The International Programs Office (IPO) exists to support international students who are studying at the University of St. Francis. The IPO is guided by the Franciscan values of respect, integrity, service and compassion, and works to promote an environment in which students, faculty and staff can become aware of and involved with the global forces, people and perspectives that shape our world. We welcome you, international students!
You are basically being thrown into a new environment, a new culture, and maybe even a new education program. This can be very overwhelming. One piece of advice would be to learn about how the education system works in the U.S., how the grading system works, and what you need to do to graduate. Don’t be afraid to talk to your professors, advisors, and even alumni. Get informed on how things work, which classes you need to take (or not), and be proactive in your journey at USF.
Your Social Life
This one relates to homesickness. When it comes to our social lives, we expect a lot when entering university. However, we may not find that perfect group of friends during the first year. Not every person you will meet will appreciate your diversity or respect it. But take time to meet new people—whether it is in your classes, in clubs, at an event. There are many opportunities to talk to and get to know other students. Socializing as an international student can be a little hard, but don’t worry about your accent or how you may come off to people. Just be yourself, and people will appreciate you for it.