The Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) officially welcomed 150 international students as part of the Retriever (adopted after the university mascot Chesapeake Retriever) family, in a series of activities held at the university campus followed by an off-campus familiarisation tour.
At Welcome Week, international students were treated to various activities prepared by the different committees, foremost of which was the New Graduate Student Orientation attended by both international and domestic students. “It was a great opportunity for everyone to gather, meet other students and the Graduate School team,” says Rayann Ibasco, coordinator of The Graduate School. It was also an opportunity for students to meet their Graduate Program Director or assigned advisor.
Most of the international students also attended the UMBC Career Centre’s On-Campus Job Fair. Successful applicants were granted on-campus jobs ranging from food services to desk jobs.
The Graduate School joined forces with International Education Services to organise fun events for international students which included the Swing Dance and the Inner Harbour Trip. They also conducted a dedicated International Rules and Policies Meeting with international students to provide them with relevant information about their visa status, Curricular Practical Training and Optional Practical Training. The meeting also tackled the STEM OPT Extension which is a 2-year temporary training related to a student’s F-1 program of study visa in an approved STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field.
Meanwhile, the UMBC Graduate School is getting ready to receive applications for the Spring 2019 intake for its Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Science in Human-Centred Computing, Master of Arts in Management of Aging Services and Master’s of Professional Studies in Cybersecurity, Data Science, Engineering Management, Engineering Management, Entrepreneurship, Innocation and Leadership, Geographic Information Systems, among others. Classes will start on 28 January 2019.
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