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Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups

Cross-cultural Discussion Groups



Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups

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ISSS organizes cross-cultural discussion groups which often consist of both international and U.S. students. Members of these groups meet once a week to share cross-cultural experiences, personal thoughts, and feelings in a relaxed atmosphere. Examples of the topics discussed in the past are culture shock, cultural customs, friendship/relationships, communication styles, family, and future aspirations. For more than 30 years ISSS has facilitated cross-cultural discussion groups with participants from dozens of countries throughout the world.

Why Join a Cross-cultural Discussion Group?
You can…

  • Make friends from all over the world
  • Expand your cross-cultural understanding
  • Give and receive support for difficulties you may be having
  • Help each other to make your study abroad experience successful
  • Develop self-awareness of your own cultural background

What past Participants Have Said About Cross-cultural Discussion Groups

  • “Very exciting, fun, and joyful!”
  • “I got a chance to know about people and cultures from different countries.”
  • “I learned about leadership and communication skills.”
  • “We supported each other with honesty and genuineness.”
  • “Quite relaxing, comfortable, and warm atmosphere we created in the group. It feels like home!”
  • On a scale from 1-7, most members rated the group experience as either 7 (very satisfied) or 6 (satisfied)!

Spring 2015 Semester:
Cross-cultural Discussion Groups

International and U.S. students are invited to join our new cross-cultural discussion groups for the Spring 2015 semester. Several discussion groups will be formed—each with a consistent meeting time. The groups will begin mid-February and continue through early May 2015.

Each group will have two leaders with group facilitation experience. To join a discussion group, you must:
(1) submit an online application, by Monday, February 9; and
(2) complete an individual interview with an ISSS staff person.
After ISSS receives your application, you will be contacted to arrange an interview.

Spring 2015 registration is now closed.