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INTO UAB celebrates center’s grand opening

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INTO UAB celebrates center’s grand opening

After months of anticipation, INTO employees and students have finally relocated to the new INTO UAB Center on the second floor of Mervyn Sterne Library – right in the heart of the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus.

After months of anticipation, INTO employees and students have finally relocated to the new INTO UAB Center on the second floor of Mervyn Sterne Library – right in the heart of the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus. “The opening of the center is a celebration - of collaboration to create a more global community at UAB; of the growing population of international students on campus; and of how welcoming the UAB community has been to these students,” said INTO UAB Executive Director David Hofmann. The center will form a global resources hub for all international students and scholars at UAB, as services such as academic preparation, English language training, immigration support, admissions, recruitment and st… Read the full article
After months of anticipation, INTO employees and students have finally relocated to the new INTO UAB Center on the second floor of Mervyn Sterne Library – right in the heart of the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus.

“The opening of the center is a celebration - of collaboration to create a more global community at UAB; of the growing population of international students on campus; and of how welcoming the UAB community has been to these students,” said INTO UAB Executive Director David Hofmann.

The center will form a global resources hub for all international students and scholars at UAB, as services such as academic preparation, English language training, immigration support, admissions, recruitment and student services can now be found there.

The center houses 14 classrooms equipped with a projector and BrightLink touch-enabled white boards, document cameras and air-media devices that allow teachers and students to use mobile devices to create a collaborative learning environment.

A Learning Resource Center that supports all international students at UAB is also located in the space. The LRC provides services including coursework assistance, one-on-one and group tutoring, technology resources and independent study areas. Workshops are also offered on topics such as understanding the consequences of plagiarism, using library research tools and aspects of US culture.

The center is home to the INTO UAB staff and faculty offices, as well as the UAB International Student and Scholar Services office. Staff, faculty and students can use the center’s two conference rooms, enclosed meeting rooms and student lounge for private or group meetings. A multi-faith prayer room in the center is available to all members of the campus community.

“I love the new space on the second floor of Sterne Library. It's a great place to study, relax and have fun and it was a great place to be during exams,” said Shruthi Yarram, a Biotechnology Pathway student from India. “The student kitchen makes it feel like home and having the classrooms adjacent to the LRC makes it easier for students to use their time efficiently.”

The Center is an integral part of meeting the University’s goal of establishing a presence around the world, while bringinig the world to UAB. “It’s a proud accomplishment, in terms of both the campus experience we provide these international students, and the richness these students bring to that campus experience,” said UAB President Ray L Watts. “This new center will be an excellent resource for our INTO UAB students and staff, as well as our entire university, because this program is important to the overall UAB student experience.”

Visit the Facebook page to view photos of the new center. 

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Graduate students get a taste of academic life at Manchester conference

INTO Manchester recently had another great success with the Fourth Annual GD Con 2017 - a conference for Pre-Masters Programme (PMP) and Graduate Diploma (GD) students, held in the lovely surroundings of Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. INTO Manchester Research Methods Tutors Jen Magson and Debbie Lea created the annual conference to help prepare their PMP students for post-graduate study by giving them the opportunity to practice their academic skills in presentations and posters, and to take part in a common authentic academic activity. This year, for the second time, Senior Lecturer and International Progression Manager and the Manchester Met link tutor for INTO Manchester Florencia Franceschina invited the organisers to hol… Read the full article
INTO Manchester recently had another great success with the Fourth Annual GD Con 2017 - a conference for Pre-Masters Programme (PMP) and Graduate Diploma (GD) students, held in the lovely surroundings of Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.

INTO Manchester Research Methods Tutors Jen Magson and Debbie Lea created the annual conference to help prepare their PMP students for post-graduate study by giving them the opportunity to practice their academic skills in presentations and posters, and to take part in a common authentic academic activity.

This year, for the second time, Senior Lecturer and International Progression Manager and the Manchester Met link tutor for INTO Manchester Florencia Franceschina invited the organisers to hold the event in the academic setting of the Manchester Met Business School building.

The conference featured presentation sessions in the morning and afternoon, a lunch break and a poster session. This year’s closing plenary session was delivered by guest speaker Dr Stephen Buzdugan of Manchester Met, who gave a talk entitled The Fragility of Emerging Economies, followed by prize-giving. The conference was a great way for students to refine their presentation and poster-writing skills, and to spend time talking, listening to, and answering questions from visitors.

Although the academic staff were present to support the conference, the real work of organising it was done by the Student Conference Management Committee - a group of eight PMP students from INTO Manchester who took charge of every aspect of the event, including designing the programme, marketing, logistics, catering and on-site management on the day. This year’s committee consisted of Charles, Christina, Winnie, Arisa, Nilam, Mina, Bonnie and Mohamad.

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INTO Mason students share their research at symposium

After 15 weeks of research, preparation and practice, over 80 INTO George Mason University Graduate Pathway students presented their specialized research projects to faculty, peers and administrators at the 2017 International Graduate Student Multidisciplinary Symposium. INTO Mason’s unique English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes require students to conduct a semester-long research project. During the EAP composition and linguistics courses, students work closely with faculty to strengthen their English speaking and writing skills The symposium gives students a platform to showcase both their subject-specific research projects, and their English language skills. Students begin their projects by reading academic articles to help them find a concept or special… Read the full article
After 15 weeks of research, preparation and practice, over 80 INTO George Mason University Graduate Pathway students presented their specialized research projects to faculty, peers and administrators at the 2017 International Graduate Student Multidisciplinary Symposium.

INTO Mason’s unique English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes require students to conduct a semester-long research project. During the EAP composition and linguistics courses, students work closely with faculty to strengthen their English speaking and writing skills The symposium gives students a platform to showcase both their subject-specific research projects, and their English language skills.

Students begin their projects by reading academic articles to help them find a concept or specialty they would like to explore further. After choosing a topic, they spend weeks researching and developing a paper and an informative poster for their symposium presentation, during which they must be prepared to answer any questions from the Mason community about their projects. 

“It’s important to help students see themselves as international scholars, and not just English language learners,” said, Mason EAP Term Associate Professor and Course Coordinator Anna Habib. “We want them to know that they are contributing to this community, and that we value those contributions.”

This year’s projects focused on all areas of discipline - from using mobile technology to create awareness of chronic diseases in developing countries, to the comparison between teenage athletes in China and America,.

Manlin Zhang (pictured), a student from China, is planning to progress from the pathway program to a degree from the Schar School of Policy and Government. She presented her study on the impact of cyber bullying among middle and high school students, and how American educational policies are addressing this issue.

“During this project, I found that I needed to improve things,” said Manlin. “It has trained me in academic writing. Before this, I never thought I could speak to so many people in public, especially the native speakers. I was really nervous at first, but now I’m used to this, and I’ve gained confidence. This is my project and I’m proud of it.”

During the symposium, INTO Mason faculty and staff strive to provide an environment that closely simulates the professional conferences that students will attend later in their careers.

INTO Mason Academic Director Nicole Sealey sees this as just the beginning of students’ successful professional journeys. “These students will have many opportunities throughout their programs to share with others the new information and new knowledge that they’re exploring - to push the boundaries of where their degree studies are headed,” she said.

Visit Youtube to watch a video on the symposium.  

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International students get in the game at OSU

Everyone who works at INTO Oregon State University (OSU), knows that international students who engage with their peers have an easier time adjusting to American culture, feel less homesick, and develop English skills more quickly. To help students discover some of the many ways that they can engage with the campus community, INTO OSU hosts a Student Enrichment Day every academic quarter. This quarter, INTO OSU collaborated with the OSU Athletics Department and Dixon Recreation Center to introduce Academic English, General English, and Pathway students to ‘Sports at Beaver Nation.’ Students participated in a presentation from Athletics and Dixon Rec, during which representatives gave an overview of the many ways to get inv… Read the full article
Everyone who works at INTO Oregon State University (OSU), knows that international students who engage with their peers have an easier time adjusting to American culture, feel less homesick, and develop English skills more quickly.

To help students discover some of the many ways that they can engage with the campus community, INTO OSU hosts a Student Enrichment Day every academic quarter. This quarter, INTO OSU collaborated with the OSU Athletics Department and Dixon Recreation Center to introduce Academic English, General English, and Pathway students to ‘Sports at Beaver Nation.’

Students participated in a presentation from Athletics and Dixon Rec, during which representatives gave an overview of the many ways to get involved in athletics on campus. These presentations were followed by a scavenger hunt of key sporting locations at OSU such as Reser Stadium, Gill Coliseum, Whyte Track and Paul Lorenz Soccer Field, and at other locations including Dixon Recreation Center, Student Legacy Park and McAlexander Fieldhouse.

The scavenger hunt involved students being given a flyer detailing locations , each with a corresponding activity next to an empty check-box. After checking off a task at one location participants had to hunt down the next one.

The activities encouraged students to try out new sports at each location and included things like shooting a basketball at Gill Coliseum, kicking a field goal with Benny the Beaver at Reser Staduim, and scoring a goal on the Lorenz soccer field. Students also had a chance to meet some of OSU’s athletes and the University mascot, Benny the Beaver.

The event was a great success, as afterwards, several students expressed an interested in joining an intramural sports team, and engaging in Beaver Nation sports!

For more photos from the event please visit the INTO OSU Facebook page. 

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Global citizens share their INTO Exeter experience

Now in its seventh year, The University of Exeter’s International Student Ambassador Team continues to play a key role in the experience of INTO Exeter students. The team is made up of the 25 of the brightest and the best of INTO’s successful progressors. This diverse group enhances beyond measure the lives of current INTO Exeter students by, among other things, being available at all progression events to speak to them about what moving on to the University is really like. The team of Ambassadors is managed by the University’s Progression Officer, and has such an impact on current INTO Exeter students that many are keen to join the team as soon as the… Read the full article
Now in its seventh year, The University of Exeter’s International Student Ambassador Team continues to play a key role in the experience of INTO Exeter students.

The team is made up of the 25 of the brightest and the best of INTO’s successful progressors. This diverse group enhances beyond measure the lives of current INTO Exeter students by, among other things, being available at all progression events to speak to them about what moving on to the University is really like.

The team of Ambassadors is managed by the University’s Progression Officer, and has such an impact on current INTO Exeter students that many are keen to join the team as soon as they progress.

To date, 33 students have already expressed an interest in becoming Ambassadors in September 2017 – even before the recruitment process has officially begun! It seems word has got round, and no-one wants to want to miss out on this exciting chance to be part of an elite group that shares its world-class student experience with such energy, enthusiasm and ambition. 

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