International Current Students
Throughout the year, the International Admissions & Student Services offices host a variety of events for our international student body. These vary in scope from events related to F-1 visa regulations to those that help bring international culture and tradition to TU, and vice versa. Please see below for a list of many of our regularly scheduled events.
- Coffee & Dessert Hour
- CPT/OPT Training Sessions
- Food & Culture Lunch Series
- International Flag Ceremony
- International Dinner
- New2TU Mentorship Program
- Orientation programs
- Thanksgiving Dinner with TU Faculty & Staff
- TU Taxi
Coffee & Dessert Hour
The Coffee & Dessert Hour series is designed to be a fun way to gather our international students together to talk about their experiences both inside and outside the classroom. We supply the food and drink, and international students help provide the conversation. We lighten the mood with some games and prizes, too!
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.
Food & Culture Lunch Series
The Food & Culture Lunch 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. The series for the 2011-2012 academic year is as follows:
- September 26, 2012: Brazilian Cuisine
- October 10, 2012: Cajun/Creole Cuisine
- December 5, 2012: Spanish Cuisine
- January 23, 2013: Chinese Cuisine
- March 20, 2013: Greek Cuisine
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. This year, the event will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2012, which is during the U.S. Department of State’s International Education Week.
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.
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.
Thanksgiving Dinner with TU Faculty & Staff
One of the best-loved holidays in America is Thanksgiving, and what better way to enjoy food and tradition than spending it with a TU family member. We pair international students with TU faculty and staff members to take part in their families’ dinner and traditions.
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. Trips outside the city limits of Tiffin will require an appointment made at least 24 hours in advance. Appointments are recommended for trips in Tiffin, though it is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To utilize the taxi, students must call or visit the International Student Services Office.
For more information about these events, please contact Rachel Crooks, Director of International Student Services, at CrooksRN@tiffin.edu or (419) 448-3369.