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The mission of the Office of International Student Affairs is to aid in the retention and academic success of international students by providing services related to cultural adjustment. Highlights of initiatives the Office of International Student Affairs provide include airport pickups, conversation partners and international friendship.

The office also provides leadership and manages the day-to-day operations of the Global Village, an international living-learning community comprised of both international and domestic students with the goal of advancing mutual cultural exchange. Our vision is to develop global citizens through international awareness and cultural appreciation in order to strive for a more inclusive society.

The Conversation Partner Program at Kent State University is a volunteer program that pairs international students with students from the United States. Once an international student and domestic student are paired, they meet once a week for one hour to have an informational conversation in English. The program not only helps international students develop English skills, it helps build cultural awareness as well as rewarding friendships between students.

  • The International Friendship Program pairs international students and scholars with Kent State faculty and staff members, along with their families, for the purpose of exchanging culture in a unique and fulfilling way.

  • The Global Village brings together international and American students to live and learn in an environment supportive of cross-cultural interactions. It is an opportunity for students to live and study with students from around the world and to experience a multitude of cultures on a daily basis.

  • Sponsored by the Office of International Student Affairs, the International Community Impact Award recognizes a graduating international student who has made significant contributions to the Kent State University community through activities and relationships.

  • Learn first-hand from Italian college students the role family plays in major life decisions and the cultural influences on Italian families. 

  • The Office of International Student Affairs provides new international students transportation from the airport to campus at the beginning of each fall semester.