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INTO Drew’s first pathway students graduate

Thirty students from INTO Drew’s first-ever cohort of Pathway Program students received their degree certificates during Drew University’s 150th commencement ceremony in May.

Thirty students from INTO Drew’s first-ever cohort of Pathway Program students received their degree certificates during Drew University’s 150th commencement ceremony in May. As the students, who had arrived to study in the US from over a dozen countries, ascended the stage, the rain cleared and the sun began to shine seemingly in honor of their four years of study and success. “I want to take some time to personally recognize all our international students and families that traveled so far to be with us today,” said university president MaryAnn Baenninger during her commencement speech. “Here’s to future friendship, connectedness and a network of Drew students all o… Read the full article
Thirty students from INTO Drew’s first-ever cohort of Pathway Program students received their degree certificates during Drew University’s 150th commencement ceremony in May.

As the students, who had arrived to study in the US from over a dozen countries, ascended the stage, the rain cleared and the sun began to shine seemingly in honor of their four years of study and success.

“I want to take some time to personally recognize all our international students and families that traveled so far to be with us today,” said university president MaryAnn Baenninger during her commencement speech. “Here’s to future friendship, connectedness and a network of Drew students all over the world. We will always welcome you home to Drew.”

The fact that she was closely involved in welcoming and preparing many of the graduating international students to the University made INTO Drew Executive Director Dr Sharon Sundue the obvious person to read out the names of all 300-plus graduates during the ceremonies.

It was certainly a special day for Sharon and all of those working at INTO Drew. “For many of these graduating international students I was their first academic advisor,” said Sharon afterwards. “We are bursting with pride over all of the amazing things our international students have accomplished over these last four years and are overwhelmed with having the opportunity to be part of that adventure.”

Kai Li came to INTO Drew from China after having a rough time at another university and was graduating with a double major in Economics and Mathematics. “I want to thank Drew for giving me second chance at life. I am so proud to be graduating,” he said. Kai is planning to go on to further study at number four globally-ranked university UC Berkeley (US World and News Report). “Drew has really prepared me for the next level. I can’t wait to go compete with the best students in the world at UC Berkeley.”

“When I was in Afghanistan I had no hope. As a woman [in Afghanistan] you just get married, have children and have no real future of your own,” said Nilab Nusrat, who was graduating with an economics major, and a double minor in political science and middle eastern studies, having started her US study journey at INTO Drew.

“When I was nine my father killed himself and I was sent to live in an Afghani prison with my mother. I would say, ‘one day I will study at a university in the United States.’ Everyone would laugh at me and say, ‘have you even ever seen a picture of a US university?’”

Fast-forward four years and Nilab is on her way to a well-known financial firm in New York City, “Thanks to an internship I received out of the Wall Street Semester I will be working in Manhattan for Penn Mutual as a Financial Advisor. I am so excited!” she said.

Brazilian student Marianna Gonclaves Severgnini, an Economics major and Italian minor, will be continuing her international background by heading to Italy after graduation to teach English and Economics to high school students.

She attributes her Drew success to the professors who have become mentors and friends. “Professor Miao Chi, of the economics department, was a great resource for me. She is from China and knows the struggles of being an international student and what it takes to be successful. Now I can’t wait to be that mentor and sense of comfort for my students in Italy.”

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Bright futures for students at INTO City

It was a day of celebration at INTO City, University of London as the September intake of 268 students received their final results. Here, we meet a handful of this year’s highest-achievers. The Class of 2017/18, who had arrived nine months ago from a variety of countries to study there, also had a range of interests and ambitions. Their study choices included International Foundation programmes in Actuarial Science; Business and Economics with Society and Culture; Business and Economics with Accounting; Humanities and Law; and Computer Science; engineering and mathematics. Graduate Diploma subjects taken included Economics; Law; Social Sciences and the Arts; Journalism; Informatics… Read the full article
It was a day of celebration at INTO City, University of London as the September intake of 268 students received their final results. Here, we meet a handful of this year’s highest-achievers.

The Class of 2017/18, who had arrived nine months ago from a variety of countries to study there, also had a range of interests and ambitions. Their study choices included International Foundation programmes in Actuarial Science; Business and Economics with Society and Culture; Business and Economics with Accounting; Humanities and Law; and Computer Science; engineering and mathematics. Graduate Diploma subjects taken included Economics; Law; Social Sciences and the Arts; Journalism; Informatics; Science and Engineering.

International Foundation in Humanities and Law student Anna, who achieved 84.81 per cent overall, said: “I am extremely thankful to all the INTO staff for working with us this year. I came to London with no background in the British academic system, and I found this programme very useful.”

Sijia, a International Foundation in Business and Economics with Accounting student, who scored 88.14 per cent overall, was overwhelmed with happiness when she received her transcript. “I just received my grades today, and I’m so excited. I really appreciate all my teachers and friends. For sure, INTO City, University of London is a great place to prepare for university,” she said.

Yusuf Ahmad, the University’s on-site Progression Officer at INTO City who has been advising students on their progression options and sending out offers to those who are eligible to progress to City, University of London and Cass Business School, had this to say: “It’s so amazing to see the students of INTO City achieving what they’ve worked so hard for! The smiles and happiness I’ve seen today are warming and inspirational.”

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Students are stars of the show at INTO Gloucestershire summer party

The annual summer party at INTO the University of Gloucestershire is always a treat – and this year’s was made even more special by the enthusiasm of the students who were key in organising it. The Summer Celebration party was held in late May in the vibrant bar area at the new Pittville Campus, which opened last September. Employees at the INTO Centre were keen to get INTO students involved in the planning of the party and, after appealing for helpers, two enthusiastic students, Shafagh and Daniela, came forward. Among other things, they liaised with their fellow students about food choices and decoration ideas for the party, and the INTO Gloucestershire team helped turn the students’… Read the full article
The annual summer party at INTO the University of Gloucestershire is always a treat – and this year’s was made even more special by the enthusiasm of the students who were key in organising it.

The Summer Celebration party was held in late May in the vibrant bar area at the new Pittville Campus, which opened last September. Employees at the INTO Centre were keen to get INTO students involved in the planning of the party and, after appealing for helpers, two enthusiastic students, Shafagh and Daniela, came forward. Among other things, they liaised with their fellow students about food choices and decoration ideas for the party, and the INTO Gloucestershire team helped turn the students’ wishes into reality.

The party started at 6pm when the students arrived by private coach. The venue had been decorated in black and gold, a large buffet of food of food was laid out, and all of the students were dressed to impress.

INTO Gloucestershire Centre Director Rhona McDonald started things off with a welcome speech. This was followed by a fun awards ceremony, during which the students presented each other with awards. Next, some more serious awards were presented to the most improved student, and the two top performing pathway students by the INTO Gloucester team.

And, finally, there was a video tribute and photomontage of the class of 2018, which had been produced by the INTO Marketing team. This ‘formal’ part of the evening was followed by several hours of music, dancing and celebration.

“The INTO students had such a huge input in to the party - it was all of their ideas right down to the pizza topping in the buffet food. This meant that they were really engaged and were keen to have a successful evening,” said Student Experience Coordinator Hannah Hudman.

Daniela, who comes from Colombia said: “Organising the party was enjoyable. It was great to share ideas with amazing people.”

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INTO Giving project visit marks Refugee Week

This week, INTO Giving has been celebrating refugee week. As part of this, Fernanda from the INTO Visa team speaks about her visit to Project Hope 4 Greece, an education project for refugees that is supported by INTO Giving. Read the full article
This week, INTO Giving has been celebrating refugee week. As part of this, Fernanda from the INTO Visa team speaks about her visit to Project Hope 4 Greece, an education project for refugees that is supported by INTO Giving.
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