The University of North Dakota Office of International Programs along with NAFSA: Association of International Educators will host a statewide meeting of those involved in international education on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Memorial Union. The University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Dakota College, Minot State University, Mayville State University, Williston State College, NDSCS, Northland Community & Technical College, Dickinson State University, Jamestown College and Valley City State University will be in attendance. Representatives from Senator Kent Conrad, Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg will arrive at 1 p.m.
The meeting will bring to the representatives issues facing international students. Topics involve what international students will face, such as immigration reform, foreign student hiring practices, challenges with student visas and restrictions placed on international students while they are here. The colleges involved are a mix of both private and public institutions.
The Office of International Programs promotes and supports international education on campus, creating study abroad opportunities for students. The Office also supports the UND international population including students, faculty, scholars, and dependents, and fosters international cultural awareness.
Formerly the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors, NAFSA: Association of International Educators aims to enhance the living and learning environments of international students. It supports international education, research and scholarship. It was formed in 1948 in response to 25,000 exchange students coming to the United States after World War II. Its goal was to hold American colleges and universities accountable for the assistance and advisement of international students. The program has continued to grow. There are 6,400 NAFSA members on 1,800 campuses to assist 400,000 foreign students in the United States.
Ray Lagasse, director
UND International Programs