International Student Spring 2018 Activities


International Student Orientation

Students received a lot of helpful information. They also participated in some activities in order to make friends and get to know each other!



Carnival for Success

Students were able to learn different skills that would help them on campus as well as learn about different campus services while participating in fun activities!



Snow Tubing

International Students celebrated the winter weather by taking a trip to go snow tubing! Afterwards they were able to warm up with some hot chocolate and treats!



Sky Zone

International Students enjoyed a fun night of jumping and trampolines at Sky Zone!


Washington D.C.

International Students were able to learn about America by visiting the capitol, Washington D.C.! They enjoyed seeing several famous landmarks such as The White House, The Capitol Building, as well as some of the famous memorials like Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial. The Cherry Blossom trees were also in bloom during their trip!



Celebration of International Education

Global Education held an event celebrating international education with Millersville study abroad alumni, international students, and supporters of international education. There was a past study abroad participant and a graduating international student who spoke as well as a ceremony that horned several students involved in international education!






Advocacy Day

On March 19th and 20th, Millersville students traveled to the capitol to participate in NAFSA’s Advocacy Day. This was the first year that Millersville participated in the event, sending one of our study abroad students, one of our international students, and a staff member from Global Education.

NAFSA: Association for International Educators is an organization for those involved with international education that has over 10,000 members worldwide. As an organization, they “believe that international education advances learning and scholarship, fosters understanding and respect among people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, is essential for developing globally competent individuals, and builds leadership for the global community.”

NAFSA’s Advocacy Day gives students and faculty involved in international education a chance to speak out for polices that matter within international education. Different schools around the country send representatives that then meet with their state’s elected officials in the House of Representatives and the Senate. These meetings give them an opportunity to talk about the important issues within international education and change they want to see.AD 3

Millersville University was one of few schools that brought students along to this event, providing great exposure to both our peer institutions and other institutions nationwide. Assistant Director of Global Education Olivia Cordero, who attended this event with the students, believes that this was a vital part of going to Advocacy Day. “The power is in the voice of the students” said Cordero. She thought that students should be the focal point in these meetings.

The Millersville students that attended this event were study abroad student Kiara Garcia and international student Gentil Kalisa. Kiara had previously studied abroad for a semester in Chile and Gentil is from Rwanda. Both students thought that this opportunity was an important one for them as students to experience.

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“Having studied abroad last semester in Chile, this opportunity allowed me as one of the few student representatives to spread the value of study abroad and positively influence staffers of Pennsylvanian Congressmen and Representative” said Garcia. “I would highly recommend extending this opportunity to more Millersville students as these public matters can directly impact study abroad policies in the future.”

“As an international student, going to Capitol Hill and talking to lawmakers about how the policies they put in place affects me was an amazing experience. I was happy to learn that most of them had experienced what if feels like to be an International student or a scholar in a foreign country” said Kalisa. “We were able to talk about how International students and scholars not only contributes to the U.S economy or diversity, but also secure the U.S position as a world leader in science and technology. We also advocated for a more welcoming United States to both PA senators and to our district representative Lloyd Smucker. ”

After this experience, Global Education hopes to continue participating in this event with other students in the future. It is important to advocate for international education and its policies that make sure this opportunity is available to all students.AD 4

Taylor – France

I studied at l’Université de Caen in Normandy, France for a semester. I chose this program because I wanted to improve my French language skills, as well as explore the French culture and meet new people.

My personal goals from this experience were to meet new people, gain more confidence in myself, and, for once, really step outside my comfort zone. I feel that these goals were met. I met amazing people from all over the world and really pushed myself to break out of my shell- something I never felt ready to do in the past- by participating in more social events and even venturing out alone. For academic goals, I wanted to improve my French verbal and written communication while completing credits for my major. I definitely completed these goals. As for professional goals, I did not really set any before I left, besides maybe having something for my resumé. However, having had so many new experiences, upon my return, I have really begun questioning what direction I would like to go in my professional career.


At UniCaen, there are many opportunities to participate in excursions around Normandy and close to Paris. I visited Versailles, Monet’s House, Honfleur, Etretat, and also a trip exploring how Normandy’s two finest products were made- cheese and apple spirits. These trips were a great opportunity to learn about France from both a cultural and a historical perspective. The ERASMUS group also hosted social events to meet new people. During my time in Caen, I was also able to participate in the Carneval d’Etudient, the largest student carnaval in Europe. It was a fun day spent with friends, dressing in silly costumes, and enjoying music.


Students at Millersville should study abroad because there is nothing more beneficial than building a new perspective of the world. I sometimes feel that we get caught up in our own little bubbles that we forget there is a whole world out there that has a ton to offer us in terms of different ways of thinking and living. Studying abroad really places you in that world. You are there simply to learn and explore, meaning leaving behind some of those responsibilities that can sometimes weigh you down at home, giving sometime to reflect on what direction you should take, but through a new pair of eyes. Also, you get to try new things, and from that, find new things you like.


My advice to students interested in studying abroad is to just go for it. The amount of benefits you reap from this experience is more than you would imagine. I really feel like a new person, with new goals and new views. This experience was priceless. Going to another country is scary and you have to put your life on hold in the United States to experience it, but you will come out of this experience with a different outlook on life and a true understanding of how capable of you are at adapting to a brand new environment.


Alex – Italy

I studied in Florence, Italy. As an art major with a minor in history my professor last spring really pushed for the Florence program in her classes. I have a real love for art history and I had learned a lot about the Italian renaissance through her classes and I decided that I would check out the program and go from there.


My goals were to learn to live like the locals, experience works of art like Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith Slaying Holofernes, Masaccio’s Trinity, and the David. I also wanted to leave being able to say that I learned an incredible amount about the history of Italy and their art. I accomplished all of my goals and then some.


While in Italy we get to go on options trips to the Amalfi Coast, Rome, Sorento, Sienna, Pisa, Pienza, Montepulciano, and much more. Each new place was different from the last despite being in such close proximity to one another and their traditions changed as well. In Sienna, we got to see children playing soccer beside the church of Saint Catherine. In Assisi, the home of Saint Francis, as well as in Vatican City I got to attend mass. While on the Amalfi coast we got to take gondolas into the blue grotto one of the wonders of the world. I also got to go through the canals of Venice in gondolas while we were in Venice. At the end of it all, I was able to go on another trip into Lugano Switzerland where we traveled through the Italian section of Switzerland and got to hike to massive waterfalls, swim in lakes and streams, and take amazing pictures at the top of mountains.


Studying abroad is a life changing experience. Being a way from home is admittedly hard for everyone, not just some but as an individual, you grow much more than you could even imagine by traveling alone.


My greatest advice is that no matter how much the money may seem like, studying abroad is possible. If you want something badly enough you can achieve it with a little bit of perseverance and struggle. As far as students looking to study in Italy, don’t take large bags, carry around smaller bills, eat all of the gelato that you can, and aperativo starts at 7-7:30 so if you want a cheap meal that’s where you should be!


Carmen – Spain

  • Carmen is an international exchange student from Spain
  • She attends Universidad de Burgos


I came to study at Millersville because my home university organised an exchange with Millersville University.

While at Millersville I learned about: the Amish and went on the Amish trip with Global Education. I visited Washington and Philadelphia. I went to the Fist Friday in downtown Lancaster. I will go to New York also with Global Education.

One new cultural thing I learned is: There is more tolerance in this country.


What would you like to share with the campus community about your culture or country? I would encourage everybody to travel and visit another countries and cultures.

I am glad to have this opportunity of studying abroad, I am so pleased and I will like to promote the idea of studying abroad.