Synergia Spotlight: International Student Services

Office of International Student Services info on top 5 countries of international students at UST
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UST's ‌International Student Services office strives to provide high quality services to students from around the world. Currently, over 400 international students and scholars representing over 60 countries are studying at the University of St. Thomas. ISS staff members feel a special obligation to these students who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our campus.  There are a variety of events and learning opportunities during spring 2013 for both faculty and students. 

For more information about any of the events listed below contact International Student Services at or 651-962-6650. They have also prepared a quick tips guide with information about UST's international students and what departments need to know about bringing international researchers/scholars to UST.

CultureLink Tea

Every month, International Student Services hosts our CultureLink Tea Program which entails a volunteer international student presenting about their home country. These presentations provide our students with the opportunity to practice their presentation skills as well as share their culture with the larger St. Thomas community. Culturelink Tea events are open to the entire community and serve as a wonderful way to learn about the diverse cultures our students come from. As a Tea and treats are provided.

Location: Scooters from 2-3:00 p.m.
Dates: February 12, 2013 (Germany); March 21, 2013 (China); April 11, 2013 (Taiwan); May 7, 2013 (TBD)

Join International Student Services for a webinar on working with Chinese students in the U.S. Classroom
Sponsored by NAFSA:  Association for International Educators

Thursday, April 4th from 2-3:30 p.m. | RSVP to Lori Friedman, Director of ISS at

Chinese students encounter many common problems in the U.S. classroom, ranging from issues of academic integrity to building relationships with faculty and academic advisers. This webinar will provide best practices to help Chinese students address these and other challenges, such as English language difficulties and unfamiliar classroom expectations. Presenters will also discuss how to support faculty in adjusting to the changing demographic of the U.S. classroom. Learn from experts who are committed to supporting the academic integration of Chinese students on their campuses.

Presenters:  Jeff Lindgren, Asst. Director, Center for Teaching & Learning at the University of Minnesota; Scott Stevens, Director, English Language Institute at the University of Delaware

Friendship Family Program

The Friendship Family program run by International Student Services (ISS) links international students with local St. Thomas families. Founded on the conviction that we should learn from each other, the program provides cultural experiences for community members and helps international students experience true Minnesota culture in American families. Our goal is to make St. Thomas community a home away from home for international students. This program involves matching an international student studying at the University of St. Thomas with a local friend (a family, couple or individual). Participants can make special requests about matching preferences, but keep in mind our main goal is to have all students who have applied matched with a family. Friendship Families are matched for one academic year and are invited to join ISS for cultural events and activities.

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