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Study at a U.S. Community College Insert Institution Name, Your Name, Title, Department Why Study in the U.S.? • Create Global Awareness • Learn About Yourself • Enhance Academic Learning • Develop Leadership Skills • Advance Your Career • Experience Personal Growth • Learn English My Experience in the U.S. Create several slides here to show your time spent in the U.S. about where you lived, daily life, culture, what you did, and who you met. Insert your own pictures. My Experience in the U.S. Create several slides here to show your time spent in the U.S. about where you lived, daily life, culture, what you did, and who you met. Insert your own pictures. Top 10 Reasons to Study in the U.S. 1. Studying abroad is a life-altering experience! 2. A chance to learn about yourself and be independent. 3. Gain perspective on your own country and culture. 4. Learn English in a country where it is spoken. 5. See the U.S. (or at least a part of it). Top 10 Reasons (Continued) 6. Programs can work with any major. 7. Looks great on a resume. 8. Unique academic structures. 9. Make connections that can last a lifetime. 10. Travel and study in the U.S. are fun and exciting! Advancing Tolerance and Understanding “Clearly, we need to use education to advance tolerance and understanding. Perhaps more than ever, international understanding is essential to world peace - understanding between faiths, between nations, between cultures. Today, we know that just as no nation is immune to conflict or suffering, no nation can defend itself alone. We need each other - as friends, as allies, as partners - in a struggle for common values and common needs.” -Kofi Annan, Former U.N. Secretary-General Global Competencies • Individuals must acquire and demonstrate a number of skills or competencies to be able to live and work successfully in a global economy and a diverse society of people from different backgrounds, cultures and countries. • These skills are characterized as global competencies. Impact on Personal Growth for those Who have Studied Abroad 98% feel that study abroad made them more mature. 96% feel that study abroad increased their self confidence. 89% feel they were better able to tolerate ambiguity. http://www.yearofstudyabroad.org Preparing For Your Future “In the 21st Century, there will be only two kinds of people: Those who think globally and those who are looking for work.” Peter F. Drucker, Writer, Management Consultant and Professor Community College Study Opportunities in the U.S. They exist in the form of short-term summer, winter/spring break, and semester-length courses that concentrate on English instruction, as well as instruction in the humanities, arts, social sciences, natural history, and occupational fields. Most academic courses in the U.S. are acceptable for graduation and transfer credit. Study in the U.S. After Transfer • Students coming from community colleges are able to transfer in the U.S. to a 4-year institution • Recent research on community college transfer performance shows that transfer students typically are academically well focused and high achievers while on programs abroad (University of California EAP program, www.eap.ucop.edu) Transfer Students say…. “Add a testimonial here about what other community college students have said including their picture…” The Future of Community Colleges and International Education • Community colleges have made their mark on "traditional" international education, and that impact has been deep in recent years. • Community colleges represent a growth area in international education, and there is a huge potential for growth in the future. The role which community colleges will play in shaping international education and trends in U.S. higher education will be an exciting one. From The Impact of Community Colleges on International Education, Institute for International Education (IIE) Open Doors Report 2003 Why I Studied In the U.S. Now that students have heard various reasons to study in the U.S., you can help to inspire them and personalize your presentation by telling them what motivated you to study in the U.S. You may offer a unique perspective, or what ultimately made you study abroad might be what a student needs to hear to decide to study in the U.S. themselves. Room and Board • Living arrangements vary from one location to another. Possibilities include university residence halls, staying with a host family in a private home, sharing an apartment, and boarding houses. • In some cases you will have a meal plan similar to those at your home institution. In other cases, you or your host family will be responsible for providing meals. Coursework • Degree programs in the United States offer a wide variety of courses at top quality institutions. • Depending on the program chosen, it is likely that there will be courses available in any major or minor, or courses which apply toward completion of elective or General Education requirements. Changing Perspectives “It boils down to changing your perspective in hopes of expanding your mind. Luckily for me, I was used to changing my perspective like I changed schools. In this sense transfer students are well suited to study in other countries.” Danielle Foster, UC San Diego University of Bristol, 1997-98 Transfer student, Grossmont Community College UC Education Abroad website, www.eap.ucop.edu Where Can You Go? Destinations for Study in the U.S. Over three thousand square miles, the vast size of the United States offers international students many different options for locations to study in the U.S. The United States has both urban destinations in major cities, such as New York City or Los Angeles, but also rural country side for a less fast paced life, such as the Mid West and Southern states. North East South Mid West West Coast There is a big world in the United States Who do I know of who is from the USA? ? Musicians Kanye West: John Mayer: Rapper-Songwriter-Producer Musician and Songwriter who who was born in Atlanta but was born in Connecticut and raised in south side Chicago. attended Berklee School of He was named in 2005 Music in Boston, MA. John Time’s ‘One Hundred Most won the Grammy in 2007 for Influential People in the Best Pop Vocal Album. World.’ Athletes LeBron James is a 24-year-old basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2003 he won NBA- Rookie of the Year award and later played on the United State’s national men’s basketball team for the 2008 Olympics, winning a Gold Medal. Venus Williams is a three time Olympic Gold Medal winner and ranked 6th in the world for her tennis abilities. Born in California, Venus and her little sister, Serena practiced tennis and later both became world famous athletes. Actors Angelina Jolie, born in Los Angeles, is famous actress and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency. George Clooney, actor, producer, and director, is famous for his blockbuster roles and activism for humanitarian aid in Darfur. Getting Started Start planning now! Applications for programs are generally due well in advance. Start by researching the options available by researching different schools on the internet and speaking with academic program advisors. I Studied In… There is a big world of community college possibilities in the U.S. However, certain locations come to mind more than others. Tell students about your experience in the U.S., and explain your motivation for going there to help them better choose a location to study abroad. International Student Programs at Add Your Institution Here you can add information about the International Student opportunities offered by your community college. Be creative! Add pictures taken by students on the programs, student testimonials, and any special information that would be helpful to share with students in order to encourage them to participate. How I Found My Community College in the U.S. Students will be interested to hear what techniques worked for you when you were in the preliminary stages of studying abroad. By offering your experience on this matter, students may be more likely to use your tools for finding a program. To find out how you can study in the U.S., please contact: • Name of Your Institution • Office of Study Abroad • Location • Contact Information Tools for Finding a Program • Home Campus Resource Center: The best place to look for a school/study abroad program is your home campus study abroad office (where available). The staff can help you through the process of finding a program, applying, participating, and returning home. • Websites: List some websites here about how to find community colleges in the U.S. such as http://www.utexas.edu/world/comcol/state/ Leading Community Colleges by Number of International Students 1. Houston Community College System, TX with 4,241 international students 2. Santa Monica Community College, CA with 3,124 international students 3. De Anza College, CA with 2,394 4. Montgomery College, MD with 1,994 international students 5. North Harris Montgomery College, TX with 1,884 international students Leading Community College by Number of International Students 6. CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, NY with 1,602 international students 7. North Virginia Community College, VA with 1,500 international students 8. Miami-Dade College, FL with 1,227 international students 9. Diablo Valley College, CA with 1,207 international student 10. Nassau Community College, NY with 1,171 international students Funding Your U.S. Study • Financial Aid • At many institutions, financial aid transfers to Study Abroad Programs • Scholarships Search for and list scholarships available for international students • Advance Planning and Budgeting Funding Your U.S. Study • The cost of living in the U.S. is less than in the some countries. • Not all schools cost the same - shop around. • Depending on the duration of your studies, the flight there can be a significant portion of the expenses. Student tickets purchased well in advance tend to be cheaper. Reasons For Students From Diverse Backgrounds to Study Abroad • See the world and broaden your experience • Gain a new perspective on your own country • Explore your heritage • Gain new insights and outlooks through new relationships Reasons For Students From Diverse Backgrounds to Study Abroad (cont’d) • Fight stereotypes by educating others • Dispel your own stereotypes • Take control of your future • See what influenced great leaders Questions??? Offer to answer any questions the audience might have on what studying and daily life is like in the U.S., or how if feels to be a foreigner during college, or how if feels to return home to your native country etc. You will want to come prepared to answer questions so consider these issues in advance and how you may want to respond to these concerns.
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