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Roosevelt ISC director answers student FAQs


With fall classes starting this week, we caught up with Roosevelt University International Study Center director, Randy Hardwick, and talked about some of the most frequent questions asked by international students arriving to Roosevelt ISC. 

Roosevelt ISC Centre Director Randy Hardwick

Question: What can I expect in my first week?
Answer: Too much information and a sense of overload :) It will get better with each day as you begin to know your teachers and staff. By the end of the week you will know your way around the university and its surroundings. You will also know where to obtain essential services as well as how to use public transit to get around the city.

Q: What is it like to live in Chicago?
A: Chicago is one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Whether you are into sports, arts, entertainment, shopping, history, architecture, beaches, music…. whatever, few cities have as much to offer. It is easy to get around in Chicago because the city has an excellent transit system and Midwesterners are, generally, rather friendly people.

Q: Is there anything I should know about the cultural differences in the U.S.?
A: The United States is the most culturally diverse nation on earth, so one should be very careful about making general assumptions regarding cultural norms. In general, Americans place high value on individual freedom and are less bound by tradition than many other cultures. People enter into casual conversations easily, even with strangers, and assume that those who do not engage prefer to be left alone. Americans tend to be individualistic and they communicate directly.

Q: What sort of orientation activities will I take part in?
A: You will attend lectures about university rules and policies, as well as legal matters such as maintaining your student immigration status. You will participate in some social activities designed to let you get acquainted with other students (and some faculty) and your guides will give you tours of the campus as they walk you through a range of administrative procedures. They will also show you where to shop and give you tips about living at Roosevelt.

Q: Will it be easy to meet people and make new friends?
A: Making friends in a strange land is always a function of the student’s individual willingness to do so. You will have many opportunities to make new friends, but you must learn to take advantage of those opportunities. We encourage YOU to reach out to other people to make friends.

Q: Who can I talk to if I have problems?
A: Teachers are your first resource for matters relating to your studies. Your academic advisor and the program director are also easy to contact. Professional counselors are available for critical matters.

Q: Will I be able to find food from my home country?
A: Chicago has significant immigrant populations from virtually every country on the planet, so yes you will be able to find food from your home country...

Q: What about other people from my home country?
A: …As well as others from you home country. On the other hand, if you hang out mostly with people from your own country, eating food from your home country, you probably won’t make a lot of domestic friends.

Q: What if I need extra help with my studies?
A: We have a wide range of support that includes study groups, tutors, mentors, and a modern academic resource center.

We hope you found this Q&A useful. If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact us using our inquiry form here!