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International Student Services

The International Student Services office provides a wide range of services and programs to assist the Mount Union community and its international students. The office is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

The purpose of this office is to serve as an advocate for the international students and to educate our community about other cultures and the interdependence of our world.

Goals specific to international students include assisting them in adapting to and integrating into the American culture, the American educational system, and the Mount Union community. To meet these goals, the office staff advises international students on cultural adjustment, academic and financial concerns, and personal issues. This office also coordinates the Community Friend Program and organizes various activities to meet the needs of international students.

Life in the USA

Deciding to study abroad at the University of Mount Union will be a life-changing opportunity.  You will meet people from all over the world and USA on campus.  I encourage you to arrive in the USA with an open mind.  Learning about American culture while navigating a new classroom can sometimes be stressful.  Mount Union faculty and staff are here to welcome you and help you become a successful Global Raider!

Most travelers experience culture shock and it is important to know this is a normal part of adjusting to a new cultural environment.

Culture Shock is defined as a feeling of confusion, doubt, or nervousness caused by being in a place (such as a foreign country) that is very different from what you are used to ("Learner’s definition of Culture Shock." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 3 May 2017.)   

The United States Department of State provides detailed information on culture shock and strategies to reduce feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and frustration.  You are encouraged to talk with the staff in the International Student Services office regarding any questions you may have regarding culture shock.