April 17, 2008 : Jennifer Gelar
Being an International student in Liberty is enjoyable. Throughout the year many interesting events allow international students to celebrate their unique cultures. Students enjoy the opportunity to be guest speaker in classes like as Food and Culture and Fashion Design. The week-long Mission Emphasis Week also puts International students in the spotlight, especially during the Parade of Nations and the Taste of Nations. During the Homecoming Parade, many International students team up to prepare floats and march around the campus with beautiful costumes and unique musical instruments. These are just a few of the many exciting occasions for International students in Liberty.
Coming to study in a big country such as the United States may seem nerve-racking at first, but foreign students quickly realize how welcoming Liberty is. New international students arrive on campus a week before other students arrive to attend orientation meetings that will show them how to open a bank account and apply for an American drivers license, among many other things. These meetings are usually full of games and prizes. It is during this time that the students get to know each other form friendships. Although English is the spoken language in America, when students meet others who speak their native language, they often switch to their mother tongue.
International students also have sufficient support available to them. The Office of Student Care has an International Support Group, led by other Internationals, for those who may be struggling with homesickness or other related issues. Every Saturday afternoon, the International Student Center also hosts a Bible study called “Aliens.” Mentors are available through the Center for Multicultural Enrichment, and there are many English tutors for those who are new with the language. International student advisors are available for one-on-one meetings everyday.
There are almost 700 foreign students from over 80 countries currently enrolled in Liberty. One great thing about the International community is the friendships that are formed. The International Student Center is like one big embassy for all the countries represented on campus. It is one of the most interesting and friendliest places at Liberty. There are always at least three languages being spoken at any one time. One thing is certain - being an International student at Liberty is definitely exciting!
For more information about being an International student in Liberty, contact the International Student Center at 434-592-4118. You may also browse through the International Student Website at http://www.liberty.edu/international.