The Office of International Programs sponsored the New International Student Orientation Weekend Aug. 14-16, 2014. The OIP staff was on hand at the Pittsburgh International Airport to welcome students to their new home and assist with any issues as they arrived. The all-day orientation was held in the Power Center, led by International Programs staff and Cultural Ambassador student volunteers. Undergraduate, graduate, English as a Second Language and exchange students all participated in sessions that covered various subjects, such as immigration regulations, living on campus, U.S. campus life, adapting to American classroom styles and other vital information for our international students. A graduate mentorship program was also piloted for the first time during the International Orientation and continues throughout the semester.
The highlight of the day was the International Student Resource Fair where representatives from both the Duquesne community (including New Student Orientation, Health Services, Career Services and Campus Ministry) as well as the local Pittsburgh area (such as PNC Bank, Global Pittsburgh, cell telephone companies and various other services) were available to help students settle into their new lives in Pittsburgh.
The formal orientation was followed by two days of Pittsburgh tours and outings, including an International Picnic at Schenley Park, to acquaint our new students with the city and meet their new fellow students in an informal setting.
With a current 8 percent international student population on campus, Duquesne is excited to welcome 216 new students from more than 40 countries from around the world.