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GLOBAL CAROLINA

2019-2020

ANNUAL REPORT

NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK MAGDALENA GRUDZINSKI-HALL, Ph.D

Executive Director of Global Carolina, Interim Director of Education Abroad Welcome to Global Carolina’s inaugural annual report that captures the 2019-20 activities of the unit, comprised of the Business Office, the Education Abroad Office, English Programs for Internationals, the International Accelerator Program, and International Student Services. This past year has not been easy for us, but I am proud of the adjustments and achievements that our team has made. You may remember when, at the beginning of 2020, the Global Carolina office began to prepare messaging and mobilized to respond to the evolving global health situation. The assistance from our global and domestic partners helped us guide our students and faculty through the difficult time in early spring. International Student Services worked with international students studying on campus during the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, and our staff assisted students to find their place on campus while international travel was restricted. We recalled 800 spring study abroad students from around the world, with all students completing their education abroad experience virtually. Although this was a stressful time for everyone, Global Carolina’s staff and faculty maintained and delivered a successful academic year. We saw a total of 1,192 completed education abroad experiences, 20 faculty led global classrooms (with an additional 46 approved but cancelled due to COVID-19), 250 exchange students studying at UofSC, 192 individual students participating in the English Program for Internationals, and almost 2,000 international students active on our campus. The most encouraging result of the 2019-2020 academic year is how quickly and effectively Global Carolina has been able to pivot to virtual modalities and continue to engage with our students. We are committed to developing innovative tools, workshops, modifying advising processes, and engaging with our students and faculty via available technology. Global Carolina, like UofSC in general, will continue to move forward toward greater progress. We thank our faculty and campus partners for the work that has already been accomplished as well as their unparalleled flexibility and patience, and we look forward to your continued support and collaboration. On behalf of the entire Global Carolina staff, thank you.

OUR MISSION Global Carolina maximizes student and faculty access to global learning, maintains a globally diverse student body, and supports international scholarly endeavors. Our services and programs facilitate international and American students' engagement with international learning both in and beyond the classroom.

CONTENTS

BUSINESS OFFICE

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20

ENGLISH PROGRAMS FOR INTERNATIONALS

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EDUCATION ABROAD OFFICE

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INTERNATIONAL ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

30 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES

39 CONTACT

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BUSINESS OFFICE The Global Carolina Business Office seeks to provide a professional and helpful service to Global Carolina departments and their faculty and staff. With a focus on budget and HR management, the office helps meet each department’s goals and needs.

MEET OUR STAFF Abby Callahan

Business Manager [email protected]

Colby Williams Human Resources and Database Coordinator [email protected]

James P. Jacocks

Administrative Coordinator to Dr. Grudzinski-Hall [email protected]

Chin-Tser Huang, Ph.D Global Carolina Regional Director: China and Taiwan [email protected]

David A. Cardenas, Ph.D Global Carolina Regional Director: Latin and South America [email protected]

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The Global Carolina Buisness Office supports the international activities of colleges and departments across campus by helping facilitate international collaboration and exchange agreements with worldwide institutions. We ensure that all college and department contract liaisons are meeting university requirements when developing and creating international agreements. Our office works with these liaisons by offering training and support of the Global Carolina Mobility system. This database ensures that each agreement has had the proper approvals before it can be established with the partner institution.

The Business Office works closely with the Education Abroad Office and International Student Services to upload and monitor Global Carolina fees to student Banner accounts. We also work with our international insurance partner to enroll every student participating in education abroad programs into insurance, along with

The Business Office also provides support to the International Accelerator Program in many capacities. We work with various university offices in monitoring student records to ensure that students are accurately coded as IAP students; communicate with university offices regarding student and sponsor payments; and

employees and students traveling abroad for business conferences, site visits, and research. The Business Office also coordinates with English Programs for Internationals to facilitate tuition payments and student onboarding.

manage the financial responsibilities for personnel, tuition, instruction, international sponsors, and operational expenses that are associated with the IAP.

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EDUCATION ABROAD OFFICE The Education Abroad Office aims to support the goals of the Global Carolina initiative and serve the university community by engaging in global partnerships and providing accessible, safe and high quality international experiences for students that enhance their academic, personal and cultural learning. A fundamental aspect of the Education Abroad Office’s mission is to support students throughout their international learning experiences. The figures in this section capture the participation of outgoing UofSC students and the incoming exchange students that our office supports.

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MEET OUR STAFF Magdalena Grudzinski-Hall, Ph.D

Executive Director of Global Carolina, Interim Director of Education Abroad [email protected]

Morgan Morris Inabinet

Nadia Tucker

Allison Kretschmar

Anuja Parikh

Taylor Armstrong

Rachel Mills

Jenna Rees-White

Ailie MacLennan

Global Collaborations Manager [email protected]

Graduate Assistant [email protected]

Hannah Quire

Kristina Fedeczko

Assistant Director of Global Health, Safety, and Security [email protected]

Interim Assistant Director [email protected]

Education Abroad Advisor [email protected]

Graduate Assistant [email protected]

Marketing and Recruitment Manager [email protected]

Education Abroad Advisor, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator [email protected]

Enrollment Coordinator [email protected]

Graduate Assistant [email protected]

EDUCATION ABROAD PEER-REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS • Grudzinski-Hall, Magdalena. Creating Faculty Champions: An Education Abroad Certification Series. Co-presenter, FORUM on Education Abroad Annual Conference, April 2020. • Inabinet, Morgan. U.S. Department of State Resources for U.S. Student Safety Overseas. Co-presenter, NAFSA Annual Conference. May 2019. • Armstrong, T. (2019, November 18) Parents: The Hidden Stakeholders in Study Abroad. Peer-reviewed presentation delivered at the NAFSA Region VII Conference, Orlando, FL. • Parikh, Anuja. Leveraging Faculty to Increase Study Abroad Participation Amongst Underrepresented Students. Presenter, Diversity Abroad Annual Conference. August 2020.

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ANNUAL REPORT 2019/2020

UNDERGRADUATE PARTICIPATION The Education Abroad Office has made great strides in the internationalization of the University of South Carolina through education abroad experiences, broken down by term and type for the academic year:

1,163 27

winter break

total experiences

222

191

total students

fall fall semester

spring break

1,192 9

19% participated in an education abroad experience

20

spring spring semester

returned home in the spring due to COVID-19

8

virtual courses taken

total COVID-19 withdrawals **

812

1

academic year

743

summer *

global classroom

16

765

virtual internship conducted over the summer

successfully petitioned to remain abroad for Spring 2020

* Summer 2020 experienced a large drop in number due to Covid-19 withdrawals ** COVID-19 withdrawals breakdown: 787 undergraduates, 24 graduates, and 1 unknown.

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In 2019-2020, 1,163 students from the Columbia campus participated in an education abroad opportunity. Undergraduate education abroad participation rates from Fall 2010 through Spring 2020 at the UofSC Columbia campus: 2000

1929 1743

1913

1774

1514

1500

1422 1250

1163

1117 1000

984

Number of Students

500

10-11

11-12

12-13

Year of Enrollment

13-14

14-15

15-16

16-17

17-18

18-19

19-20

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ANNUAL REPORT 2019/2020

ENROLLMENT BY COLLEGE Breakdown of education abroad enrollment by school or college and the rate of increase or decrease from previous academic years: 700

684

600

561

500

454

400

Number of Students

300 200 100

266

175

164

158 122

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Honors College

19-20

114

Capstone Scholars

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DEMOGRAPHICS Demographic breakdown of the 1,163 individual undergraduate participants:

Gender Profile

FEMALE

68% (795) MALE

32% (368)

The general UofSC undergraduate student population is 53% female and 47% male.

1.5% SC resident - 29.6%

Non-SC Resident - 70.4%

Ethnic Background

Residency Profile

Students were asked on their education abroad applications to self-report ethnic background. 16% of education abroad students identified themselves as an ethnic minority; the general UofSC undergraduate population is 23% minority students.

The general UofSC undergraduate student population for 2019-20 was 56% resident and 44% non-resident.

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DESTINATIONS

ANNUAL REPORT 2019/2020

1. Spain 2. Italy 3. Australia 4. France 5. England

Top 10 Destinations:

5 8 4 2 1 7

6. China 7. Guatemala 8. Germany 9. Cuba 10. Hong Kong

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9

10

3

56

Countries Traveled

Participation by Country

Argentina (5) Aruba (12) Australia (70) Austria (18) Belgium (6) Belize (1) Brazil (10) Canada (15) Chile (18) China (52) Costa Rica (17) Cuba (31) Cyprus (1) Czech Republic (35)

Denmark (5) Dominican Republic (8) Ecuador (19) Egypt (4) England (56) France (62) Germany (43) Ghana (3) Greece (8) Guatemala (47) Hong Kong (29) Hungary (1) Iceland (1) Ireland (18)

Israel (18) Italy (214) Japan (10) Jordan (2) Kyrgyzstan (1) Latvia (1) Mexico (1) Morocco (1) New Zealand (15) Portugal (9) Peru (4) Puerto Rico (1) Russia (3) Scotland (11)

Singapore (13) South Africa (21) South Korea (5) Spain (244) Sweden (1) Switzerland (3) Taiwan (6) Tanzania (2) Thailand (3) The Netherlands (17) Turkey (1) Uruguay (3) Vietnam (3) Wales (1)

*Bolded locations are the top 10 locations for students studying abroad in the 2019-2020 academic year.

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GLOBAL CLASSROOMS Global Classroom programs are UofSC-sponsored programs, led by UofSC faculty in a variety of regions and disciplines. They are broken down by term held and department, below: Programs that successfully ran for AY 19-20

5

1

Winter Break

Fall Break

14

Spring Break

20 Total

Countries Represented

By Department

Aruba Austria Canada China Colombia Costa Rica (x2) Czech Republic Cuba (x2) Dominican Republic Ecuador (x2) Eswatini

Capstone (x3) Darla Moore School of Business (x9) Living Learning Communities (x2) School of Medicine (x1) Student Organization (x2) University 101 (x2) SPTE (x1)

France Germany Guatemala Israel Netherlands Portu Slovakia South Africa Spain & Portugal United Kingdom

Programs cancelled due to COVID-19

1

Spring Break

35

Maymester

Countries Represented Aruba Australia Austria Belgium Colombia Denmark Ecuador France (x2) France Germany (x4) Greece (x3)

Guatemala Iceland Italy (x7) Japan (x2) Kazakhstan Kenya Mexico Morocco Netherlands New Zealand Norway

10 Summer

46 Total

By Department Poland Portugal Puerto Rico Russia Singapore Spain (x2) Thailand (x2) United Kingdom Zimbabwe

Capstone (x1) College of Arts & Sciences (x11) Darla Moore School of Business (x11) College of Education (x2) College of Engineering & Computing (x2) Living Learning Communities (x2) HRSM (x5) Law School (x1) Pre-Professional Advising (x2) Public Health (x2) Student Organization (x2) Honors College (x3) SJMC (x2) University 101 (x2)

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ANNUAL REPORT 2019/2020

INCOMING EXCHANGE STUDENTS In addition to sending UofSC students abroad, the Education Abroad Office welcomes incoming exchange students from our overseas partner universities.

250 127

Total students

Academic Year

5

Fall 2019

Top Countries

United Kingdom (27) Hong Kong (22) Australia (22) Spain (20) Germany (19)

Spring 2020

50 73

Undergraduate incoming exchange participation rates from the 2010-2011 academic year through Spring 2020 at the UofSC Columbia campus: 300

268

266

15-16

16-17

252

264

250

221

Number of Students

200

100

173 97

102

108

10-11

11-12

12-13

13-14

14-15

17-18

18-19

19-20

Year of Enrollment The Education Abroad Office provides a variety of services to incoming students prior to their arrival and during their time at UofSC. These services include: Creating and sustaining relationships with exchange partners and university staff Collaborating with Admissions to ensure the enrollment of exchange students to UofSC Communicating with International Student Services to procure necessary immigration documents Coordinating with Housing Services to provide guaranteed on-campus housing to all exchange students Connecting with Student Health Services to ensure all exchange students have the proper immunizations Organizing events such as Exchange Student Move-In Day(s), Orientation, welcome events and social events Providing continued support, advising and services to exchange students throughout their time at UofSC

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GRADUATE PARTICIPATION Graduate student participation rates from Fall 2010 through Summer 2020, and the breakdown of participation by school or college: EXPERIENCES 300

277

200

Number of Experiences

259

231

250

215 185

176 146

150

100

266

102

90

50

10-11

11-12

12-13

13-14

14-15

15-16

Year of Enrollment

ENROLLMENT BY COLLEGE Arnold School of Public Health (3) College of Arts & Sciences (5) College of Education (1) College of Engineering & Computing (1) Darla Moore School of Business (66) College of Pharmacy (5) College of Social Work (1) School of Medicine Columbia (4) School of Medicine Greenville (3) Other (1)

16-17

17-18

18-19

19-20

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ANNUAL REPORT 2019/2020

GRADUATE DEMOGRAPHICS Demographic breakdown of the 90 individual graduate participants:

Gender Profile

MALE

52% (47) FEMALE

48% (43)

The general UofSC graduate student population is 62% female and 38% male.

4.3% 3.2% 3.2%

3.2%

SC resident - 45.6%

11% 1%

74.1%

Non-SC Resident - 53.3%

Ethnic Background

Residency Profile

Students were asked on their education abroad applications to self-report ethnic background. 16% of education abroad students identified themselves as an ethnic minority; the general UofSC graduate population is 25% minority students.

The general UofSC graduate student population for 2019-20 was 59% resident and 41% non-resident. *1.1% did not respond

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DESTINATIONS

1. Hong Kong 2. France 3. Austria 4. China 5. South Africa

Top 10 Destinations:

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6. Colombia 7. Germany 8. Finland 9. Israel 10. Tanzania

8 2

7

3 9

4

1

6 10

5

30

Countries Traveled

Participation by Country

Australia (2) Austria (10) Brazil (1) Canada (2) China (10) Colombia (8) Costa Rica (1) Cyprus (1)

Ecuador (1) England (1) Finland (4) France (11) Germany (5) Ghana (1) Hong Kong (21) Israel (4)

Italy (3) Japan (1) Kenya (1) Mexico (1) Nepal (1) Netherlands (1) Peru (1) Poland (1)

Russia (1) South Africa (9) Spain (1) Tanzania (4) Turkey (1) Uganda (2)

*Bolded locations are the top 10 locations for students studying abroad in the 2019-2020 academic year.

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ENGLISH PROGRAMS FOR INTERNATIONALS As a constituent unit of Global Carolina, the University of South Carolina English Programs for Internationals (EPI) has as its mission the provision of high-quality English language instruction to international students whose academic goals may be professional or personal, and to meet the university’s English language needs in instruction, assessment, and resources, thereby contributing to the university’s internationalization efforts and increasing its capacity to recruittop students globally.

*Photos taken before COVID-19 safety precautions were implemented.

ENGLISH PROGRAMS FOR INTERNATIONALS

Established in 1979, for more than 40 years English Programs for Internationals has been one of the nation’s premier providers of intensive English instruction, short-term international training programs, language assessment, and student support services.

MEET THE STAFF Wesley Curtis, Ph.D

Mark Porter

Timothy Stewart

Lilian Ortega-Bunch

Kate Bledsoe

Terry Goodfellow

Ann Janosik

Mark Stiteler

Russ Harless

Jeff Carlson

Director [email protected]

Associate Director for Data Management & Computing [email protected]

Assistant Director for ENFS/ITA Assesment [email protected]

Instructor & IAP 2Coordinator [email protected]

Instructor [email protected]

Senior Associate Director [email protected]

Assistant Director [email protected]

Instructor & Curriculum Coordinator [email protected]

Instructor [email protected]

Instructor [email protected]

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ENROLLMENT DATA Students and Scholars Actual “Head Count”* *Given that some students and scholars enrolled for more than one term of instruction, the actual student “head count” was different than the intial numbers.

PUBLICITY AND ACCREDITATION • Founded in 1979, EPI is one of the first three intensive programs in the world to be accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). CEA is the premier specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education to accredit intensive English programs. Accredited through 2024. • Charter member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs, which is now known as EnglishUSA. • Member of the elite Consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP); member institutions include over 20 AAU universities. • Over the course of its history, EPI has hosted students from over 155 countries.

ENGLISH PROGRAMS FOR INTERNATIONALS

In 2019-20, English Programs for Internationals (EPI) provided intensive English instruction for 525 students and scholars from 18 countries; however, as some individuals enrolled for more than one term of instruction, the actual “head count” was 192.  In the summer of 2019, EPI offered its 19th teacher training and English language enhancement program sponsored by the Mexican Ministry of Public Education and enrolled 18 educators in this program as Exchange Visitor Program (J-1) participants. 

In 2019-20, revenue from tuition and grant projects totaled $1,221,697, and an additional $433,466 was generated through English for Academic Purposes courses taught for the International Accelerator Program.

In conjunction with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and FHI 360, EPI implemented the Institute on Civic Engagement of the Study of the U.S. Institutes for a group of 20 student leaders from Europe in Summer 2019. Dr. Wesley Curtis, who serves as PI and Executive Director of the Institute, secured a sub-award of $176, 576 to implement the program for the 4th consecutive year, and the first in a new three-year funding cycle. Additionally SUSI awards totaled $646,289 for academic year 2019-2020. The student leaders are invited to participate in the program by U.S. Embassy personnel or Fulbright Commissions in their home countries. They come to the University of South Carolina to engage in various internationally-focused development activities. These include community service activities as well as learning the history and current state of how civic participation shapes U.S. economic, social, and political history.

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT EPI students, faculty, and staff also engaged in community activities. More than 130 EPI students participated in and contributed to the success of the UofSC International Bazaar for International Education Week in November 2019. Volunteer activities organized by EPI in the 2019-2020 academic year include collaboration with multiple non-profit organizations: Habitat for Humanity, Habitat ReStore, Boys’ and Girls’ Club of the Midlands, Harvest Hope, and South Carolina Advocates for Epilepsy. In partnership with International Student Services, EPI offered the following cultural programs: • Weekly local shopping trips to Walmart and local international grocery stores • Monthly outings to Columbiana Mall • Day trips to: - Charleston, South Carolina to visit the historic downtown area and local beaches. - Savannah, Georgia to visit the historic downtown area. - Charlotte, North Carolina to visit the Levine Museum of the New South and patronize a luxury shopping mall. - Bishopville, South Carolina to tour the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden, South Carolina Cotton Museum, and Lee County Veterans Museum.

Plans for AY 2020-21 Anticipated University Revenue Projections specific to programming • Annual projected gross revenue from the intensive English program: $286,445 • Annual projected gross revenue through IAP courses taught: $309,064.86

In Fall 2019, EPI evaluated the credentials of 83 students who qualified for exemption from the ENFS Writing and Oral English Assessments. 25 students qualified for exemption from either the Writing or Oral English proficiency assessments. 83 students were required to complete both assessments.

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ADDITIONAL NOTES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS EPI was an implementing partner of the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders from Europe (SUSI) Institute in Civic Engagement, a program of the U.S. Department of State and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs administered in partnership in partnership with FHI 360. Student leaders represented the following countries: Netherlands, Norway, Lithuania, Greece, Portugal, Italy, United Kingdom, Portugal, France, Spain, Moldova, Finland, Belarus, Ukraine, Ireland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Russia. • EPI’s competitive proposal was first selected to administer this grant-funded program in 2016, and in 2019, EPI was selected through a competitive process for a second 3-year grant cycle. The Dept. of State cancelled the 2020 program in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The anticipated award for Summer 2021 (AY2021-2022), not including cost share, is $187,342.

EPI has carried out a month-long Teacher Training and English Language Enhancement Program for the Mexican Ministry of Education each year since 2001. In 2019, this program generated $81,000 in gross revenue.

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Dr. Curtis, Director of EPI, was named to the Fulbright Specialist Roster in February 2020 for expertise in internationalization and matched to a project with Financial University of Moscow that same month. Project implementation was postponed due to COVID-19. Dr. Curtis was also elected to the presidential stream of the Consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP) in May 2020, when he assumed the vice presidency of the organization. He will assume the presidency of the consortium in May 2021.

PEER-REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS BASED ON EPI ACTIVITY • Reid, C. & Wang, A. (2019, November 18) Language Barriers Be Damned! Fully Integrating Intensive English Students Into Campus Life. Peer- reviewed presentation delivered at the 2019 NAFSA Region VII Conference, Orlando, FL. • Goodfellow, T. & Medlin-Carriker, J. (2019, November 18) Activating Volunteerism and Intercultural Exchange During International Education Week. Peer- reviewed presentation delivered at the 2019 NAFSA Region VII Conference, Orlando, FL.

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2019 INTERNATIONAL TEACHING WORKSHOP EPI conducted a total of 162 English proficiency assessments via the “Microlesson Assignment” and conducted the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) assessment for forty-two (42) prospective international teaching assistants. Prior to the assessment, all prospective international teaching assistants, including new and returning students eligible for exemption, were required to complete the International Teaching Assistant Workshop, which was held in the Close-Hipp Building on Monday, August 12. Of the seventy-one (71) students completing the workshop, sixty-three (63) registered for the assessment. During this ITA assessment cycle: • 27 students possessed valid TOEFL or IELTS speaking sub-scores that allowed them to fulfill the ITA Assessment requirement without further testing. • 41 students received a ‘Satisfactory’ rating on the assessment, permitting them to provide classroom instruction. • 53 students received a rating of marginal, which advises the student’s department to encourage the student to work on improving their spoken English proficiency. Students with a marginal rating may be permitted to teach by their departments provided close supervision is administered. • 41 students received an “At-risk” rating, which encourages enrollment in the ENFS 075 course and requires successful completion of the ITA Assessment in a subsequent administration cycle in order for the student to be authorized to teach.

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ANNUAL REPORT 2019/2020

INTERNATIONAL ACCELERATOR PROGRAM Established in 2015, the International Accelerator Program (IAP) is a partnership between UofSC and Shorelight with the goal of increasing the diversity and global perspective of the University’s student body, enhancing the global reputation of the university, and creating opportunities for international students to obtain an American education.

Lauren Stone

Sherry Warren, Ph.D

Ray Knight

Anna May

Anji Wang

Joshua Kendall

Managing Director [email protected]

Assistant Academic Director, Academic Studies [email protected]

Senior Student Services Advisor/Instructor [email protected]

Academic Director [email protected]

Academic Coordinator [email protected]

Operations Coordinator, Student Accounts [email protected]

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STORIES OF SUCCESS Since inception, IAP has recruited over 678 international students to the university. Offering a first year program for undergraduates as well as masters students in some programs, IAP strives to help students gain the tools and skills to be successful students who possess confidence and high levels of independence. Support takes many forms: English language training, advising, professional development and cultural support are all offered, with a gradual move towards independence as the program progresses.

94

97

Percent of students who were satisfied with IAP programming and/or felt a sense of belonging at UofSC in 2019-20.

Percent of students who complete their program and enroll in Year 2; this has been consistently over 90%, with more recent cohorts completing their program above 95%.

GPA after program completion: - Undergraduate students have an average cumulative GPA of 3.40 - Graduate students have an average cumulative GPA of 3.67.

In 2019-20, IAP students reported a 94% satisfaction rate with their program at UofSC. International students recruited and retained through IAP partnership contributed over $19 million in tuition revenues and fees.

SHORELIGHT LIVE In April 2019, Shorelight and the University signed an agreement to cooperate in offering key UofSC programs to students around the world using Shorelight’s proprietary technology (Live Studio and Live to device) through live broadcasts, asynchronous content, and additional instructional resources. This cutting-edge delivery goes well beyond traditional online delivery to create a true global classroom experience. • Master of International Business: Shorelight will launch a one semester version, a two semester certificate and full degree for Spring 2021. Target markets include: China, Qatar (cohorted), and potentially domestic audiences. • School of Public Health: Potential next program offering to support existing partnerships in China. • Studio: To be built in Fall 2020 in the Coliseum for January 2021 implementation.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES International Student Services provides essential support services to international students on matters of immigration compliance, academic concerns, cultural adjustment, and personal development in order to promote student success. As a part of Global Carolina, International Student Services encourages global engagement and facilitates internationalization for the greater University of South Carolina community through outreach activities and cross-cultural programming.

*Photos taken before COVID-19 safety precautions were implemented.

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Our vision is to provide empathetic and competent advising on immigration and cultural issues to our population of F-1 and J-1 visa holders. We aim to facilitate an understanding of how to maximize the benefits of being an international student while in the United States. We hope to be the go-to resource for all things immigration related. The staff at ISS pride themselves on being a resource and guide when it comes to immigration and cultural matters so that our students can achieve their educational and personal goals in the U.S.

MEET OUR STAFF Lauren Smith Director [email protected]

Yu “Yagi” Aoyagi

Christopher Reid Assistant Director for Retention and Integration Services [email protected]

Sylvain Chabra

Julia Ferillo Student Services Provider [email protected]

Raquel Harless

Accelerator Programs Incoming Student Coordinator [email protected]

Senior International Student Advisor [email protected]

Jie Liu

Marilyn Mcmanus

Julie Medlin Carriker

Administrative Assistant [email protected]

Internationalization Programming Coordinator [email protected]

Joanna Zietara

Beth Tilley

Esther Mccartney

International Student Advisor & Sponsored Student Specialist [email protected]

Incoming Student Coordinator [email protected]

Thinking Globally Graduate Assistant [email protected]

Patrick Steimer

Charnissia (Mimi) Smith

International Programming Graduate Assistant

International Programming Assistant

[email protected]

[email protected]

International Student Advisor & Information Technology Specialist [email protected]

Manager of Immigration Compliance [email protected]

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ANNUAL REPORT 2019/2020

2019-2020 IN REVIEW PEER-REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS BASED ON ISS ACTIVITY • South Carolina Association of International Educators (SCAIE) Conference, February 20th-21st 2020, UofSC Aiken, SC. • Pre-Conference Workshop: F-1 Beginner/Intermediate Advising, Presenter - Sylvain Chabra • DeYounge, N., Jaramillo Cason, A., & Smith, L. (2020, May). Breaking Down Barriers: Innovative Approaches to Cross-cultural Dialogue and Inclusion [Conference presentation]. 2020 NAFSA Annual Conference, virtual. • Lauren Smith - Served as the South Carolina Association of International Educators Chairperson, 2019 – 2020

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MOST POPULAR MAJORS

Among International Students Computer Science Mechanical Engineering Hospitality Management Chemistry Chemical Engineering

*Photo taken before COVID-19 safety precautions were implemented.

PLACES OF ORIGIN Afghanistan (2) Angola (1) Argentina (2) Armenia (1) Aruba (3) Australia (27) Austria (6) Bangladesh (70) Barbados (1) Belgium (5)

Belize (2) Brazil (25) Burundi (1) Canada (13) Chile (7) China (867) Colombia (6) Costa Rica (2) Croatia (2) Cyprus (1)

Czech Republic (1) Denmark (6) Ecuador (1) Egypt (7) El Salvador (1) Estonia (1) Ethiopia (2) Finland (3) France (29) Germany (39)

Ghana (4) Greece (4) Guatemala (1) Haiti (1) Honduras (1) Hong Kong (11) Hungary (2) Iceland (1) India (150) Indonesia (12)

Iran (36) Iraq (40) Ireland (4) Israel (4) Italy (17) Jamaica (2) Japan (5) Kenya (4) Kuwait (2) Libya (1)

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College or School

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Undergraduate

Graduate

Total

College of Engineering and Computing

126

310

436

College of Arts and Sciences

125

217

342

Darla Moore School of Business

193

71

263

College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management

211

41

252

Exchange and Non-Degree

240

15

255

International Accelerator Program

160

59

219

Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health

9

94

103

School of Music

2

38

40

College of Education

3

24

27

College of Pharmacy

4

19

23

College of Information and Communications

9

13

22

School of Medicine

0

14

14

College of Social Work

1

5

6

College of Nursing

1

3

4

College of Library and Information Science

0

1

1

Lithuania (1) Lebanon (5) Malaysia (4) Mexico (10) Mongolia (2) Morocco (1) Myanmar (2) Nepal (19) Netherlands (24) New Caledonia (1)

South Korea (69) Spain (23) Sri Lanka (16) Sweden (8) Switzerland (3) Syria (1) Taiwan (39) Tajikistan (2) Thailand (11) Togo (1)

New Zealand (9) Nicaragua (1) Nigeria (29) Norway (2) Oman (36) Pakistan (10) Panama (1) Paraguay (2) Peru (7) Philippines (5)

Poland (1) Portugal (1) Romania (1) Russia (22) Saudi Arabia (76) Senegal (2) Seychelles (1) Singapore (7) Slovenia (1) South Africa (2)

Trinidad and Tobago (1) Turkey (16) UAE (17) Uganda (1) Ukraine (5) United Kingdom (37) Venezuela (9) Vietnam (27) Zimbabwe (1)

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ADVISING DATA AND RESPONSE TO COVID-19 • ISS advisors had over 5,700 unique interactions with international students during the 2019-2020 school year. • ISS sdvisors have supported 1026+ online chats since the COVID-19 pandemic began in the U.S. ISS staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that our international students are up-to-date on the swiftly shifting federal policies surrounding travel, visas, and immigration compliance as it relates to COVID-19. ISS scheduled 6 virtual meetings for students and 2 virtual meetings for faculty and staff to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on international students.

SPONSORED STUDENTS International Student Services partners with an array of sponsors and scholarship programs to facilitate educational experiences for 167 sponsored students. ISS works with 19 sponsors. The sponsors who send the most international students to UofSC include the Saudi Arabia Government Scholarship, the Oman Government Scholarship, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Iraq, and the Higher Committee for Education Development from Iraq. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

ADNOC - UAE (1) Amideast (1) Institute of International Education - Fulbright (7) Egyptian Cultual and Educational Bureau (1) Federal Government of Nigeria (1) Fukuoka Perfecture - Japan (1) Higher Committee for Educational Development - Iraq (20) Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research - Iraq (23) Kuwaiti Embassy (1) Korean Government (1) Oman Government Scholarship (31) Petroleum Technology Development Fund - Nigeria (1) Royal Thai Scholars (3) SABIC - Saudi Arabia (1) Turkish Government Scholarship (5) UAE Ministry of Higher Education (1) UAE Embassy (4) Universidad de los Andes - Colombia (1)

167 International Students with Scholarships

19 Sponsors for 2019-2020 academic year

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During the 2019-2020 school year, International Student Services worked with 64 international student athletes at the University of South Carolina Columbia.

OUR STUDENT COHORTS There are over ten special groups of F-1 international students who require special care and attention based on the specificities of their programs. These groups for 2019-2020 are listed below: • International Accelerator Program Students • Undergraduate and Graduate Exchange Students • Double Degree Masters of International Business (MIBS) students • International MBA students • CNU KEPCO Executive International MBA students • NTNU Executive International MBA students • Beijing International Sport University (BISU) Students • Communication Sciences and Disorders MS Students • Athletic Training MS Students • Tec de Monterrey Double Degree PhD students

Non F-1 and J-1 International Students The state of South Carolina has a legal presence verification requirement for any student wishing to attend a higher education institution. This verification process is managed by the International Student Services Office. In the 2019-2020 school year, 227 students were verified in the SAVE federal verification system.

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SUMMARY OF PROGRAMMING International Student Services provides an array of cultural programming opportunities for our F-1 and J-1 international students. Because COVID-19 occurred in Spring 2019, our programming initiatives had to pivot mid-year. However, the ISS goal of providing internationalization and cultural support to our students was still accomplished. Our 2019-2020 programming included:

Orientation and Welcome Fair for new international students Welcomed 400+ new students by providing a comprehensive orientation program and a welcome fair to connect new students to essential services and ways to get involved within the local community.

Weekend trips to the following places: South Carolina Statehouse; Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC; Folly Beach, SC; shopping in Charlotte, NC; hiking in Greenville, SC; NBA game in Charlotte, NC; Fort Sumter tour in Charleston, SC.

Newly endowed International Student Excellence Scholarship awarded to: Natalia Alvez Dias Martins and Banuprakash Kosaraju, which provided both students with $250 scholarships and Woodrow rate tuition.

International Student Achievement Awards awarded to: Omonefe Omofuma (Fall 2019) Otega Ejagbvwo (Spring 2020)

Graduate reception in Fall 2019 for ~30 graduating students. The Spring 2020 graduation reception (typically the larger reception) was canceled due to COVID-19.

World Night ISS partners with the International Student Association to host World night, an annual event of cultural performances for approximately 600 people. This year’s event was canceled due to COVID-19.

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Thinking Globally Thinking Globally is a classroom immersion program that brings the world to the classroom, one student at a time. The program has two main audiences: college students and K-12 students.

For the last two years, Thinking Globally staff has maintained successful partnerships with five local school districts and built a closer partnership with 15 schools. In 2018, UofSC received an APLU diversity award, honoring the efforts of Global Carolina, including the Thinking Globally Program, and many efforts of the Education Abroad Office.

2,229

UofSC and K-12 students reached

139

Ambassador presentations given by 45 Thinking Globally student ambassadors, representing 23 countries

International Education Week International Education Week is a week dedicated to promoting cultural awareness while inspiring students to learn more about the many nationalities represented at UofSC. All events celebrate international exchange, thoughtful discussion on cultural differences, with a goal of developing global-ready UofSC graduates. This week corresponds with the joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. • The premiere event each year is the International Festival on Greene St. This year, it is estimated that ~450 individuals attended. • The second most popular event for the Fall 2019 semester was the UofSC World Cup. Over 100 students attended and/or competed in the tournament.

*Photo taken before COVID-19 safety precautions were implemented.

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Buddies Beyond Borders Both international students and domestic students at the University of South Carolina have an opportunity for connection and friendship with the Buddies Beyond Borders Program. Each pairing provides the enriching experience of a cultural exchange and gives participants a broadened perspective about the world. International students paired with a domestic buddy not only adjust to American life more readily, but they also get to experience American culture and community first-hand.

Carolina Intercultural Training During the 2019-2020 school year, ISS provided training to 180 UofSC faculty, staff, and students, creating fruitful conversations around identity, diversity, and the understanding cultures. In a typical year, the training reaches ~400 participants. The Carolina Intercultural Training exists to support the Carolinian Creed.



I learned that there a ton of different cultures on campus, more than I even realized. - UofSC Student Global engagement isn’t just opening the doors for international students to come to USC but is having the infrastructure in place to really support these students. - UofSC Staff

Columbia International Festival Each year, ISS (in conjunction with other Global Carolina offices), hosts a booth at the Columbia International Festival to showcase UofSC’s multicultural presence and wealth of opportunities in the Columbia Community. This event is attended by 17,000 - 22,000 people each year.

*Photo taken before COVID-19 safety precautions were implemented.

CONTACT

Mailing Address

CONTACT BUSINESS OFFICE Suite 403 [email protected] sc.edu/globalcarolina 803-777-3867

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1705 College Street Close-Hipp Building, 4th Floor Columbia, SC 29208

EDUCATION ABROAD OFFICE Suite 453 [email protected] sc.edu/studyabroad 803-777-7557

INTERNATIONAL ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

Suite 403

Close-Hipp, 7th floor

[email protected]

[email protected]

epi.sc.edu

sc.edu/study/international_accelerator

803-777-3867

803-767-6402

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES Suite 470 [email protected] iss.sc.edu 803-777-7461

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