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International Student Affairs Overview

Office for International Students Affairs (ISA)

The Office for International Student Affairs (ISA) supports incoming and current international students with their cultural, educational and social transition into the Thiel community.

Our office promotes cultural awareness and connects domestic and international students in order to foster an appreciation for international and American cultures. Additionally, we provide services necessary to meet the unique needs of international students and serve as an advocate for the international student population.

Our Mission

The mission of the Office for International Student Affairs is to support international students with their cultural, educational, and social transition into the Thiel Community. The office is committed to promoting cultural awareness and connecting domestic and international students in order to foster an appreciation for international cultures. Additionally, the ISA office works to provide services necessary to meet the unique needs of international students and serves as an advocate for the international student population.

Our Vision

To develop culturally competent global citizens.

Our Services

  • Shuttle service for all newly arriving international students
  • Comprehensive New International Student Orientation Program prior to the onset of both Fall and Spring semesters
  • Monthly programming for all international students including holiday and cultural celebrations
  • International Education Week in November

Host Family Program

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The Thiel College Host Family Program matches an International Student or Students with a host family in the Greenville community or surrounding area.  All host family voluntarily take part in background checks to ensure a positive cultural experience for the student(s) they are hosting. It is our hope that the relationship that develops between students and their host family will help expand cultural awareness and create lifelong global friendships.

Conversation Leader Program

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The Conversation Leader Program is intended to be 1-7 hours per week, one-on-one meetings between an international student and their leader. Each leader will be assigned 1-3 international students. There are social events planned for students, but leaders and students often take initiative to make further plans if desired. Leaders will describe activities along with the submission of their timesheets for compensation. There will be group meetings (The leader with students) to discuss how the leaders and students have been getting along. The program aims to make transitioning into American culture easier for international students.

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