Lion Cousins is a mentor program set up to help students learn about the different cultures represented on campus. American and international students will be paired up for either one semester, or an entire academic year. Lion Cousin participants are expected to attend two planned events every semester, as well as meet up with their "cousin" twice a month for lunch, dinner, or just to hang out! This is a great way to learn about the different cultures represented here at A&M-Commerce.
You have the chance to positively impact a student’s perception about the U.S. and make their study abroad a wonderful experience!!!
Students may begin signing up for Lion Cousins on September 6, 2016. There will be an kick-off meeting on Monday, September 19, 2016 l at 6pm in the Legacy Room in the Rayburn Student Center. If you are unable to attend the meeting but would still like to participate in Lion Cousins then you may fill out an application below and bring it to the ISSS in Halladay 104. Applications are due by September 23, 2016.
The Dinner in an American Home (DAH) program is designed to foster friendships that promote cultural learning, appreciation, and understanding for both the hosts and international student(s). The program creates an environment that promotes the open exchange of cultural experiences, customs, and ideas.
The requirement for program participants are to meet one time for a meal in the host's home. Hosts may be individuals, couples, or families located in the Commerce and surrounding communities and hosts agree to open their home to a current A&M-Commerce international student or small group of students (no more than five).
Registration for the program will open in September 2016 and we invite you to check out our website for more updates. For more information email Intl.Stu@tamuc.edu.
A New International Student Mentor assists new international students with A&M-Commerce processes as well as any questions or concerns a new student may have prior to arrival and during their first semester at A&M-Commerce. The mentor position is a volunteer unpaid position and the ISSS. For more information about the mentor program email Intl.Stu@tamuc.edu.
International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the U.S. Many organizations, government entities, schools, and businesses worldwide celebrate IEW. IEW generally is the week before Thanksgiving in November each year.
The Office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS), in partnership with our university departments and A&M-Commerce international students, will host a number of different events during IEW including International Coffee Hour, Cultural Luncheons, International Movie Night, Cultural Night, and other events.
Formerly the Multicultural Festival, the ISSS in partnership with A&M-Commerce international students hosts the annual Global Cultural Festival during the spring semester. The festival is open to the university and surrounding community and is an opportunity to celebrate the many different international cultures represented at A&M-Commerce. The festival activities include numerous cultural food and display tables as well as a talent and fashion show presented by A&M-Commerce international students. The Global Cultural Festival will tentatively be on Tuesday, April 11 beginning at 5pm on the second floor of the Rayburn Student Center. There are many opportunities to volunteer to help with the festival and students interested in being a part may email Intl.Stu@tamuc.edu.
The ISSS hosts international coffee hours each month in the ISSS in Halladay 104. Some coffee hours may have a theme (Halloween, Christmas, superheroes) and other times we may have a game night or snacks and beverages from a specific country or region. The purpose of the coffee hour is for American students, international students, and faculty/staff to come together, learn about other cultures, and have fun doing it. For a schedule of coffee hour see the calendar link below.
Each semester the ISSS hosts trips to the DFW area for A&M-Commerce international students. Destinations include the following:
Students interested in these trips may review the ISSS calendar below: