Miami staff recently returned from hosting a pre-orientation program in two
Miami staff recently returned from hosting a pre-orientation program in two
Pre-Orientation in China; Global Initiatives Monthly News | July 2019, images from Shaghai and Bejing: students and volunteers participating in pre-orientation program and some hiking at Great Wall of China
Hi there,
Miami staff recently returned from hosting a pre-orientation program in two of China's major cities. Director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), Molly Heidemann, answered questions about their experience preparing incoming international students from China for their journey across the globe to Miami this August.
Read quick Q/A about pre-orientation program
Monthly Highlights

Heart of Steele

From homelessness to foster care. From foster care to college. From college to the State Department. John Steele (Miami ’14) knows your start in life does not determine your finish.
Read John's Story

Major Insight Podcast: What It Means to be a Global Citizen
On this debut episode, Major Insight host and Miami graduate Jacob Bruggeman speaks with Emily Tatum, who explains how her university experiences helped transform her passions into internships with the Pentagon and U.S. Department of State, what it really means to be a global citizen, and much more.

View Emily's Story
Student Worker Spotlight
Jessica Luo carving a pumpkin, smiling and holding up a peace sign with her fingers
Jessica Luo, Class of 2022
Communications and Marketing Specialist
Did you know these fun facts about Jingjing (Jessica) Luo?
  • I started working as a student worker in Global Initiatives during my first winter break at Miami. I worked 40 hours per week. Even though I am new here, I have so many opportunities to learn new things. For example, I created many videos for Global Initiatives marketing like MUDEC Student Life, Study Abroad is for Me student videos, etc. There are more videos coming soon, please keep an eye on our YouTube channel.
  • Before I started working for Global Initiatives, I was a big fan of Global Initiatives. I participated in the Global Buddies and Global Neighbors programs, Tea Tasting event, annual Chinese Festival, and I volunteered to teach Chinese.
  • I started my own video channel on a Chinese website on November 7, 2018 to share my life at Miami. Even some 2019 new incoming students recognized me when they came to Miami. Now the viewers are more than 60,000.
  • I can use chopsticks by both left and right hands.
  • I wear Han costume (a traditional Chinese clothing) nearly every day in fall. 
  • I've stayed in America for a full year. I have not gone back to China yet.
On the Horizon

Global Friendship Day

August 21, 2019 | Learn More
Global Friendship Day is a 1-day pre-semester program focused on building intercultural relationships.
Domestic first-year students are invited to join our new international students for Global Friendship Day on the last day of their orientation, just before Welcome Weekend begins. 
Although the program is intended for first-year students, we'd also like to open up the invitation to all Miami students who are interested in participating. If you are a non-first year Miami student (either domestic or international) please contact Dan Sinetar, International Student Coordinator, at to learn more.

Study abroad this winter!

Most applications are due by September 15 | Learn More
Find a program and apply by mid-September. Please note that some programs have already been filled.
Home for the summer and want to discuss your questions with an Education Abroad Advisor? No worries! Just contact us and we can set up an appointment over the phone. Send an email to or call 513-529-8600.
Katie Magyari in Mexico
"This class prepared me to face the things I wasn't used to experiencing." –Katie Magyari, Class of 2020

Introduction to Study Abroad Sprint Course

We'd like to invite students to enroll in IDS 154 this fall semester, a 2-credit hour sprint course. In this course, you will:
  • GAIN tips for maximizing your study abroad experience
  • LEARN cultural adjustment strategies 
  • EXPLORE your own culture and background
  • UNDERSTAND health and safety best practices
  • REVIEW country-specific information
IDS 154 introduces students to cultural basics, skills, and host-country specifics required for maximizing their study abroad experience and for respecting and interacting with people in other cultures.

Fall Semester Course Details

  • Dates: September 3-November 4
  • Days: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Time: 4:25-6:00pm
  • CRN: 74215

Prepare for internships and careers in the real world

Fall Semester | Learn More
The Center for American and World Cultures offers the Voices of Discovery program and a Global Readiness Certificate.
Looking for additional events? Miami is launching a brand NEW full calendar of events for an array of upcoming events and activities later this month. Stay tuned!
MUDEC Memories

Ashley Mickens

Class of 2020

Ashley Mickens discovered her love of traveling when she went abroad for the first time at 6 years old. When she started looking at colleges, she heard about Miami’s Luxembourg campus and knew she wanted to go. The program stood out because of the flexible schedule, which provided the ability to travel on the weekends. 
Explore Ashley's Study Abroad Story
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