Connections

The Global Buddies Program is focused on engaging international and domestic students in fun activities to create meaningful friendships. The program is open to brand new international students as mentees. We will match interested international and domestic students together for a semester-long program, including planned events and outings.

What activities do Global Buddies do?

You are expected to meet with your buddy at least one hour each a week, such as having a lunch, watching a movie, or attending a hockey game. We offer social and cultural events during the semester that you are encouraged to attend with your buddy. There is a Global Buddies Leadership Council, which organizes monthly activities to engage all members so that you will have opportunity to meet with other students. Everyone is encouraged to be in the Leadership Council and foster the community.

How to Join Global Buddies

Global Buddies welcome event  Global Buddies on hayride at event

Students wearing their organization shirts.Do you want to meet students from all over the world? Do you want to plan campus-wide programs for all students on campus? Do you want to get involved as a leader on Miami’s campus and as a liaison between international students and the ISSS office? Join the International Student Organization!

Who are we?

The International Student Organization (ISO) welcomes anyone with an interest in international and/or multicultural issues. ISO aims to increase understanding of international issues, offer dynamic and relevant international-themed programming, improve and lobby for the creation of international student services, and provide avenues for intercultural exchange at Miami University by collaborating with university offices, student organizations and individuals in an atmosphere of mutual respect and positive engagement.

Signature Programs

ISO’s signature programs include an annual King’s Island Theme Park Trip and Paintball Tournament, as well as organizing Intercontinental Week for all international student organizations on campus to be involved in.

MUISO logo links to the student org
Join ISO!

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Each month, the ISSS office hosts student representatives, called International Ambassadors, from the organizations below to form a council of international leaders, the International Leadership Council (ILC). These student leaders are liaisons between their organizations and the ISSS office.

Purpose of the ILC

  • Create connections across campus!
  • Advertise events among the student organizations and ISSS
  • Promote collaboration among student organizations to plan and implement large campus-wide events
  • Build relationships among student organization leaders and share effective ways to manage student organizations
  • Invite campus and community guests to learn more about international students’ experiences
  • Share suggestions for how ISSS can continue to improve resources for students
  • And many more items! If you have an idea, we would love to hear it!

Involved Organizations

  • African Students’ Union (ASU)
  • Asian American Association (AAA)
  • Association of Latino and American Students (ALAS)
  • Chinese American Cultural Association (CACA)
  • Chinese Information Association (CIA)
  • C-Hope International Volunteer Organization
  • Indian Student Association (ISA)
  • International Perspective Organization (IPO)
  • International Student Advisory Council (ISAC)
  • International Student Organization (ISO)
  • Miami University Graduate Students of All Nations (GSAN)
  • Miami University Iranians
  • Team Signal
  • Taiwanese Student Association (TSA)
  • Vietnamese Student Association (VSA)

Become an International Ambassador!

If you are interested in being part of the International Leadership Council, check out the MU HUB to see which of these organizations fits your interest. Then, let the organization know that you would like to represent them on the ILC to be a liaison with the ISSS office. We are always excited to see new faces!

iPOL leader on tour with studentsiPOL Leadership Team

International Peer Orientation Leaders (iPOLs) are undergraduate or graduate students who assist ISSS with welcoming new international students to Miami University. iPOLs play an integral role in shaping a positive orientation experience for new international students and preparing them to achieve success at Miami University. (all five subsections below formatted into expandable boxes? With the plus sign?)

Responsibilities

  • Attend and participate in required iPOL training (in March and April), as well as the entire international student orientation (held during August) each year.
  • Serve as a resource in answering questions about Miami University, the Oxford community, and life in the U.S.
  • Connect new international students with university resources and introduce them to university policies
  • Facilitate small group discussions about cultural adjustment
  • Plan and facilitate orientation activities (cultural and/or recreational)
  • Assist with airport pick-up transportation and helping students move into the residence halls with their luggage
  • Assist with document check, TB tests, and orientation sessions
  • Live on campus for the first week of orientation with new students and monitor social activities
  • Respond promptly to emails regarding your schedule and work responsibilities

Required Qualifications

  • Enrolled full-time at Miami University as an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Completed at least one semester at Miami University at the time of application
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the time of application
  • Have no other obligations during your employment as an iPOL
  • Effective cross-cultural communication skills and cross-cultural sensitivity in working with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to direct students to appropriate campus units or resources, and answer questions
  • Punctual, reliable, flexible and enthusiastic
  • Ability to proactively solve problems and take initiative to assist ISSS staff to improve the quality of orientation
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and listening skills
  • Ability to plan and lead recreational activities

Compensation

  • Paid the hourly rate for Student Aide at Miami
  • On-campus housing during the first week of orientation
  • iPOL t-shirt

Important Dates

  • You MUST be able to attend the training and the entire orientation.
  • Written Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  • Group Interview Dates: Wednesday, March 8, (5 pm – 6:30 pm) or Thursday, March 9, (5:00 pm – 6:30 pm)
  • Individual Interview Dates: the week of March 13 (TBD)
  • Mandatory iPOL Training: March 31 (5-9 pm), April 8 (Time TBD), and April 22 (Time TBD)
  • International Student Orientation: August 14 through August 27, 2017

How To Apply

Application process for 2018 will open and applications will be available around February 2018.

Global Buddies

The Global Buddies Program is focused on engaging international and domestic students in fun activities to create meaningful friendships. The program is open to brand new international students as mentees. We will match interested international and domestic students together for a semester-long program, including planned events and outings.

What activities do Global Buddies do?

You are expected to meet with your buddy at least one hour each a week, such as having a lunch, watching a movie, or attending a hockey game. We offer social and cultural events during the semester that you are encouraged to attend with your buddy. There is a Global Buddies Leadership Council, which organizes monthly activities to engage all members so that you will have opportunity to meet with other students. Everyone is encouraged to be in the Leadership Council and foster the community.

How to Join Global Buddies

Global Buddies welcome event  Global Buddies on hayride at event

International Student Organization

Students wearing their organization shirts.Do you want to meet students from all over the world? Do you want to plan campus-wide programs for all students on campus? Do you want to get involved as a leader on Miami’s campus and as a liaison between international students and the ISSS office? Join the International Student Organization!

Who are we?

The International Student Organization (ISO) welcomes anyone with an interest in international and/or multicultural issues. ISO aims to increase understanding of international issues, offer dynamic and relevant international-themed programming, improve and lobby for the creation of international student services, and provide avenues for intercultural exchange at Miami University by collaborating with university offices, student organizations and individuals in an atmosphere of mutual respect and positive engagement.

Signature Programs

ISO’s signature programs include an annual King’s Island Theme Park Trip and Paintball Tournament, as well as organizing Intercontinental Week for all international student organizations on campus to be involved in.

MUISO logo links to the student org
Join ISO!

facebook logo

International Leadership Council

Each month, the ISSS office hosts student representatives, called International Ambassadors, from the organizations below to form a council of international leaders, the International Leadership Council (ILC). These student leaders are liaisons between their organizations and the ISSS office.

Purpose of the ILC

  • Create connections across campus!
  • Advertise events among the student organizations and ISSS
  • Promote collaboration among student organizations to plan and implement large campus-wide events
  • Build relationships among student organization leaders and share effective ways to manage student organizations
  • Invite campus and community guests to learn more about international students’ experiences
  • Share suggestions for how ISSS can continue to improve resources for students
  • And many more items! If you have an idea, we would love to hear it!

Involved Organizations

  • African Students’ Union (ASU)
  • Asian American Association (AAA)
  • Association of Latino and American Students (ALAS)
  • Chinese American Cultural Association (CACA)
  • Chinese Information Association (CIA)
  • C-Hope International Volunteer Organization
  • Indian Student Association (ISA)
  • International Perspective Organization (IPO)
  • International Student Advisory Council (ISAC)
  • International Student Organization (ISO)
  • Miami University Graduate Students of All Nations (GSAN)
  • Miami University Iranians
  • Team Signal
  • Taiwanese Student Association (TSA)
  • Vietnamese Student Association (VSA)

Become an International Ambassador!

If you are interested in being part of the International Leadership Council, check out the MU HUB to see which of these organizations fits your interest. Then, let the organization know that you would like to represent them on the ILC to be a liaison with the ISSS office. We are always excited to see new faces!

International Peer Orientation Leader (iPOL)

iPOL leader on tour with studentsiPOL Leadership Team

International Peer Orientation Leaders (iPOLs) are undergraduate or graduate students who assist ISSS with welcoming new international students to Miami University. iPOLs play an integral role in shaping a positive orientation experience for new international students and preparing them to achieve success at Miami University. (all five subsections below formatted into expandable boxes? With the plus sign?)

Responsibilities

  • Attend and participate in required iPOL training (in March and April), as well as the entire international student orientation (held during August) each year.
  • Serve as a resource in answering questions about Miami University, the Oxford community, and life in the U.S.
  • Connect new international students with university resources and introduce them to university policies
  • Facilitate small group discussions about cultural adjustment
  • Plan and facilitate orientation activities (cultural and/or recreational)
  • Assist with airport pick-up transportation and helping students move into the residence halls with their luggage
  • Assist with document check, TB tests, and orientation sessions
  • Live on campus for the first week of orientation with new students and monitor social activities
  • Respond promptly to emails regarding your schedule and work responsibilities

Required Qualifications

  • Enrolled full-time at Miami University as an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Completed at least one semester at Miami University at the time of application
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the time of application
  • Have no other obligations during your employment as an iPOL
  • Effective cross-cultural communication skills and cross-cultural sensitivity in working with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to direct students to appropriate campus units or resources, and answer questions
  • Punctual, reliable, flexible and enthusiastic
  • Ability to proactively solve problems and take initiative to assist ISSS staff to improve the quality of orientation
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and listening skills
  • Ability to plan and lead recreational activities

Compensation

  • Paid the hourly rate for Student Aide at Miami
  • On-campus housing during the first week of orientation
  • iPOL t-shirt

Important Dates

  • You MUST be able to attend the training and the entire orientation.
  • Written Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  • Group Interview Dates: Wednesday, March 8, (5 pm – 6:30 pm) or Thursday, March 9, (5:00 pm – 6:30 pm)
  • Individual Interview Dates: the week of March 13 (TBD)
  • Mandatory iPOL Training: March 31 (5-9 pm), April 8 (Time TBD), and April 22 (Time TBD)
  • International Student Orientation: August 14 through August 27, 2017

How To Apply

Application process for 2018 will open and applications will be available around February 2018.