International Connection - A Cultural Exchange Program

What is international Connection?


International Connection is a program that that engages international students and domestic students in efforts to create a culturally dynamic relationship that promotes sharing and learning of one’s cultural lifestyle. Not only does this program create cross cultural bonds but it is also intended to help assist international students in becoming acclimated to the university and the transition from home to University life.
 
For international students, it's a real treat to have someone to talk to when they arrive. Many international students use this opportunity to practice their English, ask questions about the University and surrounding area, and get to know American students. For American students, this is an opportunity to communicate with international students when they arrive to Governors State University and serve as a cultural ambassador.

OIS works with Student Life to identify one event per month as "Jaguar Treks", an off-campus event for international and domestic students.  
 
How to get involved: Send an email to ois@govst.edu. Once you are on our list, we will contact you when events are coming up and signups are open. All activities are subject to change.

Fall 2017

 

DateTimesEventsDescriptionLocation
6-Sep3:00pm-4:30pmMix n' MingleMixer for new and current students to meet and get to know each other and OIS staff. Icebreakers will encourage conversation and pizza will be served. Lakeside Lounge
8-Sep9:30am-4:30pmChicago Trip  Train ride to Chicago to visit Millenium Park and have lunch at Giordano's for Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Millenium Park
13-Sep11:30am-12:30pmGlobal Lunch Series Brown bag presentation by GSU faculty or staff on topics of global interest - "Japan Inside Out" by Maribeth Voss and Akiko OtaE-Lounge
21-Sep3:00 - 4:30pmExperiences of being African-American in the U.S. and AbroadBased on Ta-Nehisi Coates' book "Between the World and Me", we will have panel discussion on the African-American race as it is perceived in the U.S. and abroad. Engbretson Hall
21-Sep4:30 - 6:30pmJapanese Cooking LessonOIS and EXL Staff who lived in Japan will be teaching students how to cook and eat Japanese.Prairie Place
18-Oct2:30-4:00pmConversational CaféOnce a month ESL students will have conversation with other GSU students to improve and practice their English while sharing their culture over food. Lakeside Lounge
16-Oct5:00-7:00pmDiwali Festival Indian Festival of Lights and street market - includes a variety of performances and food.Sherman Hall
12-Oct4:30 - 6:30pmEthiopian Cooking LessonOIS Staff who served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia for 2 years will be teaching students how to cook and eat Ethiopian.Prairie Place
14-Oct1:00pm-10:30pmFright FestInternational Students can sign up to spend the day at an American amusement park with a Halloween Theme. Six Flags
18-Oct11:30am-12:30pmGlobal Lunch SeriesBrown bag presentation by GSU faculty or staff on topics of global interest - Mindfulness by Michelle SebascoE-Lounge
8-Nov2:30-4:00pmConversational CaféOnce a month ESL students will have conversation with other GSU students to improve and practice their English while sharing their culture over food. Lakeside Lounge
9-Nov6:00-11:30pmSilk Road Rising "Wild Boar"A live theatre performance from one of Hong Kong's most acclaimed playwrights. The story is about a gripping investigation of journalistic integrity, city planning, and social conscience. Chicago 
Nov. 13-17TBDInternational Education WeekThe Office of International Services works with units around the university to host several cultural programming events.Hall of Governors
15-Nov11:30am-12:30pmGlobal Lunch SeriesBrown bag presentation by GSU faculty or staff on topics of global interest E-Lounge
20-Nov4:30 - 6:30pmThanksgiving Cooking LessonOIS Staff who is familiar with American cooking will be teaching students how to cook and eat a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Prairie Place