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Opening Week at the International Study Center

08/28/2013

The International Study Center at Roosevelt University in Chicago opened its doors with a packed schedule for its newly arrived international students! With four days of orientation activities including a Chicago pizza tour and a formal reception, students had a fun-filled introduction to Chicago and life at university in the USA.

International students on a Pizza Tour in ChicagoStudents arrived in Chicago over the weekend from their hometowns in China, South Korea, Vietnam, Russia and Ukraine. They were greeted at the 32-story Wabash building where they will live, eat, socialize and study while at Roosevelt University. The students were thrilled with their housing accommodations, especially the floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views of the Garden City. International Study Center staff then took the students on a shopping trip to local stores to buy essentials as well as items to decorate their rooms. Shopping was followed by recreation with a visit to Millennium Park and the famous "Bean" sculpture. 

On Monday, August 19, International Study Center students participated in a day-long Roosevelt University orientation alongside other domestic and international students. Orientation included a campus tour and students learned what they could expect while studying for their degree at University in the USA.

Perhaps the highlight of the week was the International Study Center Chicago pizza tour on Tuesday. Students and staff boarded a private bus and were taken to four different Chicago neighborhoods to sample different styles of Chicago pizza - deep dish, thin crust, tavern-style thick crust, coal oven pizza. During the scenic tour, a personal guide explained the history of Chicago and how the creation of Chicago-style pizza almost never happened!

Orientation events culminated with the International Study Center Launch event held in the beautiful Gage Building overlooking Millennium Park on August 21. The event took place between 3-5 pm, with approximately 30 attendees. Hearty snacks and light beverages were served, and, in celebration of the International Study Center opening, even champagne for those over 21! VIP visitors included, from Roosevelt University: President Dr. Charles Middleton, Vice Provost Sam Rosenberg, and Assistant Provost Joanne Canyon-Heller; from Study Group: Executive Vice President Larry Green and the VP of University Academic Relations, Theresa Arnold. Roosevelt University administration, staff, and faculty as well as Study Group representatives greeted the students and wished them success on their study in the USA. Center Director Russell Clark introduced all the people who have made degree preparation at the International Study Center such a unique, special offering for international students, and encouraged this first cohort of students to take advantage of all the student support services the International Study Center has to offer.


Learn about student support services at the International Study Center