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          International student session to debut during 2010 orientation

          Sage Schaff

          Issue date: 4/23/10 Section: News
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          Imagine arriving in a foreign country where you will be spending at least the next four years in college. You have never seen your school or city before. Among other concerns, you have no bank account, no cell phone, and no means of transportation. By the way, classes start in five days.

          Case Western Reserve University's administration and orientation leaders are hoping to relieve future international students of these worries. This is because of the biggest addition to the orientation process: a four-day session dedicated entirely to incoming international students. The International Student Orientation (ISO) is slated for Aug. 13-16, with the traditional August summer session following from the 16-18.

          Kate Kraus, chair of the planning committee behind this development, said that the session aims to serve as an adjustment period. In previous years, incoming students from around the world "would literally get off the plane" and rush right into the August summer session.

          However, with the new schedule, students will have four days, not including the two designated arrival days, to become acclimated to Cleveland. That includes doing important things like learning how classes in the United States are conducted, how to use the RTA, and how to open and manage a bank account at an area bank. Kraus also emphasized the little things that were overlooked in past years, like recovering from jet lag and getting a feel for Ohio's climate.

          Talk of developing the ISO originated in focus groups run by the SAGES program, which pushed for better accommodations for CWRU's most diverse student group. Though most international students normally attended the August summer session, their rapidly growing population in CWRU showed a clear necessity for a new session.

          Mayo Bulloch, director of Educational Enhancement Programs, highlighted last year's dramatic increase of incoming freshmen from other countries as a driving factor for creating the ISO. She also praised the new session for better allowing the incoming international students to deal with culture shock.
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            Balwinder Singh

            posted 4/27/10 @ 7:09 AM EST

            plese send me full information thank you

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            elenco aziende

            posted 5/17/10 @ 9:04 PM EST

            relieve future international students of these worries?
            I am one of them. I hope so.

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            • A Conversation with Caroline Goulding
            • Don't blow it all at once: financial tips for recent graduates
            • International student session to debut during 2010 orientation
            • Name That Place - 4/23/2010
            • Relay For Life raises $76,000, short of goal but not short of spirit
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            • What Now?
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            • Letter to the Editor: Straight Answers to Questions about Greek Life Funding
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