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Office of International Students & Scholars
The Office of International Students & Scholars strives to provide high quality services and support to students and scholars from around the world. Currently, over 500 international students and scholars representing over 60 countries are studying at the University of St. Thomas.
OISS staff members are proud to advocate on behalf of international students and scholars at St. Thomas and in the community. OISS co-leads an International Student Retention Group to help minimize barriers for international students and enhancing their success. Starting fall 2016, OISS will lead an International Student Advisory Board for the Division of Student Affairs staff in order for staff on campus to better understand the international student experience at St. Thomas directly from the students.
On Saturday, April 1st, the Globally Minded Student Association hosted the 28th Annual International Dinner here at St. Thomas. With roughly 400 guests in attendance, the International Dinner was one of the hottest events of the semester, selling out faster this year than it had in past years. Featuring performances from both students and off campus groups, fantastic food from local restaurants, and the presentation of some well-deserved awards, the dinner was a fun event for the entire family.
Meet Romina, a Fulbright Scholar from Rosario, Argentina who is spending a year at St. Thomas. Romina arrived in September and is almost finished with her year in the U.S. The purpose of the Fulbright Scholar program is to send people abroad to gain a first-hand experience of life in another country and promote understanding among different cultures. This year, Romina was one of 450 Fulbright Scholars from all over the world who came to the U.S. to teach. As part of the Fulbright program, Romina works as a Spanish tutor and teaching assistant, but also acts as a cultural ambassador for Argentina.