The new International Center at the University of New Orleans is a hub for international students, visiting scholars and international programs.
When I became president of the University of New Orleans in 2012, I learned of a long-standing dream of an International Center on campus. Over time, that dream became my dream — and I am proud to say that this spring we celebrated the grand opening of our new International Center.
International students represent more than 90 countries and account for eight percent of our student body. Our international students, faculty and researchers bring new ideas, new ways of thinking and cultural elements to classrooms and campus life. My goal is to help the University of New Orleans become a truly international institution that attracts the very best students and researchers from around the world.
The new International Center is the hub for international activity at the University. There, you can find international student and scholar services, our Intensive English Language Program, international admissions and recruitment, and our study abroad and exchange programs that span the globe. An academic wing houses our international programs and visiting scholars. In addition, we have a beautiful student lounge for students to gather, do homework, hold events and get access to news from around the world. These students are our future. They inspire us daily. And this is where we will leave a global imprint on future generations of students.
Through this new International Center, we are helping all of our students to be ambassadors of our respective cultures. We are bringing the world to UNO and bringing UNO to the world. As I like to say: Where else can a student from Algiers, La. live and study alongside a student from Algiers, Africa?
Please come visit the new International Center at the University of New Orleans. We’ll be happy to show you around.