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International students showcase their talents at SLU

Every year, on International Student Day, students from around the world, including many from the INTO SLU center, are invited to take to the stage for the Saint Louis University International Gala and Talent Show.

Every year, on International Student Day, students from around the world, including many from the INTO SLU center, are invited to take to the stage for the Saint Louis University International Gala and Talent Show. Nearly 1,500 SLU students participated in SLU’s International Education Week, which ended with several standout dance performances by about 125 students at the International Talent Show on November 17. The multi-style dance team, Wake Up won first place with their energized and perfectly choreographed dance. Wake Up was founded by five female students from China and now has nearly 20 members. Sazón, SLU’s acrobatic salsa team took second place and SLU Shakti, a Bollywoood Fusion dance team came … Read the full article
Every year, on International Student Day, students from around the world, including many from the INTO SLU center, are invited to take to the stage for the Saint Louis University International Gala and Talent Show.

Nearly 1,500 SLU students participated in SLU’s International Education Week, which ended with several standout dance performances by about 125 students at the International Talent Show on November 17. The multi-style dance team, Wake Up won first place with their energized and perfectly choreographed dance. Wake Up was founded by five female students from China and now has nearly 20 members. Sazón, SLU’s acrobatic salsa team took second place and SLU Shakti, a Bollywoood Fusion dance team came third with their dance.

Other performances of note were ‘A Little Princess’ dance by Ziyue Guo from China, and Monika Martinek’s beautifully sung ‘Besame Mucho!’

This year’s event, which was attended by 650 students, INTO SLU and university employees, friends and family, was organized by several student bodies, including: The International Student Federation; The Caribbean and Latin American Student Association; and the ATLAS program. It was also co-sponsored by the Center for Global Citizenship and the International Education Week planning committee. 

The talent show was the brainchild of international student Garvaundo Hamilton, a graduate student from SLU’s School of Education, who comes from Jamaica. “The International Gala began life as a formal international banquet in around 2010, and I added the talent component to it to make it a gala and not a banquet in 2013,” he says.

“Today it is the main way for international students to share their talents and national foods with the SLU community, and brings together domestic and international students from on campus and the wider SLU community. The event helps remind me that I, as an international student, have a voice on campus and an important role in the SLU community.”

Johanes Munua who is from Indonesia and is on the INTO SLU Aeronautics Pathway, says: “I like that SLU has this kind of event. Throughout the event, I realized that SLU really supports people with many backgrounds. Most of the performers were from outside the US, like the Chinese and Korean dancers. This type of event encourages people to participate and, in the future, I hope to participate, too.”

“It was truly an honor to be invited to participate in the talent show as a judge,” says Tim Hercules, Executive Director of INTO SLU. “Year after year, our international students continue to impress me with their many talents.”

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Second INTO Newcastle Architecture Yearbook builds on success of the first

The second INTO Newcastle University Architecture Yearbook offers a fascinating glimpse into the accomplishments and creativity of students on architecture pathway programmes at INTO Newcastle. Each section of the 16/17 yearbook - which is divided into the International Foundation; the International Year One; and the Graduate Diploma architecture programmes - is preceded by an introduction from the Design Module Leader. The highly-illustrated book reflects the quality of teaching at the centre, as well as the range of design solutions from the architecture students, and reveals the extracurricular and international activities undertaken by them during their year at INTO Newcastle. "Thi… Read the full article
The second INTO Newcastle University Architecture Yearbook offers a fascinating glimpse into the accomplishments and creativity of students on architecture pathway programmes at INTO Newcastle.

Each section of the 16/17 yearbook - which is divided into the International Foundation; the International Year One; and the Graduate Diploma architecture programmes - is preceded by an introduction from the Design Module Leader. The highly-illustrated book reflects the quality of teaching at the centre, as well as the range of design solutions from the architecture students, and reveals the extracurricular and international activities undertaken by them during their year at INTO Newcastle.

"This yearbook is an intriguing demonstration of the tremendous progress of the students on the three pathways of our programme. It is inspiring to see their creativity and their commitment towards architecture,” writes Architecture Pathways Programme Manager Thomas Kern in the foreword to the book.

“This yearbook, although just a snapshot of an industrious academic year, celebrates our students' highly creative and productive output and casts a bright light on their future possibilities."

Among the teachers, former and current students present at the launch of the Yearbook was Deputy Programme Manager, Natasha Thewlis. “It’s wonderful to see all our former students again - not just to find out how they are settling into university life, but also to let them meet our newly-arrived students, and give them some insight on what it is like here,” she said.

“The class of 16/17 all worked so hard to get into university and this yearbook really does showcase their achievements. We wish them all the best in their studies and look forward to celebrating with them again when they graduate from Newcastle!”

You can view the Yearbook here. And for more information about programmes at INTO Newcastle, please visit INTO Study

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Student success at INTO Mason: Mi Pang

Determination, countless hours of studying and a positive outlook have landed George Mason University graduate Mi Pang a degree in Accounting and a top job as a staff auditor for an accounting firm in Maryland. Mi’s journey began in August 2015 when she traveled from China to join INTO Mason’s Academic English program. Once there, she focused on learning new vocabulary, and found the help she received through both professors and domestic students in her classes key to her success.  “George Mason provided different stages for me throughout my academic life in the US,” she says. “I took the Academic English class and my English level improved a lot. In the Accounting Pathway at INTO Mason, the difficulty… Read the full article
Determination, countless hours of studying and a positive outlook have landed George Mason University graduate Mi Pang a degree in Accounting and a top job as a staff auditor for an accounting firm in Maryland.

Mi’s journey began in August 2015 when she traveled from China to join INTO Mason’s Academic English program. Once there, she focused on learning new vocabulary, and found the help she received through both professors and domestic students in her classes key to her success. 

“George Mason provided different stages for me throughout my academic life in the US,” she says. “I took the Academic English class and my English level improved a lot. In the Accounting Pathway at INTO Mason, the difficulty is mainly the language. Coming from China, I had a very basic understanding of both general knowledge and English for accounting.” 

After completing the Academic English program, Mi joined the Graduate Pathway in Accounting. She realized from day one how challenging the program would be, and knew she would need to work hard in order to succeed.

Mi began working at various on-campus jobs during her time as a student at George Mason. During her first role as an orientation leader for INTO Mason’s summer students, she not only made new friends, but learned leadership skills. She also served as an HR Assistant at INTO Mason, performing various tasks for the team.

“At INTO Mason, I started to gain an understanding of the American workplace, working environment and corporate culture-  all of which will help me continue my career in the United States,” says Mi. 

After graduating with a degree in Accounting in August 2017, Mi was hired as a Staff Auditor at SB & Company outside of Baltimore, where she now works with various clients on financial information, tax forms and compliance.

Mi says that the support she received at George Mason University helped her every step of the way. She took full advantage of both the university’s Career Services department and networking opportunities available to her. In addition, she began looking for a job early on in her program, which she believes is extremely important for international students who wish to stay in the United States.

Mi has this advice, not only for students looking to pursue a degree in Accounting, but for all international students who come to study at Mason: “Be ready to work very hard. You have to be very determined to start this program. Second, improving your English level is the key to being successful. And the third thing is, put plenty of effort into making new friends. Living in the US is very challenging - you will need help, and international friends will help you expand your horizons.”

For more on Mi’s path to success, watch this video

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Newcastle University London MSc students graduate

On Friday November 17, 50 students from Newcastle University London received their MSc degrees at the historic and beautiful Christ Church in Spitalfields in the City of London. In line with Newcastle University traditions, the graduation ceremony began with a procession led by the Bedel carrying the University mace, accompanied by the Northumbrian pipes. Pro Vice-Chancellor Engagement and Internationalisation at Newcastle University Professor Richard Davies presided over the proceedings, and Newcastle University London Chief Executive Officer Amanda Broderick then presented the students with MSc degree certificates in Banking and Finance, International Business Managem… Read the full article
On Friday November 17, 50 students from Newcastle University London received their MSc degrees at the historic and beautiful Christ Church in Spitalfields in the City of London.

In line with Newcastle University traditions, the graduation ceremony began with a procession led by the Bedel carrying the University mace, accompanied by the Northumbrian pipes.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Engagement and Internationalisation at Newcastle University Professor Richard Davies presided over the proceedings, and Newcastle University London Chief Executive Officer Amanda Broderick then presented the students with MSc degree certificates in Banking and Finance, International Business Management and International Marketing.

The top-performing students from each programme also received an award for Academic Excellence, and three more were recognised for Academic Achievement – for both excelling academically and for making a positive contribution to the wider campus community.

The awards were followed by a guest appearance from John Viney, Chief Operating Officer of AES International and Chair of the Advisory Board at Newcastle University London, who delivered an inspiring speech.

Newcastle University London provides full-time undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes, and is a way for international students to experience studying at a Russell Group university in the heart of the world's number one financial centre.

The Middlesex Street building also serves as a London base for Newcastle University’s triple-accredited Business School and the University’s Continuing Executive and Professional Development programmes. 

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