FGCU Welcomes International Students, Scholars at Annual Reception on Sept. 20
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) invites the community to attend a showcase of International Initiatives and formal welcoming of international students, scholars, and study abroad participants during the 17th annual International Reception, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 in the Cohen Center ballroom.
“To date, over 80 countries have been represented by our international students,” International Services director Elaine Hozdik said. “Additionally, a number of our students have studied abroad as part of their educational experience to places such as Australia, Argentina, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Guyana, and Spain. Our faculty host several colleagues from abroad each year and engage them in teaching and collaborative research.
“Through our international and study abroad programs, we continue to add to our understanding of world cultures and perspectives through the diversity of our university community. We encourage members of our community who have an interest in international experiences to join us.”
Co-sponsored by FGCU International Services and the Student Government, the event is an opportunity to become acquainted with FGCU students and scholars from other countries or students who have studied abroad.
FGCU will highlight its international education initiatives and its commitment to offering an educational experience with global perspectives. Remarks by university officials and student leaders will be followed by a reception.
“This is a great opportunity for international and domestic students, staff, and faculty to fellowship and network together with community members, and develop a deeper interest and understanding of various cultures and international education opportunities at FGCU,” said International Services associate director Timothy W. Gjini.
A sampling of foods and flags from the students’ homelands will be part of the reception. Several local cultural or international community organizations will also participate.