Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Welcoming the Fall 2013 International Students to Campus

For the past three days we have welcomed more than 350 students to our campus from 45 different countries.  The Multicultural and International Student Office (MISPO) is excited to welcome our new international  students to our Hofstra community.  This year we had various activities in which the new students were able to settle in and learn what it is to be a Hofstra student.  Their orientation consisted of an immigration review process and an immigration workshop, necessary for all international students.  Then they were able to attend various sessions in order to understand our campus and know our services.  In order to buy what they need for their new residence hall and purchase cell phones, they were able to go to our local shopping centers.

Our office also hosted our first annual international student reception, in which all the new international students were welcomed to our community by the Provost Herman Berliner and Vice President of Student Affairs Sandra Johnson.  A highlight of the program was the welcome to the students in multiple languages by our international student orientation volunteers. This year, we had 35 fabulous student volunteers helping with orientation with peer mentoring, leading activities, and building community with the group. MISPO thanks them for all their support throughout the orientation—their impact on creating a positive student experience is invaluable.

The last day of orientation concluded with the International Mixer in which the students enjoyed food and the entertainment of our game room in the Student Center.  It was a great three days for our new international students and they are excited to be part of our Hofstra community.

Our new students are from Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Germany India, Iran, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines’, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.


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