International Event and Programs
Throughout the year, Tiffin University hosts a variety of events and services for our international student body. These vary in scope from informational sessions regarding F-1 visa regulations to events that promote cultural exchange. Please see below for a list of many of our regularly scheduled events.
- Adopt a Dragon
- Airport Shuttle Service
- CPT/OPT Training Sessions
- Food & Culture Series
- Holiday Host Program
- International Dinner
- International Flag Ceremony
- Learn a Language in an Hour
- New2TU Mentorship Program
- Orientation programs
- TU Taxi
Airport Shuttle Service
All Tiffin University students are invited to use the Airport Shuttle Service. This service provides transportation to and from the Detroit (DTW) and Columbus (CMH) airports for official University breaks. Request forms are required and deadlines are applicable for all shuttles. Please see the Airport Shuttle Service Request Form and the Transportation Policy for more details.
CPT/OPT Training Sessions
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) are internship and employment opportunities for international students, though the application process can be confusing. We host regular training sessions to provide easy-to-follow guidelines for these programs as well as answer student questions. CPT and OPT handouts are available here.
Food & Culture Series
The Food & Culture series provides all TU faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to learn about the interconnection between culture and cuisine. Each lecture focuses on a specific region or country, and immediately following the presentation, attendees are welcome to eat in Cole Dining Hall for a lunch that highlights the particular region or country that was discussed. Students who attend the lecture receive personal development co-curricular credit.
Holiday Host Program
Some of the most celebrated holidays in America include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. What better way to experience traditional family life in the U.S. than the partaking in the customs and traditions of these holidays. Interested international students simply sign up to participate and are then paired with a local host family for the holiday.
Each spring, the World Student Association hosts the International Dinner to celebrate the food, culture, and traditions of our diverse international student body. The dinner features a menu of recipes submitted by students and music and dance performances by students as well.
International Flag Ceremony
The annual International Flag Ceremony is sponsored by the World Student Association and always well attended. This event welcomes our new international students to campus and honors those returning. Students from countries that are new to TU also have their countries’ flags inducted into the international flag corridor in Gillmor Student Center. The ceremony is held yearly during the U.S. Department of State’s International Education Week in November.
Learn a Language in an Hour
With over 15 languages represented on campus, Tiffin University is brimming with richness and diversity of tongue! Each year, we host several seminars to teach basic words and phrases in a variety of languages. The goal is to contribute to a welcoming environment, and just saying hello and good bye in someone’s native language can mean a lot!
New2TU Mentorship Program
Tiffin University welcomes new students from Ohio, across the United States, and almost 30 countries around the world. Students move onto campus only days before the semester begins. Once they arrive, they are confronted with a handful of anxieties and emotions including homesickness, culture shock, and academic stress. The New2TU Mentorship Program was created to help new students connect with current Tiffin University students to alleviate some of the initial stress and apprehension of the new environment. The program aims to ease the transition to college life at Tiffin University and create friendships in the process.
Each fall and spring when new students arrive, it is important to orient them not only to Tiffin University, but to the community of Tiffin as a whole. We spend 3-5 days each semester to ensure that students receive all of the necessary information and support to make their stay in the U.S. as academically and personally satisfying as possible. For more information, please visit the Arrival and Orientation website.
Tiffin University provides the TU Taxi every Wednesday (unless otherwise noted) during the fall and spring semesters from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The taxi will travel within the city limits of Tiffin and outside of Tiffin within a 30 mile radius. Appointments are required and recommended to be made at least 24 hours in advance. To utilize the taxi, students must visit the Student Affairs Office or email Transportation@tiffin.edu. Please see Transportation Policy for more details.
For more information about these events and services, please contact Rachel Crooks, Director of International Student Advising, at CrooksRN@tiffin.edu or (419) 448-3369.