Whether you are looking for a way to keep your international experience alive or get a taste of what it would be like to go overseas, there are plenty of great opportunities to get involved on campus!
Become A Pal for a New Exchange Student. Help befriend new international exchange students during their semester or year at UA. Fill out the Study Abroad Pals Volunteer Application to get started. For more information, contact the Office of Study Abroad at 479-575-7582 or email@example.com.
Join the Study Abroad Student Association (SASA) SASA has two goals: to provide a network of support and shared interest for study abroad students. Join SASA and provide internationally minded leadership on our campus! Also, check SASA out on Facebook!
Be a Conversation Partner. Spring International Language Center (SILC) students often request conversation partners to work on “everyday” English. To volunteer contact SILC at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out http://www.uark.edu/depts/silc/ark/.
Become A Cross Cultural Mentor for International Student Orientation at the UA. Guide new international students through orientation and help them become familiar with campus. For more information contact International Student Services at 479-575-5003 or email@example.com.
Join a Foreign Language Conversation Group. Check with the Foreign Language department at (479)575-2951 or with one of your foreign language professors for information on informal foreign language conversation groups.
Visit the Multicultural Center in the Arkansas Union. The Center offers an enhancing cultural environment that celebrates unity and inclusiveness through community outreach, scholarship, and mentoring. .
Become a Member of the International Culture Team (ICT). Typically comprised of around 50 graduate and undergraduate students representing over 30 countries, this team offers global education to schools at all grade levels, as well as businesses and community organizations throughout Northwest Arkansas. For more information contact International Student Services at 479-575-5003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join a Student Cultural Association. The University of Arkansas has an extensive list of different student groups and you can find a list at http://iss.uark.edu/348.php.
Live in Holcombe Hall: The International Living and Learning Community! Liive in Holcombe Hall and learn with people of different cultures, perspectives and values, as well as by participating in exciting social events, language tables, cooking competitions, and much more. To find out more, go to http://housing.uark.edu/thehalls/holc/index.php.
Enroll in the FYE Global Perspectives Course! This program is a team of first-year students, enrolled in the Fulbright College, live in Holcombe Hall and who are interested in international relations, political science, cross-cultural communication, history, sociology, or foreign languages. For more information, check it out on the web at http://housing.uark.edu/ResEd/GlobalPerspectives.php.
Join the Friendship Family Program. This program provides opportunities for American families to pair up with international students. This is a great way for your whole family to get involved and learn about other cultures and viewpoints. For more information contact International Student Services at email@example.com or check them out on the web at http://iss.uark.edu/354.php.
Be a Short-Term Host Family to an English Language Student. This program provides opportunities for American families to be hosts for students improving their English at the Spring International Language Center for as short as a weekend up to a full nine week term. This is another great way to get your entire family in on the fun. For more information contact Spring International Language Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or check them out on the web at http://www.uark.edu/depts/silc/ark/.
Become a Tutor at the Ozark Literacy Council. They have long term, short term, and “anywhere in between” term opportunities for volunteering. Please take a look at their list of volunteer opportunities, including tutoring international students & their families, and contact them at http://ozarkliteracy.org/tutor_volunteer.php if you are interested. They are always looking for help and training is provided.
Keep An Eye Out for Events Happening On Campus! Don’t forget that there are always tons of exciting lecturers, films, gatherings, performances and other events happening on campus that have international flair! Make sure to check the UA Calendar & our Study Abroad News & Events section for all of the great things going on throughout the year!