10 Ways to Go Global at Miami

By Kristin Magyari, assistant director for communications and marketing, global initiatives

1. Learn conversational Chinese.

Two people practice using chopsticksDid you know that Miami's Confucius Institute offers two levels of free conversational Chinese classes to employees each semester? If you are a faculty or staff member eager to learn a phrase or two to connect with your international students from China better, join us for ten weeks starting September 10.

2. Make a friend from another country.

two students take a photo togetherGlobal Friendship at Miami allows for students and community members to build intercultural connections through fun activities like bowling, picnics, trips to Hueston Woods/Butterfield Farms, and more!

3. Attend a cultural festival Uptown.

a woman takes a selfieOur office has two annual fun-filled festivals approaching quickly: Chinese and UniDiversity. Join in the festivities for live music and performances, food, games, and more. Both events are free and open to the public.

4. Learn about education abroad programs.

a student talks to an employee at a study abroad fairThinking about studying abroad during your time at Miami but not sure where to get started? If you’re a first-year, looking to go abroad junior year or even if you’re a junior/senior trying to sneak in one more program before graduation, the annual Education Abroad Fair is for you. Study abroad is for every Miami student, and there will be booths full of program and scholarship information for you to explore. The world is your classroom!

5. Apply for a winter term study abroad or away program.

a picture of a chapel in ItalyMiami offers over 50 programs abroad and away this winter. Check out the programs offered, everywhere from Hawaii and San Francisco in the US to Guatemala, Oman, and Paris abroad. The deadline to apply was September 15, 2019. 

Miss this application cycle? Stop by MacMillan Hall during walk-in advising hours to speak with an education abroad advisor about your needs and start planning for next summer or school year early!

6. Prepare for careers and internships in the real world.

a night city sceneTwo programs that may interest students looking to stand out from the crowd when it comes to interviews in the real world are the Global Readiness Certificate and Voices of Discovery.

7. Look into scholarship opportunities. 

a student meets with a study abroad advisorDid you know that there are tons of scholarships out there for study abroad? Take a look at your options, and be sure to apply early!

8. Take a class if you’re 50 or older.

two senior citizzens paint Chinese calligraphyMiami's Institute for Learning in Retirement has an array of courses awaiting folks 50 years of age or older. Some global course topics include: The People’s Republic of China at 70, a Wine Tour of Italy, and French and European Mystery Novels in Translation.

9. Teach English or conduct research abroad with Fulbright.

a Miami student teaches a class of children abroadFulbright Scholarships give students the opportunity to spend a year abroad after graduation researching or teaching English. Miami students have done very well in this prestigious scholarship competition!

10. Participate in International Education Week mid-November.

students hold signs with awards on them while standing in front of a bannerInternational Education Week includes a thanksgiving dinner for international students, a global dance party, and much more. Check our International Education Week webpage later this semester for updates.

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