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Global Fulbright Students Return to Miami Dade College for Gateway Orientation to U.S. Culture

Fulbright Students

Miami, July 31, 2013 - Miami Dade College (MDC) will once again host dozens of graduate students from more than 60 countries as part of this year’s Fulbright Gateway Orientation, taking place at the College’s downtown Wolfson Campus from Aug. 19 - 23. More than 70 participants, some of the brightest students worldwide, have been awarded Fulbright Foreign Student scholarships by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to work toward master’s and doctoral degrees at universities throughout the United States.

 As the largest and most diverse institute of higher education in the United States, MDC will serve as a bridge for the students to become familiar with U.S. academic life and culture before beginning their studies. MDC’s College Provost Dr. Rolando Montoya will deliver the welcoming remarks at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, August 20, in Room 7128. Working media is invited to attend.

 Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the Fulbright Gateway Orientation Program is designed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in cooperation with ECA. The Fulbright Gateway Orientations are intended to address participants’ roles and responsibilities as Fulbrighters and to enhance their skills for academic, personal, and professional success while in the United States.

 Led by MDC faculty and staff, the orientation sessions will cover topics such as U.S. academic culture, U.S. politics and people, the history of North American art, and jazz as America’s classical music. Other topics include issues essential to students’ adjustment, such as culture shock and getting settled into a new place. The students, representing numerous languages, cultures and academic disciplines, will also have an opportunity to learn about the history of the City of Miami. Activities include a an American-style barbecue, a boat tour on Biscayne Bay, and dinner at an area establishment.

 Student ambassadors from MDC’s Honors College will help with registration and participate in some of the sessions and activities with the Fulbright students. Faculty and staff of MDC and invited guests will also join the Fulbright students for meals and evening activities.


To learn more about the Fulbright Gateway Orientation, please contact Professor Dorothy Avondstondt at 305-237-7598 or

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