• Exchange Student

    MELHS foreign-exchange students share experience

    EDWARDSVILLE – Leticia Bennasar-Lluy, Elisabeth Adhamy, Maleen Wolf and Renesha Udho-Asnani are four foreign-exchange students for the Metro-East Lutheran High School girls’ basketball team. MELHS goes through an IHSA-approved organization that finds schools willing to host foreign-exchange students. MELHS has used the organization for almost 10 years now, but girls’ basketball coach Rob Stock said this is the first time he remembers getting basketball players through the program. The program allows for foreign-exchange students to stay for one school year at a time. “They work hard and it’s been fun having them,” Stock said. “It gives us as coaches and the team, in general, a different view on things. We’ve…

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  • Education

    ‘All students matter’ should not become education’s mantra

    In 1975, Congress passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which promised full funding for special education — a pledge that has never been met. This month, the Senate punted down the road an historic opportunity to move us closer to fulfilling that promise, choosing to try and finalize a new budget in the next two and a half months. This continual trend of sidelining students with learning disabilities is encapsulated in a simple mantra that’s been spreading: “All students matter.” “All students matter” has been shouted on the streets and tweeted as a rallying cry for “fairness.” Even more concerning, I’ve heard of learning disabilities nonprofits changing their…

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    The Wesleyan Argus | An Enriching Experience: Exchange Students Reflect on Time at Wesleyan

    c/o Aiden Malanaphy, Senior Staff Photographer The pandemic not only prevented students from traveling through the University’s study abroad program, but also inhibited foreign exchange students from coming to Middletown. During the 2020-2021 academic year, international students had trouble obtaining visas and hesitated to travel due to COVID-19. As a result, the University hosted only one undergraduate exchange student and no foreign language teaching assistants (FLTAs), who are usually graduate students. This semester, there are about 12 FLTAs on campus and four undergraduate exchange students.  While the University hired FLTAs to work remotely for the 2020-2021 academic year, they could not hold as many casual conversations and social events as they usually can. Director…

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    USC must take more initiative to guide outgoing exchange students

    (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan file photo) Last semester, USC opened its applications for incoming exchange students from international universities via the Annenberg International Program and Marshall International Exchange Program. However, following international schools canceling their exchange programs because of their countries’ uncertain coronavirus situations, few students were able to participate in the programs. Although the pandemic has somewhat subsided in the United States, many students still decline its outgoing exchange offer because of the 14 — even 21 in some cases — days of required hotel quarantine upon arrival. I am one of the students who was able to come to USC through the Annenberg International Program. After none…

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    Exchange program offers students opportunity to grow | News

    Portugal, Germany, Spain and Montenegro are the countries represented by this year’s exchange students at Centennial High School (CHS).  One thing the students have in common is that they were inspired to study in the U.S. either by the movies or their friends.  It’s long been a tradition to have exchange students at Centennial High School through programs like American Field Service (AFS), International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES), Education First (EF) and Greenheart Exchange.  “Travel and exposure to other people is very important for enrichment and to grow,” said CHS World Culture Club Coordinator Julie Cross. “People have more awareness of the world and an awareness of how other people…

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    International Students | News | jonesborosun.com

    JONESBORO — Students from around the world paired Wednesday up to learn about different cultures and their languages during International Education Week festivities. “It is a great opportunity to practice and learn other languages but nothing too extensive though,” Kevin Berry, student engagement specialist, said about SELL (speed exchange of language learning) at the International Programs Building at Arkansas State University. “This event is set up to pair students who want to study abroad with current enrolled exchange students or ambassadors from various nationalities to talk about experiences of their country or region.” Mallory Yarbrough, director of international programs, said International Education Week provides an opportunity for international students to…

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    International Exchange Students Share Joys and Challenges They’ve Faced at Cornell

    As Cornell reopened campus for the fall, its international exchange programs swung back into action, inviting students from partner universities across the world to study at the University. Exchange students range from undergraduates to graduate students, with diverse backgrounds and areas of study. Students from colleges’ partner universities come to study at Cornell through reciprocal exchange programs.  The application process for exchange programs is administered through the students’ home institutions, and it varies for each university. For Maximiliano Bellino, a third-year graduate student from Argentina whose home institution is the University of Buenos Aires, the process included a three-hour English examination, oral test and interview.  Students spoke about what drew…

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