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MU Joins the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative

Millersville University of Pennsylvania Joins the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative

Millersville University commits to increasing study abroad access and participation.

4/3/2017 – Millersville University has joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to help more Americans to gain international experience through study abroad programs. This is one of more than 700 commitments announced by IIE.

IIE’s Generation Study Abroad seeks to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade.  One of Millersville University President, Dr. John M. Anderson’s Bold Path plan for the university is Engaging Students in Study Abroad. In this category, the Global Education office was directed to increase the number of students studying abroad by 50%, by the year 2020. Global Education anticipates meeting and exceeding this goal and will work towards doubling the amount of study abroad participants in the same time period.

Under the new partnership, Millersville University will take concrete, action-oriented steps to expand opportunities for study abroad.

  • Global Education will work to create study abroad scholarships or seek alternative funding source to offset fees.
  • Global Education will work with the Development Office towards increasing university study abroad scholarships from MU alumni and donors.
  • Partner with third party providers to increase the variety of programs and increase scholarship opportunities.
  • Global Education’s Faculty Coordinator will promote curricular integration at Millersville University.
  • Increase the number of short term study abroad opportunities for students, including dynamic and innovative faculty-led programs.
  • Global Education will work to increase participation in service learning and international professional experiences, such as internships, student teaching, and social work.
  • Global Education will create an engaging re-entry program for study abroad alumni.

Global Education is part of the Division of Academic Affairs.  Dr. Vilas Prabhu, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, responded to this announcement by stating, “Millersville University is committed to preparing students who are ready to engage as citizen of their region, their nation, and the world.  Study abroad is one of those high impact practices that truly transforms students’ lives, and this is an opportunity that we want extended to as many of our students as possible.  Our joining the Generation Study Abroad initiative is another tangible expression of this commitment.”

As of January 2017, Generation Study Abroad partners to date include over 400 colleges and universities of all sizes and types across the country and around the world, as well as 19 governments, 50 education associations, more than 100 international partners, and 100 study abroad, K-12, and social network organizations who have committed to specific goals to increase the number of U.S. students studying abroad. Commitments include actions to diversity the population of students who participate in study abroad and provide additional financial resources to make this possible.

IIE launched Generation Study Abroad in the belief that the number and proportion of today’s students who graduate with an educational experience abroad is far too low. Currently, fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students study abroad at some point in their academic career, according to the Open Doors Report on International and Educational Exchange published by IIE with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Generation Study Abroad aims to grow participation in study abroad so that the annual total reported will reach 600,000 by the end of the decade.

“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise,” says Dr. Allan Goodman, President of IIE. “Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders.”

About Generation Study Abroad

IIE’s Generation Study Abroad seeks to significantly increase study abroad participation by bringing employers, governments, associations, and others together to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities and resources to tens of thousands of college students whose needs are not currently served by existing programs. Generation Study Abroad will sustain an ongoing dialogue about the need for more students from all backgrounds and in all fields to gain international experience. This will include research to identify and break down barriers hindering students from studying abroad, communications to share strategies and best practices to increase study abroad, and fundraising to mobilize additional financial resources.  IIE will also hold a Summit on Generation Study Abroad on October 1-3, 2017 to engage stakeholders in higher education and all commitment partners.

About Global Education at Millersville University of Pennsylvania

In 1983, the International Studies Task Force was appointed by MU’s academic administration with the goal of developing an international studies curriculum, a study abroad program, faculty opportunities, and other initiatives. Dr. Marlene Arnold, now Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, led this effort. Due to her extensive experience abroad and having attended higher education institutions with established global initiatives, Dr. Arnold saw the need for a coordinated effort to encourage study abroad and more so the internationalization of MU’s campus

Global Education, formally known as the Office of Global Education and Partnerships, and when founded was the Office of International Affairs, was established in 1987. During its first year the Office of International Affairs was supporting 62 international students studying at MU, there were active student involvement opportunities through the International Relations Club and Study Abroad Club, five international student exchange programs, and multiple active faculty exchange partnerships.

Since that time Global Education has grown to over 25 international partnerships and have seen the number students and faculty going abroad grow over the years.

In Spring 2015, citing the university’s strategic direction related to internationalization, the international student and scholars services was transferred to Global Education, which is poised to lead the comprehensive internationalization of MU’s campus.

About the Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,200 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.

Rebranding Global Education

Global Education, formerly The Office of Global Education and Partnership, officially announced their name change during International Education Week. This change is representative of a larger rebranding effort to restructure and reorganize the office to better meet the needs of all Millersville students.

The decision to rebrand follows the university’s strategic plan to focus on internationalization and global thinking. In Spring 2015, the international student and scholars services was transferred to Global Education, inspiring a reevaluation and reallocation of office resources.

Global Education is on a mission to enrich the academic and cultural environment of Millersville University by leading internationalization initiatives. These efforts are guided by the vision of an inclusive, internationalized campus that fosters global leadership and engagement.

The Global Education team welcomed two new additions, Director of International Programs, Patriece Campbell, and Faculty Coordinator, Christine Gaudry, as part of these innovative changes. Faculty Coordinator was a new position created to support students and Millersville faculty on a globally minded campus. To learn more about Patriece and Christine, chekc out their interviews on this issue of The Gazette.

Thanks to the support of the Millersville faculty, administration, and student body, Global Education is on its way to becoming a front runner in study abroad and international student services.

Meet Patriece: New Director of International Programs

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Global Education is pleased to announce the addition of Patriece Campbell as Director of International Programs. She is looking forward to all the amazing possibilities that are out there to collaborate with faculty and staff across the campus and to provide great opportunities for more students (both domestic and international). Check out the Q&A session below to find out more about Patriece! 

What university did you attend?

  • University of Michigan-Flint: BA Organizational Communication and International Studies, Masters of Public Administration
  • University of New England: Doctor of Educational Leadership- expected May 2017- Dissertation topics focused on International Student Social integration at US institutions

Do you have any study abroad/international experience? Can you elaborate? 

I came to the U.S from Jamaica to pursue my tertiary level studies. However, I have traveled to 10+ countries to recruit international students and develop institutional partnerships.

What was the biggest struggle of coming from Jamaica to study at a university in America? 

As with other international students, one of the biggest challenges occurs during the initial semester where you are not only transitioning to college, but also to a new cultural and social environment without your natural support system from back home. As a 17 year old educated in the British system where you didn’t speak in class and your grades depended primarily on the results of mid-terms and finals, I struggled with participating in classes and managing my own time outside of classes… in Jamaica everything about school was dictated.

Why did you originally decide to come to the US to study and did your family come with you or are they still living in Jamaica? 

Because of the close proximity of the US to Jamaica, I grew up spending a lot of time during holidays with family in Florida. I attended Knox College (high school) in Jamaica, and the questions wasn’t whether or not you would pursue college afterwards but where. I chose to attend school in the US because of scholarship funding, and my brother being in school in Michigan (at the time). My younger brother followed us to Michigan, as is still there.

What attracted you to Millersville?

Having been a part of the staff that built the program from 16 international students to 800+, as well as help support other international initiatives such as Education Abroad and ESL training for students, I wanted the opportunity to build a program.

What do you think your most successful project has been so far in your professional career? 

This is a difficult question to answer. I have had lots of successful projects. I have had an amazing career so far. As an international student, I was an Engineer major, but spent a lot of time lobbying for international student services. After switching my major (Org. Communication and International Studies) in order to focus on this passion, I co-wrote the proposal of the creation of the International Center. I think the ability to create an office that is student-centered… working collaboratively across campus to make the enrollment of international students, and students wanting to go abroad a great experience for all is what I live for. If I had to choose, the best thing I have ever done is the creation of the International Student Ambassadors is by far the most rewarding for me.

What do you think the role of Global Education is at a university? 

Comprehensive internationalization is a term that is used a lot in higher education. Depending on who you talk to it mans a lot of different things, and serves varying purposes. I believe the role of internationalization is to create globally competent graduates. In order to do this we need to do a variety of things. This includes the internationalization of the curriculum and campus services and the recruitment and retention of international students. As an office, I see my role as bridging the gap, working collaboratively on campus to help all students that want to go abroad get the opportunity without interfering with their ability to graduate, as well as to ensure the successful integration of international students on campus, both academically and socially. I believe these are in line with our mission as an institution.

How important do you think it is for students to have an experience abroad?

Studying abroad is considered a high impact experience that can have a positive effect on retention and graduation rates. It is important for all students to have an international experience. The first preference is for them to go abroad, but there are many ways a student can engage locally. The presence of international students on campus for example gives a great opportunity for students to engage with people from different cultures. Faculty can integrate international topics into their course work, where applicable, for example. These experiences do a lot for a person. There are able to have a better understanding and appreciation of different cultures and views of the world. They are able to discover themselves through their varied experiences… personal development through pushing the boundaries of their comfort zone. It expands the world view of the student.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I’m fascinated with history, culture and architecture. I am also a wanderer at heart. You could place me anywhere I would make the most of it. Maybe backpacking through Asia or Africa would be great— lots of culture to cover.

Do you plan to make any major changes to Global Education or the programs it provides? 

Global Education has historically focused on education abroad initiatives. Our scope has broadened to provide international student and scholar services, and well as the creation of an intensive English program for international students (Fall 2017). We will also work closely with a variety of offices to expand and enhance partnerships. I will be working with Christine Gaudry and the GE Advisory Board to look at faculty and staff engagement as it relates to internationalization.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that most people do not know?

I love video games… strategic games like civilizations etc. I am on hiatus because of pursuing a doctoral degree. Also, I would prefer to be curled up with a good book instead of watching TV etc.

Meet Christine: New Faculty Coordinator

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Global Education is pleased to announce the addition of Christine Gaudry to the new position of Faculty Coordinator. She is looking forward  to working with faculty, students, and international scholars. Check out the Q&A session below to find out more about Christine!

What university did you attend? What was your major?

When I graduated from high school having just turned 17, I decided I wanted to become an English high school teacher.  Back then, future teachers were expected to attend the Ecole normale supérieure, a French grande école (higher education establishment outside the framework of the public university system).  I attended the first year, preparing for the grand concours (a very competitive exam) which only recruits 200 students or less every year.  I would have then become a civil servant and have to sign on to work ten years for the state.  After a year, I found myself wondering if I was ready for such a long term commitment and if I would be competent to teach English without having experienced firsthand its culture.  I therefore decided to switch to a public university.  The University of Paris X Nanterre not only provided me with a Master’s degree in British Literature with a French Literature minor but also gave me the opportunity to go abroad.  My education did not stop there because my French degree was not recognized by American universities.  I had to go back to school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I received a Master’s degree in twentieth Century French literature as well as a Ph.D. in eighteenth Century French Literature.

What attracted you to Millersville University?

Millersville was not my first teaching position.  I had taught at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, for three and a half years and at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA, for four years.  I applied for a teaching position at Millersville University because it had a very successful Master’s summer program in French which was based upon the total immersion concept where students pledge to communicate only in their language of study, resulting in the rapid acquisition of linguistics and cultural fluency.  I stayed at Millersville because I have yet to find an institution whose primary mission is so embedded in liberal education.   I was also very impressed with the faculty-student interaction in and outside the classroom.

What are you looking forward to in your new role as Faculty Coordinator?

The position of Faculty Coordinator is actually a new initiative to ensure that Millersville University becomes a global partner in education.  I look forward to assisting MU faculty who might be interested in teaching a course abroad but do not know where to begin; there are so many opportunities to do research and collaborate with international scholars and I consider my role as a facilitator as well; I am especially excited about serving as an advisor to our international students; last but not least, as a faculty member and former chair in the department of Foreign Languages, I have always encouraged our majors to go and study abroad and I am honored to extend this to all MU students.

What do you do in your spare time?

Attending arts and cultural activities, reading, and traveling have always been my main hobbies.  And now visiting my newborn grand daughter.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that most people do not know?

My father was a jazz musician and he played with famous artists such as Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, just to name a few.

My daughters said that I should mention the fact that I once was an actress in England.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I have always wanted to visit Egypt, its history, its culture, its people.  Anybody interested, let me know!

What is your favorite MU tradition?

The Candle lighting ceremony around the pond.  Each person lights another person’s candle until all bags with candles in them lights the pathway to the pond. It is not only a beautiful sight but it exemplifies what MU is about:  working together to make a better world.

International Education Week Review

Global Education would like thank everyone who participated in International Education Week for making these events such a rousing success!

Monday

Monday morning kicked of International Education Week with tabling in the university store. Experienced Global Education staff members were available to students to discuss study abroad options at Millersville and answer any questions. Any students who missed us at the this event are encouraged to stop by the Global Education office in the Cumberland house for more information and to check out our website.

The International Education Week Luncheon in the Bolger Center welcomed guest speaker Dr. Rodolfo Altamirano, Director of International Student and Scholar Services at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a number of globally conscious members of the Millersville community. President Anderson, Provost Prabhu, and associate Provost Adams were all in attendance. This event was an opportunity for faculty, staff, administrators and students to celebrate Millersville Universities internationalization initiatives.

Following the luncheon, faculty and staff were encouraged to participate in the Embracing International Education Workshop 1. This event led by Dr. Altamirano, educated participants on skills that contribute to more effective cross-cultural communication.

Tuesday

El País Del Miedo

Spanish film El País Del Miedo. Students were on the edge on their seat while watching this thriller based on a popular novel by Isaac Rosa. Dr. Leonora Foels in the School of Social Work led a discussion after the film. Students who have limited experience with Spanish but interest in the plot should pick of a copy of The Land of Fear: An English Translation of Isaac Rosa’s El País Del Miedo.

Wednesday 

Selling your Global Skills was a panel discussion led by Dr. Karen Rice and Ms. Michele Bote’ designed to help students market their abroad experiences as they begin to seek employment opportunities. Students were able to evaluate their resumes and promote the skills they developed on their travels.

The Multicultural Showcase organized by CSIL, was result of the combined efforts efforts of various departments, clubs, and individuals on campus, chiefly. It featured performances and country booths that explored the food, history, and culture of Millersville University students. This event was a fun and an educational way to spend an evening.

Thursday

Global Education welcomed students interest in getting their passport on Thursday. Student were guided through the passport application and provided with free passport photos. Many students were also guided through their study abroad options at Millersville with our experienced Program Coordinators.

The Embracing Internationalization Workshop II was designed for faculty to meet and discuss on off and on-campus strategies in internationalize the curriculum. This workshop was led by Director Patriece Campbell and Dr. Christine Gaudry.

The Global Racial Dialogue involved all participating Millersville University students in a dialogue about race on an international level. This event provided a save environment for students to share stories with peers and celebrate the differences between individuals from all over the world.

International Education Education Week wrapped up with a viewing of the French film La Haine. This black and white crime drama was an eyeopening look into issues of immigration and identity in France. Interested students had the opportunity to to discuss the film afterwards with Dr. André Moine, Associate Professor of French.

For more information on International Education Week, please see the attached post.

Introducing: Global Marauders

With Millersville University’s growing focus on global citizenship and international studies, Global Education saw the need for a community in which students could socialize, connect, and learn about each other as well as other cultures. In a project spearheaded by Director Patriece Campbell and Graduate Assistant Dean Miller, Global Marauders was developed to provide a peaceful transition into the college social environment through fostering friendship, communication, and support between international and Millersville students.

Whether you’re a Millersville student who is looking to make new friends, or an international student new to America, Global Marauders is the perfect club to get involved in! They are open to all Millersville students and plans to host weekly meetings in a relaxed setting with fun activities for making fast friends. In addition to standard meetings, Global Marauders also plans on hosting larger events and field trips as they continue to build their following.

Global Marauders are in the process of receiving official recognition from the student senate with the prospect of beginning to meet in the spring semester. If you are interested in participating in this innovative club, be sure to like their Facebook page and be on the lookout for their official release.

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Photo Contest Results!

Marauders Abroad

Taj Mahal

Winner

Northern Hemisphere

Taj Mahal

Submitted by: Aaron Jaffe, India

Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef

Winner

Southern Hemisphere

Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef

Submitted by: Matthew Junkin, Australia

Honorable Mentions

Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park

Submitted by: Troy Findlay, Australia

Landscapes and Landmarks

Venetian Vibes

Winner

Northern Hemisphere

Venetian Vibes

Submitted by: Meghan Basiliko, Italy

Ancient temples of Bagan

Winner

Northern Hemisphere

Ancient Temples of Bagan

Submitted by: Troy Findlay, Myanmar

Honorable MentionsSwiss Treasures - Copy

Swiss Treasures

Submitted by:  Anthea Quian, Switzerland

 

Marauders in Action

Capture

Winner

Northern Hemisphere

Finding My Place

Submited by: Melanie Herbert, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Marauder in Action (USC)

Winner                                                                                                            Southern Hemisphere

Marauder in Action (USC)

 Submitted by: Kelly Block, Australia

People and Culture

Oktoberfest 2015

Winner

Northern Hemisphere

Octoberfest 2015

Submitted by:  Meghan Basiliko, Germany

Maori Black Sand Beach Art - Copy

Winner

Southern Hemisphere

Maori Black Sand Beach Art

Submitted by: Kelly Block, New Zealand

MU Student Perspective – Semester in Australia

Student Spotlight: A Semester in Australia

The Office of Global Education supports many students while they study abroad, but taking classes abroad is not all that MU students do. Our university partners and other program providers around the world give students the chance for a once in a lifetime international experience.

Meet Matthew, a senior Millersville University student studying Business Administration. This past spring 2016 semester he boarded a plane to Australia to explore a part of the world he’s always dreamed of visiting. Read his responses below about his experience thus far and how his time abroad is allowing him to try new things! 

Get to Know Matthew

Name: Matthew Junkin
Year
: Senior

Major and/or Minor: Business Administration
Host University/Program: University of the Sunshine Coast
Host Country: Australia
Time period abroad: Spring 2016

Why did you choose to study abroad in Australia?

Australia has always been a place that I have wanted to go to. I think the history of it is fascinating and the climate is essentially perfect.  I considered studying somewhere in Europe, but I figured that I would not be able to get to Australia again any time soon. I figured if I wanted to experience it, now would be the perfect time to do it.

What is your favorite part about studying abroad so far? What is your least favorite?

My favorite thing would be seeing a different culture and having an experience that most people don’t get to have.  The nice weather is also a fantastic bonus.  My least favorite thing is just missing my friends and family at home.  I wish that they would experience this with me and see all the fantastic things that I am seeing.

Describe something you did for the first time or a specific memory that you have about your time abroad.

I tried surfing for the first time ever.  I did a lot better than I thought I would and had a blast doing it.  I figured it was something that I absolutely had to try while being in Australia, especially because I am from central PA and don’t have any nice waves to surf near me.

Did you get the chance to travel outside of your host country?

Yes! I went to New Zealand for 10 days over Easter break. The three of us from Millersville rented a camper van and drove around the northern island and saw some of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen.  New Zealand is definitely on my list of places that someone should see at some point in their life. Arguably the most beautiful place I have ever been.

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What do you miss most about the U.S.? Are you looking forward to anything in particular when you come home?

There are a few things I miss about the United States.  First off, Aussie TV is no good.  They have the same program running on 4 different channels at a time and you only get about 80 channels.  I have been living off of Food Network and HGTV because those are the only American networks here.  Secondly, I am so excited for American prices.  Going out to eat is unbelievably expensive.  Lastly, I am just excited to be home with friends and family and my dog Keno. Just relaxing over summer will be really nice with all of them.

What is something you’ve seen abroad that you would never see happening at Millersville?

People go everywhere here with no shoes.  Whether it be class, the grocery store, the mall, etc. shoes seem to always be optional.  Personally, I hate not wearing shoes so I am not one of those people.

How has your perspective of Business changed after taking classes abroad? Were there any classes that you really enjoyed or helped you think about your field of study in a different way?

The class structure is different here so it is a different way of learning, but I would say that my perspective has remained about the same.  My favorite course would probably be an International Marketing class.  Just interesting to learn about what all has to be considered when marketing in other cultures.

Why should other MU students study abroad?

Its an experience of a lifetime and one you may never get again.  It took some convincing (mostly me convincing myself) to do it and I am so happy that I did.  It gives you a different perspective on the world and it is always interesting to compare things to back home.  Things like prices, weather, slang, etc. are all different and there have been many things here that have caught me off guard.  It also allows you to really appreciate many of the things you take for granted at home.  I have also always said that the world is a giant beautiful place, and you should do everything in your power to see as much of it as you can before you die.  This experience has really solidified that idea for me and has given me the desire to see so much more than I already have.  If someone is thinking of studying abroad, just do it. You won’t regret it in the slightest.

Number Crunch: Study Abroad Alumni

graduation capGraduation is getting closer and closer as the semester comes to an end! Let’s take a look some statistics about our Study Abroad Alumni. 

A total of 73 Spring 2016 graduates have studied abroad through Millersville University.

Of that 73, two of the students are earning their Masters Degrees in Emergency Management.

Six of the total Spring 2016 graduate students are dual majors.

Breakdown by Major:

  • Art – 6
  • Art Education – 1
  • Biology – 7
  • Business Administration – 5
  • Early Childhood Education – 1
  • Economics – 1
  • English – 8
  • French – 1
  • German – 4
  • & Political Affairs – 4
  • History – 5
  • International Studies – 8
  • Meteorology – 1
  • Multidisciplinary Studies – 1
  • Philosophy – 1
  • Psychology – 6
  • Social Work -2
  • Sociology – 3
  • Social Studies Education – 1
  • Spanish – 5
  • Speech Communication – 6

Chart 2 

 Breakdown by Location:

  • Australia – 4
  • Canada – 1
  • Chile – 4
  • China – 1
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador – 1
  • England – 9
  • France – 11
  • Germany – 10
  • Israel – 1
  • Italy – 8
  • Japan – 1
  • Northern Ireland – 6
  • Norway – 1
  • Scotland – 3
  • Semester at Sea – 2
  • South Africa – 2
  • Spain – 10
  • Switzerland – 2

Chart 1

As you can see, various majors have had the opportunity to study abroad in all corners of the world – so why don’t you!

 

International Student Spotlight: Meet Abdoulahi

Have you ever wondered what Millersville University looks like from an international perspective? We asked Abdoulahi Taffa, a student from Niger who has been studying at Millersville this past semester, about his experiences.  Continue reading to gain some insight into Abdoulahi’s time here as a student at Millersville University!

Abdoulahi

Name: Abdoulahi Taffa

Age: 27

Home country: Niger

Home university: Abdou Moumouni

Field of study: International Studies

Why did you decide to study in the United States, specifically at Millersville University?

I always wanted to visit America because in my country we are influenced by American culture, we watched American movies and listen to their music. When I had the opportunity to come I decided to come. I spent 3 years in Harrisburg and I got my associate degree from HACC. During my last semester at HACC I came for a campus tour at Millersville University and I liked everything about the University so I decided to enroll.

What totally freaked you out prior to arriving at Millersville, but turned out to be no big deal?

What freaked me out before coming to Millersville is that I did not know anybody here and there were no students from my country at the university, but once I got here I felt like I was at home, everybody is nice and friendly.

What did you like best about Millersville and the United States?

What I like most about Millersville is the environment and the campus. People are nice and more than happy to help you. About United States, I like the education system and all of the opportunities available.

What is something you tried for the first time while you were studying in the States? Did you enjoy it? (it could be an activity, a type of food, etc)

What I tried for the first time while studying in the States is cooking, I never cooked in my life before coming to the States. I enjoy it sometimes.

What food or drink do you miss most from Niger?

The food I miss most from my country is Tchep (rice and fish).

What are you most looking forward to when you return home?

Spending as much time as possible with my family, especially with my grandma, I miss her so much.  Of course I’m also looking forward to finding a good job to help my country develop with my experiences from the U.S.

What did you learn about yourself personally over the past year?

I learned over the past year, that I could be anything I want to be even the future President of my home country, why not?

What did you gain academically and/or professionally?

I gained leadership skills, I learned to speak and write in a very important language (English), and I also learned how to give speeches in public.

What is your dream job and why?

My dream job is to become a diplomat or to work for an international organization like the United Nations or UNICEF. I want to represent and serve my country internationally.

Why should other international students come to MU?

They should come to MU because there are many opportunities waiting for them. All the international students are having great experience at MU, we are all happy here.

Abdoulahi with Dr. Anderson, President of Millersville University and Dr. Prabhu, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Celebration of International Education hosted by the Office of Global Education and Partnerships
Abdoulahi with Dr. Anderson, President of Millersville University and Dr. Prabhu, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Celebration of International Education hosted by the Office of Global Education and Partnerships