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International student programs make strides, issues remain

Tyler Hoffman

Issue date: 11/19/10 Section: News
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"This is a marathon, not a sprint," associate provost for international affairs David Fleshler explained regarding the internationalization of Case Western Reserve University.

Since the beginning of the fall semester, a wide array of programs for international students have emerged with the purpose of making CWRU an institution that is globally engaged. This includes the recruitment and sustention of international students, as well as opening the eyes of CWRU to a diverse and collaborative world.

Joining the university approximately a year and a half go, Fleshler, along with multiple other departments and administrators, have worked to make helpful programs available to international students. Such examples include the New International Student Orientation, Campus Community Forums, the International Friendship Families program, and the Spoken English Language Partners Program (SELP).

Bringing international students to the university prior to the arrival of domestic students, the International Student Orientation kicked-off the welcoming of foreign students to a new institution and country. "We have to make sure their specific needs are taken care of," Fleshler said. "After all, they have needs that domestic students simply don't have."

Addressing questions from how to get a cell phone to how to open a bank account, the orientation's goal was to provide a support structure for the new students. "For many of these first-years, it is their first time interacting with people outside of their home country," he found. However, this is something that international and domestic students have in common. "It is equally enriching for a U.S. student to have a relationship or friendship with an international student because they come to know something of a different culture," he noted.

Another new addition for this year, a series of three campus community forums regarding international students and experiences were planned for the fall semester. The first, held in September, did not have a specific topic, so students, staff, and faculty were able to vocalize their own ideas regarding the globalization of CWRU and the international student experience. The second forum, held on Oct. 22, addressed international experiences and education abroad.
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