It’s the year of the rooster, and Penn State York is celebrating Chinese New Year from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 with a variety of activities, food and more. The festivities, which will take place in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building, are free and open to the public.
Penn State continues a strong standing as one of the top 25 institutions hosting international students in 2014-15, with 7,728 students at the University Park campus, in addition to several more thousand across the Commonwealth, according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) annual Open Doors report.
In high school, Xiaoying “Eva” Zhou spent a week living with an American family in Pittsburgh. Upon returning to her home in Shanghai, Zhou immediately began hatching a plan to attend an American university. She chose Penn State.
The ground floor of Deike Building will be transformed into a showcase of cultures from around the world at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 15, at the second annual International Culture Night. Hosted by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ (EMS) Ryan Family Student Center and organized by EMS students, the free event offers opportunities for the public to sample international foods, see performances and learn about different cultures.
International students in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State have a variety of opportunities to get involved with the college and University. Nimisha Thakur is an academic adviser in the college who works primarily with international students. Her work has led to a number of community building and professional development events for students.
The Penn State Greater Allegheny campus is gearing up for the first day of classes for the 2016-17 school year. International student orientation will be held Aug. 16 and 17, followed by Orientation Too! beginning Thursday, Aug. 18.
As students, faculty and staff prepare to leave for spring break, University Health Services warns of the ongoing transmission of Zika, chikungunya and dengue viruses currently circulating in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and a few Pacific islands. While the greatest health concerns from the Zika virus at this time are related to pregnancy, chikungunya and dengue can cause significant illness in many who contract the virus.
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences is hosting its first-ever International Culture Night from 5:45 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 15. The event is designed to welcome all international Penn State students, regardless of major. Attendees can sample a variety of appetizers from local international food retailers, see performances by members from cultural student organizations, and meet with students from an array of cultural backgrounds. The event is free and open to the public.
This fall, Penn State Berks will welcome its largest class of international students. Ninety-six new and returning students are expected to attend in the fall 2015 semester, an increase of 25 students from last year’s total of 71 international students. Approximately 30 will be new incoming freshmen.
Craig Miranda, a first-year computer science major at Penn State Behrend and Kuwait native, spent this winter break with his brother in Washington, D.C.
Craig Miranda has experienced plenty during his first semester in America. He’s seen snow for the first time, traveled to New York City and even started his own musical performing club at Penn State Behrend. Last week, the first-year computer science major experienced something new: the dreaded all-nighter.
Moustafa Elhadary will leave to return to Dubai after completing his first semester at Penn State Behrend on Dec. 21. He's in for some long, uncomfortable and boring plane rides, but he could not be more excited.
Division of Undergraduate Studies academic advisers Elena Galinova and Irma Giannetti recently authored a book titled “Advising International Chinese Students: Issues, Strategies, and Practices” to educate the advising community about this special population and to contribute to discussions about related advising strategies and institutional reforms.
Penn State hosts one of the largest international student bodies in the country. Now an enhanced version of the Department of Homeland Security’s Students and Exchange Visitor Program website, called Study in the States, will help new prospective international students learn about the University and share their culturally diverse experiences with other Penn State students.