When we recognize our interconnectedness and the fundamental dignity and equality of every human being, we help to build a world that is more accepting, secure and free.”—Barack Obama
The International Student community is designed to be a space for people who identify with or have an affinity to the international student body at Drew. Drew is ranked top 10 nationally in enrolling international students and currently hosts about 400 students from all over the world on campus, which brings both an opportunity and a responsibility to the Drew community. We have the opportunity to meet with and learn about the cultures and perspectives of our international classmates. And we have the responsibility to create a safe and welcoming environment for these international students.
Thus, this community’s purpose is twofold: First, to offer resources, programs, and support that cater to international students’ specific needs to help them succeed at Drew. Second, to bring together faculty, staff, domestic students, and the greater Drew community around how to best host international students and to enjoy the benefit of a highly diverse and internationalized campus.
If you are interested in participating in and/or supporting this community, please feel free to share your experiences, provide resources that may support Drew as a leader in college campus internationalization.
Introduction Of The INTO Programs
INTO University Partnership is the world’s leading campus internationalization organization. It collaborates with Drew University and offers various programs for more than half of our international students to get English training and additional support. Students in our Academic English Program take ESL courses full time for a few semesters before they start to take Drew classes. Students in our Pathway Program take a half load of ESL courses while taking regular Drew classes as the other half. Click here to learn more about the INTO programs at Drew.
International Student & Scholar Services
As a key integral part of Tilghman, the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is where all international student advising and immigration document processing happen. ISSS partners with all the other Drew departments to make sure that all our international students have a safe, meaningful and enjoyable experience at Drew. In addition, ISSS also plays an essential role in preparing international students for obtaining work authorization (CPT & OPT) while they are studying in the U.S. Click here to visit ISSS main webpage.
Drew Family Friendship Program For International Students
Drew Family Friendship Program is a partnership between the Madison community and ISSS. The program pairs our international students with Madison families. Through casual outings and interactions between paired families and students, not only do we expose the students to American culture and American ways of life; we also give participating families a chance to learn from the cultural diversity and unique perspectives that these young men and women from across the world bring to our community. Click here to learn more.
Tilghman Executive RoundTable For International Students
Tilghman Executive Roundtable focuses on aiding our international students in their career exploration journey as well as their internship and job seeking efforts. We invite executives from the local Madison community to campus after work and chat with our students in an informal setting. Students enjoy these roundtable events because they feel comfortable to speak up in front of fellow international students and because they have the opportunity to discuss culture-specific topics during the chats. Click here to learn more.
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