“You Are Welcome Here”

Photo shared by Go Campus student Olivia from France.

Each year, more and more American colleges and universities welcome international students on their campuses. All Go Campus partner institutions eagerly welcome students from around the world, and they have excellent reasons to do so!

A Diverse Campus

Mark Olson, International Enrollment Strategist at North Park University, explains that if everyone in a classroom came from the same city or town, the conversation would be boring. Diversity in the classroom is essential to successful learning. When students come from different background, different countries or culture, the various points of view bring life to the conversation. International students play a huge role in bringing this diversity to colleges and universities.

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Mark Olson shares with us why it is important for colleges and universities to welcome international students on their campuses.

Exchange Experience for Domestic Students

Despite the increase of American students studying abroad as part of their degree, still fewer than 10% of all US college students take part in an exchange program abroad during their undergraduate years. Therefore, sharing the classroom with a student from China, Brazil or Germany might be the only “exchange” experience American students will have with people from other countries. It is a great opportunity for domestic students to develop the skills necessary in today’s globalized world.

Involvement and Leadership

Colleges and universities in the US are looking for students to be involved in the campus life. Education does not simply happen in the classroom, which is why many institutions have created programs to encourage all students, and especially international students who have so much culture to share, to be engaged in campus life and the neighboring community.

Sandrine first became an international student when she was 10 years old and hasn’t stopped since. Over the years, she has studied/worked in France, England, Spain, Switzerland, Germany and the USA. She brings her passion of travel and writing together to inspire students to embark on their journey around the world and discover its many cultures.

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