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Welcoming the 2015 Incoming Class

September 28, 2015
The Widener University International Study Center welcomes the incoming class of 2015.

Widener University kicked-off another school year welcoming a diverse group of international students. Representing 7 countries from around the world, the group is looking forward to studying in the United States. They are part of the pathway program and will spend most of their first year improving their English language skills through the on-campus International Study Center.

The student orientation consisted of getting to know the staff, the campus life and the city of Philadelphia. ISC Center Director James Boney said, "Widener University takes special care to provide the ISC students with a unique orientation process that sets the foundation for a transformative educational and personal experience. This includes a tailored process that not only introduces the students to the Widener community, but focuses on the cultural benefits of studying in the Philadelphia area as well." The students will become familiar with a different country, a new school and learn a new language.

The Head of English, Lauren McConatha, will play a key role in the language transition that will ultimately lead the students to their bachelor's program, "As an educator, I am committed to delivering strong curriculum and am consistently looking for ways to improve upon existing course material and instructional methodologies. While academic content and stimulating tasks are the core components of a successful classroom, I also believe emphasis should be put on creating a supportive and collaborative classroom community."

Widener is looking to expand their international student intake. With their highly rated Business school, Hospitality Management program, and Engineering school, they intend to draw students who have globalization in mind as they learn skills from the United States that can be practiced in their home countries. The Pre-Master's program is also available to students who completed their bachelor's degree in their homeland, perhaps have work experience, and now wish to take their career to the next level. Going to another country will give them a new perspective on their careers and lives as well as introduce other cultures to our American community.

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