Sullivan welcomes new international students to campus

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In keeping with Sullivan’s commitment to promoting cultural diversity and providing educational enrichment opportunities for all, the university recently welcomed 51 new international students to campus.

Sullivan’s total international population has now reached nearly 450, with students coming from all over the globe, including China, India, France, Taiwan, Colombia, Bangladesh and more.

New international students attended a special orientation July 10-11, to familiarize themselves with Sullivan’s policies, prepare for their classes and meet other students, staff and faculty.

“Orientation not only sets clear expectations academically but also provides access to resources students will need throughout the course of their program,” says Associate Director of International Admissions Michael Iacovazzi-Pau. “It is an opportunity for them to ask questions and feel welcome by our faculty and staff.”

Connecting with instructors is especially important for these students since many participate in online hybrid programs that require them to come to campus only once a month.

“All the instructors I met were very friendly and helpful, and made sure everyone was on the same page,” says one student, who was born in India and grew up in Dubai. “You can’t replace that kind of face-to-face communication.”

Many students find Sullivan’s hybrid graduate programs appealing because they don’t require them to uproot their lives in order to earn their degree.

According to Jinn Kim, a new student originally from South Korea, “With Sullivan’s program, you can keep working and maintain your life by coming to campus once a month and then completing your remaining classes online. That’s why I chose Sullivan.”

Both the convenience and relevance of Sullivan’s degrees are a major deciding factor for many applicants. A student says he chose to pursue his Master of Science in Managing Information Technology (MSMIT) degree at Sullivan in order to keep up with an increasingly competitive market.

“American business is evolving so fast that it is becoming essential to have an IT background,” he says.

Iacovazzi-Pau notes that as industries continue to globalize and attempt to stay on the leading edge of advancement, diversity is becoming increasingly more important for education, particularly career-focused education.

“Our programs prepare students to advance their careers in the global marketplace. Students who are able to adapt and optimize performance by working in diverse teams of professionals gain a competitive advantage in the workplace,” he says. “By promoting inclusion and diversity, we expose students to the type of environment that is a reflection of the real world, a melting pot of talent that together creates synergies to stay ahead of the game.”

Rummy Le Guevel, a native of France, says he has already been able to apply what he has learned in his courses to his position with a business management firm. He also notes that what really impressed him about Sullivan was the international admissions team’s personal touch.

“Very soon after I applied, Michael Iacovazzi-Pau called me and then began speaking to me in French—his and my native language—and it was a huge help,” says Le Guevel. “Speaking the same first language made sure nothing got confused and I knew he understood the educational system in France.

“It really is the details that make the difference,” adds Le Guevel.

Check out more photos in Sullivan’s International Student Orientation Flickr album.

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