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Global FIU welcomes over 90 new International Students!

The Global First Year program at FIU welcomed over 90 new students last week from 24 different countries – the program’s most diverse cohort to date! Some of the most represented countries in the group are Venezuela, India, Mexico, and Brazil. There are some new countries in the mix too though - such as Iran,... Continue reading Global FIU welcomes over 90 new International Students!
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“Global First Year program helps international students adapt to American college life”

"Growing up in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Ky Nguyen was shy and seldom ventured outside of her social circle. Giving a speech in English in front of a class in the United States would have been a daunting prospect. Then she enrolled in the Global First Year program (G1Y) at FIU. The program helps... Continue reading “Global First Year program helps international students adapt to American college life”
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Overcoming Stereotypes…

Global First Year student, Puneet Singh Gill from India, discusses the stereotypes he had about American people before moving to the United States and how those stereotypes have now changed. "When I think of America, the first thing that comes to my mind is the people. In India, people usually have a common thinking that people... Continue reading Overcoming Stereotypes…
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India to America… so many differences!

Global First Year student, Shivani Patel explains some of the cultural differences she noticed since moving to the USA from India to attend University. "Residing and studying in the USA is completely unique. My first week at FIU, I noticed people addressing professors and faculty here by their names. In India, addressing our elders, professors... Continue reading India to America… so many differences!
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Meet the Global First Year Staff: Lauren Van Sant

 Meet Lauren Van Sant! She is the Student Services Director here at Global FIU. Hometown: Omaha, NE Education: M.S.E. in Higher Education Administration at University of Kansas B.A. in English at University of Iowa B.A. in History at University of Iowa Favorite Food: "I really love a good curry over rice dish. A friend from Senegal... Continue reading Meet the Global First Year Staff: Lauren Van Sant
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Panther Profile: Srishti Jaiswal, India

Journalism major and Global First Year student from India, Srishti Jaiswal, shares her Global First Year experience and thoughts on Miami and FIU! Safety at FIU: The campus feels very safe. I am always walking around with my friends and we feel very secure. Also, it is great because things are so close to the... Continue reading Panther Profile: Srishti Jaiswal, India
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Global First Year Volunteering

Global FIU is starting a volunteering initiative with the goals of further involving students in their community, giving them extra credit opportunities, experience to put on resumes and helping them develop a life-long interest in volunteering! Our activities this semester include fundraising events on campus like Relay for Life, volunteering at the campus’ Nature Reserve... Continue reading Global First Year Volunteering
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Guest Post: Ky Nguyen, Global First Year student

During the month of February, we are doing something new here on the blog! We have invited our students to "guest post" and share their favorite FIU/Global First Year memories. Our third guest post is written by Ky Nguyen, one of our students from Vietnam. "Being in Miami for 4 months, I had a few... Continue reading Guest Post: Ky Nguyen, Global First Year student
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Global First Year welcomes 85 new students!

Here at Global FIU, we just wrapped up a whirlwind orientation week which welcomed 85 new students to the Global First Year program at FIU! 16 countries are represented by this new cohort with Saudi Arabia leading the group with 31 students! For many of them, this is their first time in the United States,... Continue reading Global First Year welcomes 85 new students!