Study Abroad Fair 2018

The fall 2018 Study Abroad Fair took place on September 12, 2018. Students were able to learn about over 300 study abroad programs offered to them through the Office of International Programs & Services at Millersville University.

Two international partners participated in the fair this year. The representatives from The American Business School in Paris from France and VACorps from Capetown, South Africa. We also had two U.S. based organization partners present, Global Experiences and AIFS Study Abroad.

Students were able to learn about both short and long term study abroad programs, traditional study abroad and even international professional experiences like international internships and student teaching.

If you are interested in learning about study abroad opportunities for you, or your students, you can search for programs and get information about study abroad advising on the study abroad website HERE.

Global Education Renamed the Office of International Programs and Services

Office of International Programs and Services

(Formerly Global Education)

Effective immediately, the office name will be changing from Global Education to Office of International Programs and Services. This change was made to reflect the expanded mission and goals for the unit over the past two years. Our programs and services include:

  • Education Abroad – Facilitates international educational opportunities abroad. This includes traditional study abroad, professional experiences, and MU- faculty led trips.
  • English Language Institute – Provides intensive English instruction designed to meet the academic needs of international students and other non-native English speakers.
  • International Student and Scholar Services – Provides immigration and cultural advising to all international students and scholars during their transition and time at Millersville University.
  • International Partnerships and Sponsored Programs – Develops and maintains strategic partnership across the globe. This includes working with academic departments to create dual degree programs, and facilitate the hosting of visiting scholars.

In the next few weeks you will see a transition to the new name, with the website and official department documents making the formal transition for winter 2019.

For more information on the Office of International Programs and Services, please contact us by phone (717-871-7506), email (international@millersville.edu ), or by visiting our website. We are currently located in Cumberland House and Adams House (Frederick St. and George St.) and are open Monday-Friday 8:30am- 4:30pm.

International Delegation – Yancheng Teachers University

Millersville University recently hosted a Chinese delegation from Yancheng Teachers University (YTCU). The delegation included their Vice President, Director of the Development and Reform Office, Alumni Office, and various other departments and offices.

The partnership with YCTU can be credited to Dr. Changfu Chang, Professor of Communications and Theater. Dr. Chang is an alumnus, and the leader of the newly formed YCTU Alumni Association in North America.

The delegation started their visit with a presentation by Mrs. Yang Zhang from the Admissions Office, and Mr. Daniel McClary, from the English Language Institute. The SHARP team then led the delegation on a campus tour.

After lunch the delegation was also offered academic presentations from various colleges. Dr. Victor DeSantis spoke about Millersville graduate programs. Dr. Michael Jackson spoke about key programs in the College of Science and Technology as well as high impact practices. Dr. Ieva Zake and Dr. Karen Rice, representing Dr. George Drake, each gave presentations that highlighted various key programs within their colleges. 

YCTU delegation representative, Dr. Huang Zhichun, the Vice President, agreed to work with Millersville University as a new international partner. The delegation signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on August 10th, with the intent to work more closely on a student mobility program .  

Summer Exploration Program – Pakistan

Global Education hosted a cohort of 13 students from Beaconhouse National University in Pakistan this August. The students participated in the Summer Exploration Program through MU’s English Language Institute (ELI).

During this program, the students learned academic writing skills, learned how to write college admission essays, and were introduced to the U.S. Higher Education System. During the program they visited Penn Sate University, New York University and other local attractions.

Natalie – England

I traveled to London during the Fall 2017 semester. I chose this location because London is full of amazing history and being in the city made it easy to travel throughout the city and surrounding countries.

While abroad I wanted to meet as many new people as I could. Meeting new people from different countries and different backgrounds gave me a whole new perspective of the world and people from different cultures. Academically, I wanted to improve my writing skills and learn more about the public relations industry within the United Kingdom. I was enrolled in a Public Relations Campaign class that explained the structure of campaigns for different companies in the UK. Our professor was in the PR field and had his own firm in London.

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I traveled to Nuremburg and Munich in Germany. I went to Oktoberfest with a couple of friends from University. While we were there, we stayed at a campsite. After Oktoberfest was over, we visited the Dachau Concentration camp that was located outside of Germany. Seeing the concentration camp was a life changing experience. During my semester, I also traveled to different parts of Italy, Ireland, and Northern Ireland.

I think Millersville students should study abroad because traveling outside of the United States and outside of Lancaster County gives individuals a well-rounded view of the world. It is amazing to get to meet new people from different countries and hear about their background and their own personal experiences. Studying abroad also gives students the opportunity to share their own background with the rest of the world.

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The best advice that I could give someone is, don’t have any expectations of what your time abroad is going to be like. This was the best advice my mom gave me. When I got to London, I had the most amazing experience because I didn’t know what to expect. It turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life and I think everyone should get the chance to experience studying abroad.

Campus Flag Project

Millersville University received a generous donation from Mr. Michael G. Warfel’84, Chairman of the Council of Trustees for a campus flag display project. As part of this project, approximately 200 world flags which represent countries and territories from around the world are showcased in the Galley in the Student Memorial Center. World flags of the current population of Millersville’s international students, are also on display in the new Lombardo Welcome Center. Every summer the flags in this location will be updated to reflect the changing international population of current MU students.

It’s great to see MU’s support for international students and international education!

PASSHE: International Educators Network

Millersville University hosted the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE): International Educators Network (IEN) summer meeting this July. The two day meeting hosted various international education staff from the 14 PA State System universities. Several guests, including Dr. Victoria Sanders the Assistant Vice Chancellor, also participated in this year’s meeting.

The PASSHE: IEM membership consists of International Educators from all 14 PASSHE Universities.  IEN was established to identify, develop, and expand beneficial international relationships that contribute to the enhancement of the State System’s global profile and the international expertise and activities of the Commonwealth’s publicly owned universities.

The IEN serves to maximize existing resources and to minimize duplication through cooperation in the areas of education abroad, international education leadership, international enrollment management, international student and scholar services, learning and scholarship.

Some topics discussed during this meeting include:

  • The administration’s travel ban
  • Recruitment across the state system
    • Strategies
    • Current issues
  • International credential evaluation
  • International student and scholar services
    • Current issues
    • Employment
    • Visa fee increases
    • Campus climate
  • PASSHE study abroad website design & implementation
  • Study abroad topics
    • Best practices
    • Current issues
  • Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)

There was also guest speakers from Insurance Services Office (ISO) who gave a presentation on their insurance plans and services for international students.

The next meeting will take place in Harrisburg, PA in the fall.

Summer International Teaching

This summer Millersville University had two participants in new international teaching opportunities in China!

Dr. Barry David taught at Huaqiao University through the @China Program which is managed by the China Center for International Educational Exchange (CCIEE). Huaqiao University is located in Fujian Province in the southeastern part of China. This one month class was a course on Production & Operation Management.

Daniel McClary, M.A. taught at Zhejiang Normal University (ZJNU) which is one of Millersville’s international partners. Daniel taught ESL to a group of 5 students who will be attending Millersville in the fall. The students are in a dual degree program where they will earn a B.A. in Art. Some of the students are concentrating in fine arts, and the others in interactive and graphic design. The 6 week class was an intensive ESL course designed to ready the students for academic classes or  for studying in the English Language Institute at Millersville. 

Culture and Language Summer Institute – China

Global Education hosted a cohort of 16 undergraduate and graduate students from Central China Normal University this summer 2018. The students participated in the Culture and Language Summer Institute through MU’s English Language Institute (ELI).

During this summer program, the students learned about the local Amish culture, American history and other topics all while practicing their writing and presentation skills. In addition, the students were introduced to the U.S. Higher Education System and had a Q&A session with current MU students.

During their program, the group was able to visit New York City, Philadelphia’s historic area, and Hershey Park. They had dinner with a local Amish family and visited several Lancaster County highlights!

Karlee – Global Interest

I became interested in international initiatives when I first visited South Africa in 2012. It was my first time out of the country and after experiencing their culture and the diversity there, I wanted to learn more about other countries and their cultures. I became fascinated in learning about the diversity in the world and that helped shape my career path and college career as well.

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I have  volunteered with Ubuntu Leaders of Lancaster and I am a part of a social work organization where I organized a Zumba fundraiser event for disaster relief for Puerto Rico. I have done volunteer work with Love. Give. Live. to learn about fair trade and NPO’s. I have also participated in many service learning trips to South Africa where I assisted with planting agricultural plots in Cape Town. Along with this, I have been to Northern Ireland where I learned about the troubles and the walls, to Nicaragua where I worked with rural communities to respond to issues related to poverty, to Mexico where I used expressive arts to work with youth to raise awareness about social injustices, and to Honduras where I worked at medical clinics. I also presented a poster on the research I did on the medical clinics at the Rural Social Work Conference.

Some things I have learned while participating in these programs are responsibility, organization, how to be a leader, how to be a global citizen, field work, accomplishment of goals, and career interests. I have also learned about social change, diversity in the world, and differences between cultures.

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Other students should get involved with Global Education to become a better global citizen. Studying abroad not only makes you more aware of various cultures but also, while you are interacting with others from around the world and hearing their stories, it enhances your compassion and humanity toward others. Therefore, you are more inclined to respond to social injustices and able to see what you can do to help.