New Global Gateway Program for UVM International Students

By Christine Souders |

Published 04/28 2014 07:38PM

Updated 04/28 2014 07:42PM

BURLINGTON, VT- Creating more diversity on campus. That's the goal for the University of Vermont in the next few years.

But how do you prepare students for international success at a U.S. University?

Well, officials from UVM are anticipating the New Global Gateway Program will help international students on their path to graduation.

Victoria Khamidova is one of 38 students in the New Gobal Gateway Program at the University.

"American friends, and international friends from China, from Singapore."

She's in the program with hopes of a smoother transition into university life, since her first language is russian.

"You need to have this refresher, a pathway to your own language to english."

For two semesters, both international and american students live under one roof, the Marsh Austin Tupper Residence Hall.

"We focus in on student total inclusion into the campus community, academically and socially," said Christopher Lucier, VP of Student Enrollment.

Which is also part of the overall international enrollment strategy at UVM.

The goal is to integrate international students with american students, while also providing the extra instruction in english

But also to diversify the student body.

"To have an excellent academic setting., you must create a diverse academic setting, and at only 2% international students that was lacking. So this helps us build our international enrollment at UVM."

By fall of 2018, the university plans to reach 5 to 7% in international enrollment

Something, Victoria Khamidova said provides her with a much more productive learning environment.

"I think it is much easier than going directly into a native speaker society."

And for this public communications student-, so far life at a U.S. Unversity is all good.

"I'm really happy with this decision, because it's made my life a lot easier."

This is only part of the overall strategy, UVM is hoping these international students will also become future recruiters.

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