Social And Cultural Programs – Office Of International Engagement - Montclair State University
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Social and Cultural Programs

The Office of International Engagement is pleased to offer a variety of social and cultural programs that are focused on enhancing the educational experiences of international students and scholars at Montclair State University.

Conversation beyond Borders

Converse with students, scholars and staff from around the world about a wide variety of topics, including pop culture, social media, history, literature, psychology and science! This is a fun and casual group that encourages students of Montclair State University to learn about each other’s countries, cultures and points of view, and can help students improve their English. All Montclair State students are welcome, and no sign-up is necessary!

Where and when: Please contact us at intserv@montclair.edu for this semester’s schedule.

Connecting Across Cultures

Connecting Across Cultures is an informal, supportive discussion group for international students, returning study abroad students, and any students who are interested in dialoguing and connecting across cultures.

When and where: Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters from 3-4 p.m. in the Drop-In Center

One To World Programs

Montclair State University is a member institution of One To World, “a private, New York-based not-for-profit organization that brings Americans and students from around the world face-to-face to share their lives and perspectives in life-changing ways.” One To World offers an array of social and cultural programs for international students and scholars in the metro New York/New Jersey area. Participating in One To World programs is a great way to meet U.S. students and families as well as international students from other universities. You can sign up for One To World’s mailing list here so that you receive timely program updates. If you have any questions about any of their programs, please feel free to contact us at intserv@montclair.edu.

Global Living Community (GLC)

The Global Living Community (GLC) is a residential community of international and domestic students at Montclair State. The mission of the GLC is to support the internationalization of the campus by providing a living and learning community in which American and international students can learn across cultures and develop global friendships. The Office of International Engagement provides an array of programs for residents of the GLC including discussion groups, excursions to cultural sites, social events, and other educational and cultural activities. GLC programs promote global awareness and intercultural respect and understanding. Living in the GLC offers students and international scholars a unique opportunity to make friends from around the world who share an interest in broadening their cultural perspectives. Spaces in the GLC are limited, and priority is given to international visiting and exchange students and returning residents. You can visit the Global Living Community’s page for more information, or feel free to contact us by email at intserv@montclair.edu.

Montclair State World’s Fair

Each spring semester, Montclair State hosts a campus-wide World’s Fair—a celebration of cultures from around the world! The Fair includes international exhibits, entertainment and food, and is held on the quad in the center of campus. Experience the cultural diversity of Montclair State! Listen to music, watch dance performances, learn words in a new language, try cultural crafts, and taste delicious food from around the world. Dozens of university organizations and student groups participate in the festivities. Explore the world, right here at Montclair State! For more information about this year’s event, contact intserv@montclair.edu.

International Student Career Day

Are you planning to pursue an internship or career in the U.S.?  Applying for jobs and interviewing in the U.S. can be challenging—not to mention navigating your immigration status! International Student Career Day is held each fall semester and includes workshops on F-1 and J-1 student employment options, immigration options after student status, preparing for job interviews, and job search essentials. For more information about this year’s event, contact intserv@montclair.edu.

Cultural Excursions

International Student and Scholar Services offers a number of off-campus cultural excursions every year for international students and scholars. Excursions promote intercultural understanding and present a broader experience of American culture. Current students and scholars will be notified of upcoming excursions via our e-mail listserv and Facebook page. If you have an idea for a cultural excursion, let us know; we’re happy to try something new!

Support Groups

We understand that different groups of international students may have unique needs. We can offer special programs such as support groups for students facing special challenges and opportunities for discussion and networking among students from the same country or in similar living circumstances. If you are seeking a group that is tailored to your needs, contact us at intserv@montclair.edu, and let’s see if we can make it work.