PUC seeks community friends to ease transition for international students

2013-08-23T00:15:00Z PUC seeks community friends to ease transition for international studentsFor The Times nwitimes.com
August 23, 2013 12:15 am  • 

HAMMOND | Community residents are invited to participate in a friendship program with Purdue University Calumet international students.

As part of PUC’s Going Global initiative, the university’s International Programs Office has initiated a Global Exchange Friendship program. Through the program, PUC international students will be matched with U.S. friends, including community members, students, alumni, faculty and staff members. More than 600 international students attend PUC.

The Global Exchange Friendship program is destined to improve the U.S. experience of international students by helping them feel welcome and comfortable away from their home and native country.

Local friends of the program agree to meet monthly with their international student over coffee, lunch/dinner, movies or other activities.

“We are looking for individuals to open their hearts and homes to our international students,” PUC International Programs Coordinator Brooke Hewson said. “In addition to helping ease the transition into American culture for our international students, this program encourages cross-cultural exchange through friendships.”

Interested participants are invited to email Coordinator Hewson at brooke.hewson@purduecal.edu as soon as possible, or participate in one of the following orientation sessions: 12:30 p.m., Thursday; 5:30 p.m., Aug. 30; 5:30 p.m., Sept. 5; or 12:30 p.m., Sept. 6. All sessions will be held on campus in Room 154 of the Classroom Office Building.

More information can be obtained by phoning PUC’s International Program Office at (219) 989-2399.

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