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International Opportunities
The University offers a number of opportunities to stay connected with and to develop and use your study abroad experience:
  • Study Abroad Ambassador Program: Sponsored by the CIE, this program for study abroad alumni provides you with the opportunity to share your study abroad experience with other students and to promote study abroad in general. CIE staff will train you on how and what to present to other students, and you will find or invent at least two (2) campus venues in a single semester in which to talk to other students, such as classroom presentations, reports in class, residence hall, sorority or fraternity house presentations, club and athletic meetings, and student government. You will receive a certificate of recognition and can add this experience to your resume. You are welcome to sign on for additional semesters.
     
  • International Student Mentoring Program: Also sponsored by the CIE, this program open to all Rider students provides you with the opportunity to be a one-semester "buddy" to incoming undergraduate and graduate international students. Remember all of the excitement, confusion and anxiousness that you felt abroad? Perhaps someone at your program or university location helped you get past those first weeks and became a dear friend in the process. Now you have the opportunity to "give back" and help a student from another country adjust to life at Rider and in America. Mentors meet with their mentees during international student orientations in fall or winter, and agree to communicate with them periodically during the first semester. You will receive a certificate of appreciation and can also put this experience on your resume. Again, you are welcome to continue with your mentee for another semester and/or offer to be a mentor for another student in the subsequent semester.
     
  • International Community Residence Hall--Gee Hall: Students on the Lawrenceville campus have the opportunity to live in an environment where domestic students room with international students, share their cultures and languages and build friendships that can last a lifetime. Study abroad students can use this as a way to extend and expand their overseas experience. Activities in Gee Lounge are organized around international themes.
     
  • International Students Club (RISA): RISA, the international students club, offers international students a venue to meet one another and organize activities and excursions. Domestic students are always welcome to join.
     
  • International Week: Every year, Rider celebrates "International Week," during which the entire community focuses on international issues, thinkers, artists and opportunities for students. The CIE sponsors an "International Opportunities Fair" in which colleges and schools, campus offices like Career Services and Auxiliary Services, departments and faculty as well as student groups set up tables that present a myriad of opportunities on campus for international activities. The CIE and the International Week organizing committee invite study abroad students to organize their own table or event during International Week in which they give testimony to how study abroad changed their lives.
     
  • Other Clubs: There are a number of ethnic clubs (Asian Students Club, LASO (Latin American Students Organization) and language clubs (Chinese, French, German, Slavic and Spanish) that offer study abroad returnees the opportunity to continue their cultural and linguistic contact and growth with their host country.
     
  • Model United Nations: Rider has its own Model United Nations team that each year represents a country in the annual U. N. competition. The University's team has received numerous awards. You can apply your experience abroad and the cultural and linguistic skills that you have developed by applying to be a member of this prestigious program. Students enroll in a spring course and the competition takes place in March. Contact Dr. Barbara Franz (bfranz@rider.edu) for more information.
     
  • Rider Radio Multi-lingual radio program: Dr. Hernan Fontanet of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures acts as faculty adviser to a multi-lingual, multi-cultural radio show. Contact him at hfontanet@rider.edu for more details.
     
  • Global Studies, Area Studies (Chinese Studies, European Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Slavic Studies minors) , International Business and foreign languages majors (French, German, Russian and Spanish) and minors (aforementioned and Italian): When you return from study abroad, you may find that you would like to build on your experience and the courses that you took abroad by adding a major or minor in one of these academic fields. Contact the following faculty:

 

Area Studies Dr. Barbara Franz at  bfranz@rider.edu
Area Studies Minors  
Chinese Studies Dr. Diqing Lou  dilou@rider.edu or Dr. Shunzhu Wang  shuwang@rider.edu
European Studies Dr. Barry Seldes  seldes@rider.edu
Latin American & Caribbean Studies Dr. Hernan Fontanet  hfontanet@rider.edu
Slavic Studies Dr. Lucien Frary  lfrary@rider.edu
Foreign Language Majors & Minors Dr.MaryPoteau-Tralie poteautralie@rider.edu
Global Studies Dr. Frank Rusciano  rusciano@rider.edu
International Business Dr. Susan Denbo  denbo@rider.edu

 

  • Internships in the U. S. with an international focus: By majoring or minoring in the aforementioned areas, or by speaking with your advisor, you may be able to find an internship opportunity with an international or multi-culturally focused organization or company in which you can use and develop our intercultural and foreign language skills.
     
    Consider exploring the U. S. Department of State Student Program.
    http://www.state.gov/. The Department of State sponsors a number of internships for highly qualified college or university juniors, seniors, and graduate students. The internships include the Student Internship Program, the Cooperative Education Program, the Summer Clerical Program, the Stay-In-School Program, and Foreign Affairs Fellowships.
     
    Another internship program, primarily offered in the summer is the U. S. Information Agency (USIA) Internship Program at
    http://dosfan.lib.uic.edu/usia. This is a volunteer internship program. The USIA is the division of the U. S. government responsible for international information, education, and exchange programs designed to promote understanding of American society and culture and U. S. foreign policy.
     
  • Study Tours and Summer Employment: Study Tours, administered through Rider's Auxiliary Services office, provides European high school students two-week American experiences that include language study, cultural tours and fun on campus. Study Tours hires Rider students as workers for this program, which extends throughout the summer. Contact Lauren Randolph for information (lrandolph@rider.edu) or call Auxiliary Services at 896-7000.
     
  • Study Abroad Again: You may discover that your summer or semester abroad has only just wetted your appetite for studying and living overseas. Rider allows students to study abroad again. You can choose a study-focused program or one that includes internships and/or service learning opportunities, like our CAPA-London program for example. Faculty and staff also offer short-term international travel projects during the January interim, spring break and summer for academic credit.

Learn more about international opportunities available to students at Rider.

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