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Global Student Scholars Return to Miami Dade College for Fulbright Gateway Orientation Aug. 13-17


Miami, August 9, 2012 - For the ninth year, Miami Dade College (MDC) will welcome 83 students from 52 countries as part of the 2012 Fulbright Gateway Orientation. The participants, some of the brightest students worldwide, have been awarded Fulbright Foreign Students scholarships to work toward master’s and doctoral degrees at universities throughout the U.S.

It is rare to have in one room students from every corner of the world, representing so many different cultures, languages and major fields of study, who will one day be leaders in their chosen professions in order to help improve conditions of their countries.

MDC will serve as a bridge for the students to become familiar with academic life and culture in the U.S. before beginning their studies. The College will host an orientation session Aug. 13 – 17 at its Wolfson Campus, Emerging Technologies Center of the Americas, 500 NE Second Avenue, Building 7.

Betty Castor, a former Florida Commissioner of Education appointed by President Obama to the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board, will address the students at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, August 14, in Room 7128. 

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by the Institute of International Education, Gateway Orientations provide an overview of Fulbright goals and traditions, a basic understanding of the American education system, and practical advice on college life. 

Led by MDC faculty and staff, the orientation sessions will cover academic topics such as Understanding U.S. Academic Culture, Cross Cultural Awareness, U.S. Politics & People, Historical Overview of the U.S. from Colonization to the Cold War, and Jazz, America’s Classical Music. Other topics include issues essential to their adjustment, such as culture shock, stress management, legal rights as a non-citizen and getting settled in a new place.

The cross-cultural workshops will address understanding both academic and American culture, as well as other cultures. In the evenings, the scholars will also have an opportunity to learn about the history of the City of Miami and will visit South Beach for an American barbecue at Club Nikki, take a boat tour on Biscayne Bay, and have dinner at area restaurants like The Knife Bayside.

To learn more about the Fulbright Gateway Orientation, please contact Professor  Maureen O’Hara at 305-237-3127 or

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