With so many new and returning international students at NC State this fall, we want to let everyone know that you will always be welcome and have a home on campus. Your contributions to teaching, research, learning and service make our university a truly great institution and one with the ability to reach people here in North Carolina and around the world. Please listen to Chancellor Woodson’s message about your importance to NC State.
Your peers come from all over the world and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and unique life and educational experiences. Here’s a little more information on students coming/returning to campus for the 2017-2018 academic year:
- The Office of International Services welcomes over 900 new international graduate students and approximately 250 new undergraduate students who start degree programs this semester. In regard to international student enrollment, NC State ranks No. 1 among North Carolina universities and is consistently ranked among the top 40 universities nationwide.
- Our Study Abroad Office welcomes 87 new exchange students from 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. These students, coming from NC State’s partner universities, will take classes for either a semester or year to earn course credit.
- Additionally, NC State’s Intensive English Program helps open the university to even more international students. The unit welcomes 125 students this fall, of which, 100 will be new students and 25 will be returning students. Many IEP participants come from China, with students from France, India, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Republic of Korea, Venezuela, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Brazil also represented. Students in the IEP program often continue their international education through various NC State degree programs.
- The Global Training Initiative welcomes nearly 230 new and returning SKEMA Business School students studying management, international business, and financial markets and investments. While most SKEMA students come from France, students increasingly come from China, India, and other parts of Europe, Latin America and Africa. The NC State study abroad site is now one of six SKEMA campuses. Twenty-three SKEMA students will be part of the dual-degree Global Luxury Management program in the Poole College of Management, and 28 students from Jiangnan University and Donghua University will start an accelerated master’s program, taking classes in the College of Textiles.
Whether you’re new to NC State or coming back for another semester or year, we want to make sure you can connect with resources to help you both personally and academically. Here are a few ways you can get involved on campus:
- Get involved with international programs
- Participate in cross-cultural programs on campus
- Learn more about Chinese and Japanese culture
In addition to the activities of our student population, exciting changes have taken place over the summer with our staff. Effective July 1, the Office of International Affairs became the Office of Global Engagement, with Bailian Li becoming Senior Vice Provost for Global Engagement. Along with these changes, the Office of Global Engagement will move into Primrose Hall upon completion of renovations this fall. Learn more about other exciting transitions within the Office of Global Engagement that will allow us to better serve the campus community.
We are excited for a new academic year with you and hope that you will experience an inclusive NC State community that values diverse perspectives. If you need anything or have questions about your campus experience, please contact our staff. Once again, welcome, and we hope you have a great year!