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Suffolk fam trip reveals best of new INTO partner

In mid-September, a crowd of 106 people from 23 countries arrived in Massachusetts to celebrate INTO’s 10th US partnership and see what Suffolk University, Boston has to offer international students who wish to study in the United States.

In mid-September, a crowd of 106 people from 23 countries arrived in Massachusetts to celebrate INTO’s 10th US partnership and see what Suffolk University, Boston has to offer international students who wish to study in the United States. On arrival, the group – consisting of education counselors, plus representatives from INTO’s Regional Offices and its North American; Governments, Institutional Links & Sponsors; Direct Entry; Business Development; and Executive teams – received a warm welcome, plus information about the exciting events planned for the four-day visit.  After checking into hotels in downtown Boston, which is just down the street from the University campus, the visitors were treated to dinner in several restau… Read the full article
In mid-September, a crowd of 106 people from 23 countries arrived in Massachusetts to celebrate INTO’s 10th US partnership and see what Suffolk University, Boston has to offer international students who wish to study in the United States.

On arrival, the group – consisting of education counselors, plus representatives from INTO’s Regional Offices and its North American; Governments, Institutional Links & Sponsors; Direct Entry; Business Development; and Executive teams – received a warm welcome, plus information about the exciting events planned for the four-day visit. 

After checking into hotels in downtown Boston, which is just down the street from the University campus, the visitors were treated to dinner in several restaurants offering various cuisines throughout the city. The headlines across the following days were a series of presentations by academics from a variety of University faculties, including law, business and art and sciences.

These were interspersed by talks about student life and a tour around campus and student accommodation. In addition, participants were offered a choice of special excursions headed up by expert leaders – a History tour with Dr Bob Allison from the history department, a Boston Harbor Cruise with Dr Lauren Nolfo-Clements from biology, and an Architecture tour with Professor Mark Brus from the interior architecture department.

During these, and other activities, including a Duck Boat tour, a lobster bake at the Barking Crab and dinner at the historic Union Club, the global visitors had plenty of opportunities to meet and speak to both international and domestic Suffolk students.

On the last night, in a symbolic gesture during a dinner to celebrate the new partnership, INTO Southern South America Recruitment Manager Juliana Ambrizi welcomed the first-ever student to INTO Suffolk by accepting a study offer on behalf of the Brazilian student and education counselor.

“My experience was amazing! We had the chance to explore Boston so we can give students and agents a great overview about the destination, what students can do in their free time, etc,” said Juliana afterwards.

“It’s way easier to promote a destination and university when you’ve been there. I’m very excited about promoting INTO Suffolk in Brazil! I believe there is potential as it’s a very popular destination for Brazilians and the university is amazing!”

The new partnership, INTO Suffolk, will extend Suffolk University’s global recruitment potential by giving the university access to INTO’s network of employees and contacts in more than 75 countries worldwide.

For more about the launch of INTO Suffolk, please click here

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Culture and diversity draw students to Nankai University

This September, more INTO China students than ever before arrived in China at Nankai University ready to begin their studies in a country that is fast emerging as the world’s most important up-and-coming education destination. The 39 students, who together formed INTO China’s fifth cohort at Nankai University, represented a 50 per cent increase over last year’s intake. “We are delighted to have welcomed all of these students this year and are very pleased with the nationality mix,” said INTO China and Global Business Development Director Jeremy Histon. “No-one could have thought up a more diverse crowd – as those 39 students were made up of 17 different nationalities, including: South Korean (the largest group, with 1… Read the full article
This September, more INTO China students than ever before arrived in China at Nankai University ready to begin their studies in a country that is fast emerging as the world’s most important up-and-coming education destination.

The 39 students, who together formed INTO China’s fifth cohort at Nankai University, represented a 50 per cent increase over last year’s intake. “We are delighted to have welcomed all of these students this year and are very pleased with the nationality mix,” said INTO China and Global Business Development Director Jeremy Histon.

“No-one could have thought up a more diverse crowd – as those 39 students were made up of 17 different nationalities, including: South Korean (the largest group, with 13), Thai (5), French, American, English, Italian, German, Russian, Nigerian, Cameroonian, Djiboutian, Ukrainian and Indian.”

INTO China employees were on hand to greet the students when they arrived, most of them at Beijing Capital Airport, and ensure their safe transfer to Tianjin. The team then organized a variety of welcome week activities for the new students, plus a Welcome Ceremony attended by representatives from Nankai University senior management team.

The majority (24) of the September arrivals have now joined the Bachelor of Business Administration programme; ten of them are on the Masters in International Economics and Business programme; and five are studying towards a Masters in International Affairs and Public Policy.

“We are very happy with the growth of the Bachelor of Business Administration as, although this programme was only introduced last year, intake numbers are already up 150 per cent. I am especially pleased, as this was the first programme to have been developed jointly by Nankai Business School and INTO China,” added Jeremy.

“I chose Nankai University because it is the one of the best universities in China and I was interested in the Business Administration programme,” said Irina Martynova, who is from Russia.

An interest in diplomacy led French student Valentin Pace-Receveau-Stora to opt for the International Economics and Business programme: “I wanted to come here because the growing economy of China touches French interests, and because Nankai is a prestigious institution in China.”

Others, such as Italian student Riccardo Maria Maresca who is on the Master of International Affairs and Public Policy programme, were especially interested in experiencing China itself: “I decided to come at Nankai University because I would like to know more about Chinese culture and because this University has a very good ranking. I have been impressed by Chinese kindness. They always try to make you feel comfortable.

A friend’s recommendation was enough to persuade Shania Sultan, who is from India, to apply for the Master of International Economics and Business programme: “I first heard about Nankai and INTO China from my friend who had studied in China, so I did some research and found out a lot of good things about Nankai and, as it had the course I wanted, I applied.

“Most of all, a big thanks to the INTO China team. They are a really big help for foreigners, especially those like me who have no Chinese language. They have really helped me to get to know Nankai, and have sorted out all kinds of small problems for me.”

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Chinese movie star revisits INTO UEA

INTO UEA alumna and award-winning actress Jiang Shuying recently visited the University of East Anglia as part of an international campaign to inspire Chinese students to follow in her footsteps by studying in the UK. Known to her teachers and classmates as Maggie, Shuying passed the International Graduate Diploma at INTO UEA and progressed on to the MSc Media Economics programme at UEA. Over the past six years, she has built a career as a successful actress, starring in critically-acclaimed films such as So Young (2013). Shuying visited the UEA campus in her role as official ambassador for the Spirit of Youth campaign. Backed by the UK and Chinese governments and HRH The Princess Royal, this campaign aims to… Read the full article
INTO UEA alumna and award-winning actress Jiang Shuying recently visited the University of East Anglia as part of an international campaign to inspire Chinese students to follow in her footsteps by studying in the UK.

Known to her teachers and classmates as Maggie, Shuying passed the International Graduate Diploma at INTO UEA and progressed on to the MSc Media Economics programme at UEA. Over the past six years, she has built a career as a successful actress, starring in critically-acclaimed films such as So Young (2013).

Shuying visited the UEA campus in her role as official ambassador for the Spirit of Youth campaign. Backed by the UK and Chinese governments and HRH The Princess Royal, this campaign aims to inspire the next generation to become leaders in China and the UK, and to promote deeper collaboration and exchange. During her UK trip, Shuying, plus a film crew, also visited the British Museum, BAFTA and the Shard in London.

After being welcomed to UEA by Professor Philip Gilmartin, Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Sciences, Shuying had lunch at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA’s award-winning art collection housed in the beautiful Norman Foster-designed building.

Next, she visited the INTO centre, where she had lived and studied for a year and where she was greeted by Academic Director Jeremy Moyle and her former tutor Guy Anderson – as well as dozens of students excited to meet their idol.

Shuying’s visit to UEA was featured on BBC Look East and in local newspapers, and caused a stir on social media as excited INTO students shared their selfies with the star. The actress marked her visit by sharing a ‘before and after’ photo of herself as a student and herself today, which received over 100,000 likes.

Guy Anderson, who taught Shuying during her International Graduate Diploma at INTO UEA, said: “As a teacher, it is always wonderful to see INTO UEA alumni going on to succeed in their chosen degrees and professions. It was a pleasure to see Maggie again, and learn how her time at INTO has helped her grow in confidence and shape her career. Her experiences highlight how INTO offers a lot more than a world-class education, and I’m sure her story will inspire Chinese students to study in the UK with INTO.”

Speaking at the launch of the Spirit of Youth campaign, Shuying said: “I chose to study in the UK because of the first-class educational experience provided by UK higher education institutions. But it was also to broaden my horizons. I have always been captivated by British film and fashion. I wanted to experience the culture that produced such creativity and innovation and tour the sites that inspired so many iconic films and writers, old and new. I’m honoured to be part of the Spirit of Youth campaign and to help inspire the youth of China through my experiences.”

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INTO Mason welcomes students with sundaes and scavenger hunts

Nearly 300 students from 28 countries began their journey at INTO George Mason University with a week full of fun social activities, campus tours, informational sessions and more. For any student, no matter where they are from, what language they speak, or what they are studying, one of the most exciting things about orientation is getting the opportunity to meet new people and build relationships that they will keep throughout their programs and beyond. INTO Mason students, whether arriving on campus for the first time or returning to continue their studies, had plenty of chances to do just that during Fall Orientation Week, thanks to the efforts of the student services … Read the full article
Nearly 300 students from 28 countries began their journey at INTO George Mason University with a week full of fun social activities, campus tours, informational sessions and more.

For any student, no matter where they are from, what language they speak, or what they are studying, one of the most exciting things about orientation is getting the opportunity to meet new people and build relationships that they will keep throughout their programs and beyond.

INTO Mason students, whether arriving on campus for the first time or returning to continue their studies, had plenty of chances to do just that during Fall Orientation Week, thanks to the efforts of the student services team.

Orientation week highlights from this year included: the first-ever Ice Cream Sundae Social for all of the new students in housing, a scavenger hunt that took students on an interactive tour of campus, a Mason to Metro trip where students learned how to get from campus to the Metro station, and a visit to the largest-ever resource fair to learn more about on campus services at George Mason.

There was much excitement, too, as the international crowd met together for the first time. China, India, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia were represented, as were Azerbaijan, Mongolia, Bolivia, Myanmar, and Kyrgyzstan.

Throughout the week, students were organized into groups of 20 based on their academic programs, and given group-specific schedules. They not only learned how to set up a mailbox on campus, get a student ID and find their classrooms, but they also had the opportunity to meet their academic advisors and learn more about their classes.

"The best part about working for INTO Mason is getting to see the mix of anticipation, excitement, and a little bit of nervousness on the faces of all of those new students as they experience life at George Mason University for the first time,” said INTO Mason Student Orientation and Engagement Coordinator Kevin Yurinich.

“It was exciting to be part of that transition and to have the honor and privilege to be the first to formally welcome them to what I hope is going to be an amazing educational experience."

In addition to the organization and hard work from INTO Mason’s Student Services team, 38 Orientation Leaders - consisting of a mix of INTO Mason, Mason international and domestic students- were by the students’ sides to answer questions and provide assistance during their first week.

All in all, INTO Mason’s newest group of incoming students started this new chapter in life with lots of great memories and new friends. Take a look at some of the highlights from the week and the scavenger hunt

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