BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—Indiana University Bloomington students, staff, faculty and administrators traveled to Beijing, China, this week to help new students become acclimated to the campus and community before they arrive in August.
The program, IU2U, fosters student success by offering international students the opportunity to prepare for the academics, culture and engagement opportunities they will find at IU Bloomington. IU will hold two one-day sessions in Beijing on July 10 and 12, with workshops for both students and parents.
While students attend workshops on IU and student culture, academic and personal goals, and curricular planning and course selection, their parents are invited to attend workshops on helping from home and education in the United States. IU staff and current undergraduate students will lead sessions.
"IU2U will be an invaluable opportunity to new international students as they prepare for academics and student life, and it is also a high-impact cultural and leadership experience for current undergraduate students at IU Bloomington," said Dennis Groth, vice provost for undergraduate education. "This program will continue to develop the university’s global network that continues to grow with President Michael A. McRobbie’s vision and new initiatives in China and around the world."
When students from Beijing arrive in Bloomington in August for Welcome Week and orientation, they will have an established group of peer mentors awaiting them. The undergraduate students who travel to Beijing will reconnect with IU2U participants in the fall.
Representatives from the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of International Services, and the Career Development Center, along with eight students from various disciplines, will comprise the IU2U team.
The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Indiana University Bloomington facilitates a broad range of activities that promote innovation and enrichment in the curriculum and leads campus-wide programs and initiatives in support of outstanding academic experiences for all undergraduates.