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A Global Community

This semester, a “remarkable group” of 33 first-year international students joins the campus’ “global community in which we speak more than 50 languages among us and come from more than 29 countries around the world,” says Director of International Student Affairs David Gage ’91, P’22.

Hailing from a dozen countries, international students from the Classes of 2022 arrived on campus this week and began orientation, with support from Gage and the Office of International Student Affairs.

“I fell in love with the campus early on in my college search and I already feel connected to this community,” says Saima Mashori ’22, of Islamabad, Pakistan, who learned of HWS through friends during her college search. “I’m looking forward to exploring courses in international relations and political science, as well as joining clubs and organizations that allow me to pursue my love for writing.”

“I’ve always been interested in (computer) programming, so to pursue that passion while exploring my other interests is a unique opportunity,” says Huy Duong ’22, from Hanoi, Vietnam, who was drawn to the Colleges’ robotics team and RockSat-C program, which sends students to participate in NASA rocket launches and research each year.

For Duong, the strength of the Colleges’ interdisciplinary curriculum and opportunities for learning outside the classroom are bolstered by the campus atmosphere. “The lake and the sense of community here are pretty remarkable too,” he says.

The International Student Orientation Program culminated with a reception hosted by HWS Interim President Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D. ’12, before the arrival of their classmates.

During the 2018 Convocation ceremony, 104 flags will be flown to recognize the nations that HWS international students and faculty call home, as well as those to which HWS students travel.

“The legacy of the Colleges is shaped by leaders like Bishop John Henry Hobart and Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell 1849, the first woman in America to receive her degree as a Doctor of Medicine, who traveled throughout the world to share their scholarship and learn from others,” says Gage. “Global consciousness is a core part of our identity.”

The Colleges’ commitment to a global campus and international education was recognized this month in the Princeton Review’s the 2019 edition of “The Best 384 Colleges,” which named HWS the top study abroad program in the country for the second year in a row.

For more coverage on the Classes of 2022’s first weekend on campus, visit the Orientation 2018 page.