August 12, 2022

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1st-yr international college students get there to SU in hopes of positive campus experience

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After extra than a 12 months of numerous intercontinental pupils finding out remotely, Syracuse University has introduced hundreds of first-year international students from about the earth to campus.

James Na, along with lots of other global students, wants to make extra connections and broaden his visions in his 1st year at SU.

Na, a initially-calendar year studio arts big from South Korea, enrolled at SU just after he submitted his portfolio and satisfied a single of the art professors at the university.

“It was definitely not an straightforward selection to arrive all the way to the United States, like the fully reverse facet of the globe,” Na claimed. “But I want to fulfill the numerous tradition below and to master from a bunch of different men and women (and) their life.”


Lots of global college students advised The Every day Orange that they felt welcomed for the duration of orientation week, as they had been in a position to take part in on-campus functions and meet new people.

It was surely not an simple choice to come all the way to the United States…But I want to meet the various society listed here and to study from a bunch of distinct people (and) their life.

James Na, SU very first-calendar year global scholar

Stephanie Hua, a freshman diet science and dietetics significant from Hubei, China, mentioned though she did not have a distinct cause to decide on SU about other faculties, she was joyful that she has located a feeling of belonging by making new connections and finding included with many pursuits through the 1st week of going in.

“I seriously favored the get together vibe here at Syracuse. You can make a good deal of good friends and connections below on campus,” Hua stated in Mandarin. “I have a tremendous sweet neighbor as perfectly, who’s normally awesome to individuals, like a dose of sunshine.”

SU’s Center for Intercontinental Solutions has delivered transportation products and services to both of those incoming and returning intercontinental college students from numerous airports, stated Juan Tavares, director of the center. This calendar year, a number of buses transported about a thousand college students from John F. Kennedy Intercontinental Airport in New York Metropolis and Newark Liberty Intercontinental Airport in New Jersey, as perfectly as from Syracuse Hancock Worldwide Airport, prior to and through move-in weekend.

Some intercontinental learners and parents from China also rented a constitution flight with an outdoors vacation agency, and around 280 pupils ended up on board, stated Tavares, who went to John F. Kennedy Intercontinental Airport in man or woman to welcome the worldwide college students.

Stephanie Hua, a freshman at SU researching nutrition science and dietetics, is one of numerous to start with-yr worldwide pupils acclimating to campus-lifestyle
Courtesy of Stephanie Hua

All through orientation week, college student volunteers at the center also assisted new learners relocating in, explained Ze Zeng, a junior finding out enterprise analytics and finance at the Whitman Faculty of Administration and 1 of the scholar volunteers at the heart.

All around 40 scholar volunteers at the heart — such as welcome ambassadors and relationship mentors — assisted very first-year intercontinental students with shift-in, Zeng stated. The student volunteers served with bus transportations from the airports, led campus excursions and designed connections with the very first-yr international pupils.

Tavares and Zeng think such peer mentorship serves a huge purpose in sharing campus experiences with incoming worldwide students and connecting them with the most related campus assets.

“We still have to dress in masks. We nevertheless have to be watchful,” Tavares said. “But I assume we are about the worst. So all the factors that are going to occur are going to be quite positive.”

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