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Presenter: Molly Heidemann, Director for International Student and Scholar Services

The international student population at Miami University has increased in the past 10 years. This greater student diversity has also created new expectations for the Miami community to support international students in their transition to U.S. college life and ensure their academic success. In this workshop, you will learn about our international student population at Miami and the academic challenges they face. These students must learn to navigate a new country, a new culture, a new language, and a new educatiional system. The majority of this session will be devoted to Questions with a panel of international students speaking about their personal experiences with cultural transition. Bring your questions and be prepared to gain new insights into the experience of this growing population at Miami.

Molly Heidemann, Director for International Student and Scholar Services, has advised a growing population of international students and scholars at Miami University since 2008. She provides leadership and strategic planning for the ISSS unit, advises visiting scholars, facilitates workshops and other outreach for campus partners on supporting our international students, and oversees Miami's compliance with the Department of Homeland Security. She also travels to China each summer to conduct pre-departure orientation events for incoming Chinese students. Originally from Sidney, Ohio, she earned her B.S. in Psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati and went on to obtain her M.A. in Social Science from the University of Chicago, where she focused on Arabic students' attitudes toward counseling.