Bloomington, IN—The IU2U program, a collaborative effort at Indiana University Bloomington that introduces incoming international students to life at IU, will expand its geographical reach this summer with an additional stop in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. IU will again offer workshops in Beijing and Shanghai, China; Gurgaon, India; Bangkok, Thailand and Seoul, South Korea.
IU2U fosters student success by offering international students the opportunity to prepare for the academics, culture and engagement opportunities they will find at IU Bloomington. Currently, 270 students are registered to participate in this year’s session, which represent more than 30 percent of all undergraduate international students starting at IU this fall.
While students attend workshops to learn about student culture, setting academic and personal goals, curricular planning and course selection, their parents are invited to attend workshops on helping from home and education in the US. IU staff and current undergraduate students will lead sessions.
“IU2U strengthens students’ preparation for life at IU Bloomington which translates to success in their undergraduate experience and future plans,” said Dennis Groth, vice provost for undergraduate education at IU Bloomington. “We are seeing greater retention and student engagement as a result of IU2U, and we are making important connections with students’ natural support systems—their families.”
Workshops will take place in Seoul and Dubai on June 2, Beijing on June 4 and 5, Shanghai on June 9 and 10, Gurgaon on June 4 and 5 and Bangkok on June 10. IU2U will host post-workshop receptions to connect alumni and new students at each stop.
On-campus activities will reunite current undergraduate students and IU2U participants during Welcome Week in August.
IU2U is a collaboration between the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, The Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Inclusion and Diversity, the Office of the Vice President for International Services, the Office of the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and the IU Alumni Association.
For more information about IU2U and the team of students traveling for this year’s workshops, visit http://iu2u.indiana.edu.The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Indiana University Bloomington facilitates a broad range of activities that promote innovation and enrichment in the curriculum and leads campus-wide programs and initiatives in support of outstanding academic experiences for all undergraduates. For more information, visit http://ovpue.indiana.edu.