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Pitt-Johnstown to Celebrate International Education Week

Pitt-Johnstown to Celebrate International Education Week

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     The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is celebrating International Education Week Monday, September 27 through Thursday, September 30. The week will include workshops and meetings about studying abroad, as well as working in an international environment.

The events planned are as follows:

Monday, September 27
• “How to Prepare for an International Career”
Representatives from Pitt-Johnstown’s RealWorld Career Service office will discuss the opportunities of an international internship or career. They will also focus on how to find these international positions. (5-5:45 p.m., Chasers)

• “Essentials-Learn all about Studying Abroad!”
The Office of International Services staff will provide valuable information about studying abroad. Additionally, they will help guide students in the decision making process of choosing a destination. (6-7 p.m., Chasers)

Tuesday, September 28
• “Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs”

Academic Programs International, a preapproved international service provider, will conduct a session for faculty on how to create programs that will lead students abroad. (3-4 p.m., Chasers)

• “How Study Abroad Can Positively Affect Your Future”
Academic Programs International representatives will explain how studying abroad can help in starting a career, distinguishing yourself from others, and positively affect student education and life. (4:30-5:30 p.m., Chasers)

• “Lessons From Abroad Student Panel”
Students who have recently returned from study abroad trips will share their experiences about living abroad and provide tips for those interested in the study abroad option. The countries represented by students will include England, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Russia, and Spain.  (6-7 p.m., Chasers)

Wednesday, September 29
• “International Education Fair”

Study abroad vendors will be on hand for students to speak with representatives about scholarship opportunities, internships, and the specific program they are considering. Passport pictures and application drop offs will also be on site, as well as an information table on the $5,000 Heinz Study Abroad Scholarship for women. Hand-crafted village products will be able available for purchase. (11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lower Lobby Student Union)

• “International Internships – Experiencing the Global Workplace”
Arcadia University representatives will discuss the benefits of an international internship. Pitt-Johnstown Junior Adam Brnardic of Cheswick, PA held an internship with the British Parliament this spring, and will discuss his experience and answer questions. (11-11:45 p.m., Cambria Room)

• “Studying Abroad in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia”
The Education Abroad Network will have a session specifically for those considering studying abroad in any of these three locations. (1-1:45 p.m., Cambria Room)

• “Choosing a Study Abroad Program”
JFSA/Butler University will hold a general session about how to choose the right study abroad destination and include helpful tips on how to maximize the experience. (2-2:45, Cambria Room)

• “Mandarin Chinese- a Beginner’s Look”
Pitt-Johnstown’s international students will host an introduction to Mandarin Chinese lesson. They will discuss the origin of the language, as well as teach common words and phrases. (2-3 p.m., Chasers)

• “The Political, Cultural, and Economic Realities of Conducting Business Abroad”
Attorney and University of Pittsburgh alumnus Thomas J. Rodgers will discuss what it’s like to work for an international company, why foreign companies will be hiring more US graduates, and how students can prepare for that possibility. Rodgers has conducted business in over 22 countries.  (7-8 p.m., Cambria Room)

Thursday, September 30
• “Project: Streetkids International- Empowering Children and Their Families Through Education and Autonomy”

Founders and Johnstown-area residents Kimberly Knapp, Stephen Knapp, and Joanne Mekis will give a presentation on how a local Christian organization works to assist street children in Vera Cruz, Honduras. The organization also works with at-risk youth around the world to achieve a bright and positive future. (6-7 p.m., Cambria Room)

     Through the Office of International Services the 2009-2010 academic year marked a milestone of 20 countries represented on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.  Additionally, 39 Pitt Johnstown students chose to study abroad last year.

     Information on International Education Week is available by contacting the Office of International Services at (814) 269-7980 or by visiting: Pitt Johnstown’s International Service office was started in 2007 as a result of Pitt-Johnstown’s commitment to international students and global education.

    Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 9/27/2010 1:35:00 PM