5 Ways to Expand your Global Horizons at Miami this Fall

By Megan Schulte 

1. Apply to study abroad or away this winter.

If you are a Miami student still planning your 2018-2019 winter term, consider taking the adventure of a lifetime with Miami study abroad! There are many great opportunities spanning all academic divisions. These programs offer unique opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Not sure what program best fits you? Explore your options and/or set a meeting with a study abroad advisor. Most applications (including scholarships) close September 15th, so learn more now!

2. Join the Global Buddies Program.

The Miami University Global Buddies Program promotes inclusiveness, diversity and intercultural learning. The program is designed to engage international and domestic students in fun activities to create meaningful friendships. We will match interested new international students and domestic students together based on shared interests like language and course of study.

The domestic student will be able to help the international students settle into life in the U.S., show them the best places in town, and, in return, the international students will bring the cultures of the world to our domestic students.

Are you a new international student looking for friendship? Or perhaps you're a domestic student studying Mandarin this semester and studying abroad in China next year. Whatever your story, join the Global Buddies program for an increased intercultural understanding of other Miami students and the world around you.

3. Attend the annual study abroad fair.

Interested in studying abroad during your time at Miami? The 2018 study abroad fair on September 24, 2018 provides all of the information and resources that you need all in one convenient location.

4. Attend cultural festivals in uptown, Oxford.

There are also many festivals to attend in the community that showcase the different cultures we have at Miami. This fall features both the Chinese Festival and the UniDiversity festival. 

The UniDiversity Festival celebrates National Hispanic-Latino/a Heritage Month. The event is a kick-off for all the activities this month to learn more about Latin American, Latino and Caribbean peoples and cultures. There are a variety of performances so check out the schedule.

The Chinese Festival features culture performances, food, games, raffles, and more! The event takes place at both Cook Field and Uptown Park, so check the schedule for additional details. 

5. Submit essays, photos, and videos to the Miami University International Education Week Contest.

Returning for another year at Miami, is the International Education Week Contest. This year, however, the contest looks a little different. First off, the contest now includes writing, photo, and video opportunities and contest submissions are due mid-October, in order to allow for judges to evaluate submissions leading up until International Education Week (November 12-16). We will host an event in MacMillan Hall during International Education Week to announce winners and distribute prizes.

The contest is inclusive of all Miami students. Whether you’re an international student studying in the United States, a domestic student traveling abroad or sitting in the classroom with someone from a different culture, a Miami regional campus student taking a global perspectives course, or anything in between, we encourage you to share your story through writing, photos, and videos.

Finalists and winners will be awarded with prizes, published in the Global Initiatives annual book, and shared on our website or social media channels. This contest serves as a great way for students to celebrate international education.