GGC now able to enroll international students

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has approved Georgia Gwinnett College’s request to enroll international students, beginning with the fall 2012 semester.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has approved Georgia Gwinnett College’s request to enroll international students, beginning with the fall 2012 semester.

With a waiting list of more than 150 interested students, the college expects to enroll about 100 students from other nations, according to Dr. Anthony Pinder, director of GGC’s Office of Internationalization.

“Because the Gwinnett area is very diverse and includes many residents from other nations, we have received a large number of inquiries from people who have family members interested in coming to the U.S. and specifically, GGC, for their higher education,” Pinder said.

 “International students contribute significantly to an academic community by introducing a vibrant and diverse mix of perspectives,” said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. “Study abroad programs and a curriculum infused with international dimensions also are keys to a robust educational experience. In today’s global economy, it is more important than ever for students to develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, people and cultures from around the world.”

The college recently appointed Cheryl Park as assistant director of international student support services. Park is responsible for assisting F-1 international students through the initial application and admission process and advises students on visa-related issues once enrolled. In addition, she will facilitate international students’ smooth transition into the U.S. higher education environment by providing opportunities for them to engage the GGC community in cultural learning programs.

Park’s interest in international students began with her participation as a high school student ambassador to Europe and the former Soviet Union. After finishing her bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley, she moved to Seoul, South Korea to teach English as a Second Language. Her professional experience includes work in the non-profit and higher education sectors in Chicago and San Francisco. She also holds a masters in fine arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

“Ms. Park is a seasoned international educator,” said Pinder. “She already has become a valuable member of our international program operation.” 

For more information about international student admissions, contact Park at 678.407.5018 or cspark@ggc.edu.

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