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ECU Welcomes New International Students
In the fall 2009, many new East Carolina University international students are not only beginning a new educational program but are also experiencing a whole new culture for the first time. That said, ECU and the Office of International Affairs (OIA) welcomed international students from 26 countries at a special orientation program geared for these students. The event was held from Thursday, August 20 to Sunday, August 23 and allowed new international students to meet not only their peers but also the staff and faculty members who will be available to provide them assistance regarding academic advising, cultural adjustment, and an introduction to the many services on campus.

All students were warmly welcomed by Dr. Marilyn Sheerer, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs; Dr. Pat Dunn, Professor Emeritus and Mayor of Greenville; and Dr. James Gehlhar, Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs. Each of these individuals urged new international students to take advantage of the many services offered by ECU and the OIA. Also, as part of orientation, the City of Greenville sponsored a special reception on Friday, August 21 for our new international students. The reception was covered on the front page of the August 22 edition of The Daily Reflector. As the main administrative and immigration advising office for ECU's international student and research scholar population, the OIA advised new international students regarding personal, immigration/visa, academic, and social issues during this program. The ultimate goal of the program was to help incoming international students adjust better to their new lives in the United States, Greenville, and at ECU. Please view our photo gallery to see images from our orientation.

Greenville's Mayor Pat Dunn addresses students during a reception held at City Hall welcoming new international students.

New international students listen as current international students answer questions during the International Student Panel held during Fall 2009 Orientation.

ECU Develops Language Academy
ECU is currently in the process of developing a language academy. Our mission at the ECU Language Academy will be to prepare qualified university bound students with the necessary English language support prior to matriculation. Students will be engaged in 20 hours of instruction per week for intensive language instruction. Ultimately, we plan on serving four levels of learner instruction; however, the initial summer may accommodate only one higher level class. Students will apply separately to both the Language Academy and to the University. Our Web site will be updated as fees, dates of classes, and applications become available. We look forward to expanding the services offered by the Office of International Affairs!

New Online International Student Recruitment Video
International Affairs is pleased to have a new online video describing ECU to potential undergraduate students from outside the US. David Paul Jones, Media Designer/Videographer at the University Multimedia Center, produced the four-minute video, while the music was composed, performed and donated by Michael Barrett Dixon, Instructional Technology Consultant for the College of Fine Arts & Communication.

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