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International education opportunities growing at UNG

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(UNG: University of North Georgia)

(UNG has courses in 10 languages, 30-plus global partners, and 230 international students representing 70 countries.)

[Instructor and students speaking in Chinese.]

Dr. John Wilson: (associate vice president of international programs) Universities throughout the world know our reputation. They know that we are a senior military institute, that we have a concentration focus on languages. They know of the quality of our education here, so they naturally want to be part of what we do here. Partnerships are important to us because they offer a lot of things that were very attractive to us -- study abroad programs and faculty-led programs faculty exchanges and research exchanges. We have lots of delegations to come by and visit us. All of these things contribute to growing interest in UNG.

(During the 2014-15 academic year, 284 UNG students studied abroad in programs across disciplines.)

Wilson: Considering the importance of study abroad to a student's career, the need for cultural understanding and languages, the investment in study abroad is a critical component of a 21st century education. We have students that are studying ancient Roman history

in Rome, professors provide lectures on the site of the Coliseum or in the Forum.

It does bring learning alive. There is enormous amounts

of academic gain that can occur from the study abroad programs.

Juan Pablo Garces: My name is Juan Pablo Garces. I'm an international student from Colombia.

I came to UNG because I have family members that came here before

and I wanted to come and study computer science.

Manon: My name is Manon. I'm from Belgium.

And the reason why I came to UNG as an international student is because

I wanted to experience the real American way of life.

Jan Anders Willing: My name is Jan Anders Willing.

I am an exchange student from Germany and I will be here at UNG for one year.

I came here because of the beautiful campus, the fantastic English department

and the well-known Southern politeness.

Wilson: International students provide a huge service and

they do meet our mission to internationalize.

Just being out there meeting people and promoting

their languages, their culture and getting to know them.

(UNG: University of North Georgia)

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(Copyright University of North Georgia, November 2015)

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