International Education Center Fall events internationalize RU community
The semester-opening drive by the International Education Center (IEC) to unite the global and Radford communities is underway.
On Sept. 16, Radford University will host the annual IEC Study Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Bonnie Plaza. The Study Abroad Fair highlights the excitement and value of international education and the range of enriching opportunities to learn and travel available to Radford students.
“RU students looking for a life-changing experience, a chance to explore the world and other cultures, and to meet new people while earning college credit and enhancing their job search prospects should start with a visit to Study Abroad Fair, “ said IEC Director Paul Currant. “The value is real and the options this year are particularly varied and exciting.”
Radford students have the option to study abroad for a semester, an academic year or on a faculty led short-term program during the summer, spring or winter breaks. There are other options, too, such as RU’s affiliate program providers and studying at one of its exchange programs partners located in such places as France, the United Kingdom, Germany, China and Japan, where students pay the same tuition they do at RU.
Globefest, on Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. at Bisset Park, will bring the RU community together to welcome its international student community in a traditionally American way. Globefest will welcome RU’s almost 100 international students from approximately 30 countries. Sponsored by the IEC, with help from Faculty Advocating Cultural Exchange and Support (FACES) and local businesses, is open to RU students, faculty and staff.
Guests will enjoy friendly games, activities and sports, prizes and picnic favorites and other local favorites, courtesy of the IEC and the 13-member FACES group. FACES, led by Professor of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEL) Betty Dore and TEL Associate Professor Anne Marie Roberts, support the IEC’s ongoing international initiatives.
“A fall day along the river will be a pleasant way to welcome our international students and enhance the rich and diverse Radford community we enjoy,” Currant said.
The IEC will also partner with RU Athletics to host International Night on Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. in Cupp Stadium when RU hosts Marshall for a men’s soccer match. International Night will feature a pre-game barbecue, presentation of the flags representing the home countries of RU’s international student community and performances of international music at halftime. Among the special giveaways will be a passport so a Radford student can start their travels.
The IEC serves international students, students interested in studying abroad and students who seek memorable and engaging cultural experiences. The center also facilitates international programs on campus, such as the Language and Cultural Institute at Radford University.
For more on the IEC, visit the IEC online, drop by the office at Cook 105 or call 831-6200.