Global Engagement Programming
Explore. Engage. Transform. Lead.
International Student and Scholar Services offers a range of Global Engagement Programs designed for international and domestic students to interact and engage on campus and beyond. Get to know our various offerings below!
Exploring Chicago Neighborhoods
New to Chicago? Hoping to get off campus and explore, but not sure where to start? Chicago has a wider array of neighborhoods that divide the city into smaller communities, each with their own unique culture and history. Our Exploring Chicago Neighborhoods program is a great way to make new friends from around the world, while simultaneously getting to knwo the great city of Chicago. Each semester, students explore neighborhoods such as Rogers Park, Pilsen, Hyde Park, Chinatown, Wicker Park, and many more.
Coffee and Conversation
The Office for International Programs, in collaboration with Achieving College Excellence (ACE) team, hosts Coffee and Conversations once a week. Coffee and Conversation offers an opportunity for domestic and international students to meet and get to know each other on a regular basis. Students may talk about any topic that comes to mind, but there will also be a unique conversation starter planned for each week. Student participants are encouraged to explore different perspectives and discuss a range of topics in a safe space. Coffee is provided!
Spring 2018 Coffee & Conversation will take place on Wednesdays from 4-5:30pm in Sullivan Student Center room 216.
Global Mentorship Program
The Global Mentorship Program (GMP) is designed to encourage both domestic and international students to expand their worldviews, improve their intercultural communication skills, increase their English competency, and make new friends.
To achieve these goals, students are placed into Global Groups consisting of three to five students, including at least one student facilitator. Participants will meet with their Global Groups around at least five times throughout the semester, as determined by the group. Each Global Group will pick the activity for their own meetings, which might include exploring a new Chicago neighborhood (link to Exploring Chicago Neighborhoods), grabbing coffee, or eating at a restaurant. Additionally, participants have the opportunity to join in on several GMP large group events, which bring together all Global Groups and will be planned by the GMP coordinator. Events might include a potluck, attending a sporting event, or a movie night.
We are no longer accepting applications for Spring 2018 Global Mentorship Program. Please stay tuned for next semester's application and feel free to contact the GMP Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out testimonials about our program from some student participants and leaders!
"There is something new to do every day, and wherever I went, I always felt so welcome." - Alvaro, Spain
“If I could describe my experience at Coffee & Conversation in three words, I would say entertaining, educational, and hilarious! C&C was the highlight of my Mondays this semester, and I was able to meet so many new people while learning more about what the world has to offer to us. I really encourage those who are down for a cup of coffee or tea and are looking to have a good time to come to C&C.” -Francesca, Guatemala/Italy
"Participating in Coffee and Conversation has allowed me to learn from people from other backgrounds." -Rogelio, U.S.A.
"I got to discover a new way of life, explore new places and meet great people." - Lisa, France
"Exploring Chicago neighborhoods is always a great adventure to explore the city we now live in. From discussing current events to having lunch in a coffee shop in a rainy day, these programs have made my semester brighter." - Giulia, Brazil
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