FGCU Welcomes International Students, Scholars and Showcases International Initiatives Sept. 7
Community invited to 16th annual International Reception
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Florida Gulf Coast University invites the community to attend a showcase of International Initiatives and formal welcoming of international students, scholars and study abroad participants during the 16th annual International Reception 5:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7 in the Cohen Center Ballroom.
"To date, we have had 89 countries represented by our international students," International Services director Elaine Hozdik said. "In addition, a number of our students have studied abroad as part of their educational experience to places such as Bahamas, Brazil, Ecuador/Galapagos, South Africa, Germany, Ghana, Costa Rica, Italy, Peru, Spain, United Kingdom and Scotland. Our faculty hosts several colleagues from abroad each year and engage them in teaching and collaborative research."
"Through our international and study abroad programs, we continue to add to our understanding of world cultures and perspectives through the diversity of our university community. We encourage members of our community who have an interest in international experiences to join us."
Sponsored by FGCU International Services with funding from the Student Government, the event is an opportunity to become acquainted with FGCU students and scholars from other countries or students who have studied abroad.
FGCU will highlight its international education initiatives and its commitment to offering an educational experience with global perspectives. Remarks by university officials and student leaders will be followed by a reception.
"This is a great opportunity for the international and domestic students, staff and faculty to fellowship together with community members and develop a deeper interest and understanding of various cultures and International Education opportunities at FGCU," said Timothy Gjini, International Services associate director for International Services.
A sampling of foods and flags from the students' homelands will be part of the reception. Several local cultural or international community organizations will also participate.
For more information, contact Elaine Hozdik at (239) 590-7925 or firstname.lastname@example.org.