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Student Mobility

December 30, 1899

Student mobility, which refers both to the outward flow of domestic students to other countries to engage in an education abroad experience and the inward flow of international students to study at U.S. campuses, is often a focus of internationalization efforts. Orientations, re-entry programs and other support structures and activities help facilitate student adjustment and maximize learning.​


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Institution-Sponsored Education Abroad Programs

Arcadia University First Year Experience

Arcadia University offers a semester-long study abroad program to England or Scotland for first-year undergraduate students. Students are eligible based on academic merit and must be invited by Arcadia to apply.


Webster University Global Internship Exchange

Webster University offers a Global Internship program for both international students studying at Webster and for domestic students wishing to intern abroad. International students are placed in an 8-week program with a company in Missouri while domestic students are placed with companies in Austria, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, The Netherlands, or the United Kingdom.


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Major-Specific Education Abroad Guides

Bellarmine University

The Bellarmine Curriculum Integration Brochures provide information regarding the best time and most suitable destinations for a student to study abroad in his or her major.


Oregon State University

Oregon State University’s Education Abroad Advising Sheets serve as a guide for students in a specific major to incorporating an international experience into their academic program.  Information about specific program opportunities, scholarships, and timing is provided.


University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin created this website to help students plan their study abroad experiences and ensure a coherent academic program. Brochures are provided to address study abroad for specific majors (e.g. government, history, and psychology).


​U.S. Government Programs for Student Mobility
​A majority of inbound mobility programs are administered by the U.S. Department of State. Their portfolio includes over 50 programs including both short-term and extended stays at U.S. colleges and universities. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program supports graduate study, artistry, and professional development opportunities for selected foreign nationals. More than 50 programs and scholarships supporting outbound mobility from the U.S. are supported by the Department of State, the Department of Education, and the Department of Defense. For example, the Department of Defense and the Institute of International Education collaborate to offer Boren Awards for International Study, which allow U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages and conduct research in world regions considered vital to U.S. interests.

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Student Mobility Research

Study of the Educational Impact of International Students on Campus Internationalization at the University of Minnesota (PDF) 300.5 KB

Mobility research project documents domestic and internaitonal student experiences through interaction within and outside of the classroom. The findings show how domestic and international student interactions can improve learning outcomes for both groups of students.  


Increasing Diversity Abroad: Expanding Opportunities for Students at Minority Serving Institutions (University of Pennsylvania) (PDF) 3.28 MB 

The report examines the lack of diversity in both racial composition and institutional representation for study abroad. Key recommendations focus on helping MSIs increase funding and develop education abroad programs for students and faculty.  


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Mentoring Programs for International Students

Global Match at Park University

The “Global Match” program at Park University pairs an incoming international student with a faculty or staff member. This document describes the parameters of the program as well as the benefits for both the student and the faculty/staff.


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​Online Pre-Arrival Resources for International Students

George Mason University

George Mason’s “iCenter@Mason” webpage is designed for newly admitted international students prior to their arrival on campus.  It includes a welcome message, information about the institution and local community, and checklists of required tasks for students of various visa statuses.


Claremont Colleges - International Place (I-Place)

This page provides pre-arrival information for international students admitted to one of the Claremont Colleges. Topics addressed include orientation schedules, transportation to Claremont, temporary housing, and applying for a visa.


University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA)

This page is designed to familiarize students with the US, Los Angeles, visa issues and regulations, the American classroom, and UCLA campus life.  It also lists the specific tasks required of or recommended for international students prior to their arrival.


Pre-Departure Orientation Programs in the
Home Countries of New International Students

Michigan State University

Michigan State offers pre-departure orientation programs in Shanghai and Beijing.  Topics addressed include communications, academic life, support services, arrival planning, financial concerns and housing issues.  The orientation program is conducted by staff from MSU’s Office for International Students and Scholars, with current MSU students also in attendance to answer questions.


The Ohio State University

Ohio State’s two-day pre-departure orientation program in Beijing and Shanghai provides admitted students the opportunity to meet Ohio State staff and faculty, learn about the Columbus area, and prepare for the cultural and academic changes they will face inside and outside the classroom.  Current OSU students attend to assist with translation and share their experiences with incoming students.




Student Leader Programs for International Student Orientation

Georgia State University: Volunteer International Student Assistant (VISA) Leaders

Volunteer International Student Assistant (V.I.S.A.) Leaders at Georgia State University are trained to assist with new international student orientation each semester. Their roles include leading small group discussions and helping with course registration. Both American and international students serve as VISA Leaders. 




Ongoing Orientation for International Students

Michigan State University: Life in the United States Dialogue Series

In 2011 the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) at Michigan State University began a monthly programming series entitled “Life in the U.S.”  Topics covered include health care, immigration, friendship/dating, college sports, and how to navigate the U.S. workplace.


Old Dominion University (VA): Discover America Program

The Office of Intercultural Relations (OIR) collaborates with the English Language Center at Old Dominion University to organize the "Experience America" series. This program is designed to provide an opportunity for international students to connect with Americans through exploration of topics and activities related to life, society, and culture in the U.S.


Purdue University: Perspectives Program

Designed as an ongoing orientation program for international students, the Perspectives program at Purdue offers weekly activities and discussions planned in collaboration with student clubs, campus departments, and community organizations. 




International Student Peer Programs

Oklahoma University: OU Cousins Program

The OU Cousins program was created in 1996 as a way of developing understanding, friendship, and unity among U.S., international, and exchange students at the University of Oklahoma. Through the program, international or exchange students are matched with one or two American students (based on hobbies, majors, and countries of special interest), and participate in monthly programs.


University of Utah: Ambassador Program

International Student & Scholar Services' International Ambassador Program matches globally-minded students who are familiar with the campus and Salt Lake City with incoming international students. Ambassadors help new international students adjust to life at the University and in the U.S. by assisting at international student orientation and welcome events, answering common questions asked by new international students, and providing support during the student’s first semester.


University of Wisconsin-Madison: BRIDGE Program

The BRIDGE (Building Relationships in Diverse Global Environments) international friendship program helps international students connect with U.S. students during their first year to assist with the initial adjustment to the university and to U.S. culture.

Emerson College

The International Stuent Mentor Program matches first-year undergraduate students and transfer students with undergraduate students at Emerson College. The main goal of the program is to help international students fit in the new academic, cultural and social environment.

Oregon State University

The International Peer Mentoring Program is to help student navigate challenges in academic system, social structure, food and life, etc.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

The International Peer Mentor helps new enrolled ndergraduate students through their entire first year at IUPU. Activities include field trips, monthly coffee hours, dinners and holiday parties.

Georgia Institute of Technology​

The purpose of this award is to honor GT international students who have contributed significantly to the internationalization of the Georgia Tech campus and have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills while at GA Tech.

Local Friendship or Homestay Programs

The Claremont Colleges: International Place (I-Place) Host Family Program

The I-Place Host Family Program connects new international students with local families for up to five nights during the institution’s New International Student Orientation program.


Langara College (Canada): Langara Homestay Program

The Langara Homestay program gives international students the opportunity to live with Canadian families while they complete their education. The program has placed more than 25,000 students over the past 30 years.


Purdue University: International Friendship Program

Through the International Friendship program (IFP), a community volunteer is matched with an international student or scholar. The volunteer host and student meet regularly during the student’s first semester in the U.S. for dinner, outings, and other activities.


University of Montana: Missoula International Friendship Program

Through the Missoula International Friendship Program (MIFP), both year-long and semester-long "friendship matches" are arranged between international students attending the University of Montana and local residents, called Community Friends. The program does not involve home-stays, just occasional get-togethers.


University of Southern Illinois Edwardsville: International Hospitality Program

The IHP is a friendship program that connects international students with members of the local community. The IHP assigns each student a host family, offers social gatherings, picnics, welcome bags for new international students, some household items, and in special circumstances, emergency housing.


Language Exchange Programs

Central Wyoming College

Through the Language Exchange Program, an ESL student is paired with a native English speaker from the local community to practice English outside of class, while teaching the other partner his or her native language. Pairs go through a one-hour training, then arrange their own meetings going forward.


East Carolina University

The East Carolina University Office of International Affairs provides a language exchange program to facilitate intercultural understanding in a relaxed atmosphere. The program is intended for ECU students, faculty, and staff who wish to increase their language skills and includes all foreign languages, not just traditional languages taught on campus.


Georgetown University (DC)

The Georgetown University Language Exchange Program (LEP) is a free service provided by the Office of Global Services (OGS) to connect individuals who wish to practice and improve their foreign language speaking skills. Participants volunteer their services, and the Office of International Programs facilitates the introductions.  


University of Pennsylvania

The conversation Partners program is a free program that coordinates language exchange between English Language Program (ELP) students and domestic English-speaking Penn students, staff, or faculty over the course of an academic semester.  The program provides the opportunity for participants to practice their foreign language skills while engaging in cross-cultural exchange.


University of Washington

The University of Washington Language Exchange Program matches English learners with fluent English speakers for conversational exchange. Fluent English speakers can also volunteer to serve as an in-class facilitator in a UW Intensive English class.




International Student Leadership Conferences

James Madison University: International Student Leadership Conference

Hosted and sponsored each year by James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University, the International Student Leadership Conference includes approximately 250 participants from 65 countries and 23 institutions.  Its purpose is to provide a venue for participants to explore and share different leadership concepts in a global context


Mesa Community College: Global Leadership Conference

During Mesa Community College’s global leadership conference students learn about other cultures, discover intercultural communication strategies, practice conflict resolution, recognize different leadership styles across cultures, and explore global sustainability concepts. The event is open to students enrolled in the Maricopa Community Colleges system.




International Student Advisory Boards

College of William & Mary (VA)

The purpose of the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) at the College of William & Mary is to provide advice to the International Student, Scholars and Programs (ISSP) office on issues that are important to international students and that impact the international student experience on campus.


Old Dominion University

The International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) at Old Dominion University provides counsel and constructive feedback concerning the general effectiveness of international programs and services offered by the Office of Intercultural Relations (OIR) and other university departments. 


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

The International Student Council (ISC) serves as a representative body to address all matters impacting international students at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE).




International Student Awards

The Margaret Regan Memorial Award is presented to an exceptional international female graduate student in recognition of outstanding leadership and contributions made to International Place (I-Place), CGU, and the Claremont Colleges.


Michigan State University: International Leadership Awards

The International Leadership Awards recognize International Students Association affiliated organizations and individuals who have displayed outstanding leadership in internationalization of student life at Michigan State University. 


Purdue University: Martin C. Jischke Outstanding International Student of the Year Award

The Martin C. Jischke Outstanding International Student of the Year Award is presented annually to honor a Purdue international student who has helped the University welcome and connect people of all cultures.




Community Service Opportunities for International Students

North Carolina State University: ISSERV

ISSERV (International Students & Scholars Engaged in Reaching out & Volunteering) is a program designed to encourage North Carolina State University’s international students, scholars and family members to volunteer in the Raleigh community.


Purdue University: Boiler Out Volunteer Program

The Boiler Out Volunteer Program at Purdue University provides students with community service projects that reflect its three core values of outreach, understanding, and teamwork. International students, American students, and community members work together as volunteers in a variety of settings.


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