Wilkes held an orientation for over 20 new international students who arrived on campus this week. The students hail from countries around the world including India, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Vietnam, Pakistan, Morocco, Greece and one student from Kiev, Ukraine.
The students were celebrated during a ceremony with welcome messages from President Greg Cant and Provost David Ward. President Greg Cant congratulated the students for the courage to travel outside of their country to learn new things. When you do that, he said, “you truly learn to embrace what it means to be global. You succeeding here will affect everything else that will happen in your life.” Cant also shared his personal story of traveling the world since the age of 16, and how it led him to the United States, and ultimately to Wilkes University. Provost David Ward encouraged the students to get engaged outside the classroom at Wilkes. “If you go to a basketball game or join a club, you will perform better in the classroom. Take advantage of everything the University has to offer,” he said.
The undergraduate and graduate students will be studying English (IEP); sports management, computer science, nursing, criminology, management, biology, mechanical engineering, biochemistry, accounting, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.
Cathy Lee Arcuino, executive director of Global Outreach, had this to share about why an international component is so important to the Wilkes University culture:
To learn more about international student programs, visit the Office of Global Engagement website.
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