in a very positive way, and I saw it. While I was volunteering and helping with building one of the houses, the owner was there, helping with all of the staff; she looked really happy and came up to me, and we started talking. She was really thankful to all of this because she couldn't afford all the extra money."

Cuba Initiative

The College of Coastal Georgia was invited by the Institute of International Education (IIE) to be part of a high-level delegation of U.S. university representatives to the Universidad 2018 conference in Havana from February 12-16, 2018. IIE was asked by the Ministry of Higher Education in Cuba to assemble this delegation to represent the U.S. higher education community at the conference. This conference will bring together representatives from every Cuban university, as well as representatives from universities across Latin America. This select group of colleges and universities includes the State University of New York (SUNY) system, previous International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) Cuba participating institutions, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), Columbia University, and other institutions that have demonstrated a commitment to Cuban partnerships in the past. In total, IIE plans to lead a delegation of approximately 15-20 US higher education representatives to the conference. Dr. Victor Vega, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, will represent the College at the conference.

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