Education and Outreach

The International Center offers workshops and consultations for U-M faculty and staff who interact with international students and scholars. Our goal is to bring more awareness of issues impacting international community, help you to develop cultural intelligence, and promote understanding and collaboration across cultures.

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Understanding International Students' Journey

Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 10:00 AM -11:30 AM | Boulevard Room, Pierpont Commons (North Campus)

This workshop explores the experience of international students from admission to their arrival on campus. Participants will learn the challenges international students face, ways to support them, and the resources available at the International Center.

There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.


International Students and Mental Health 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 10:00 AM-11:30 AM | Koessler (3rd Floor), Michigan League

At this workshop, we will highlight research findings of psychological concerns among international students in the U.S. and share the latest results of the College Student Mental Health Survey (CSMHS), conducted by Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Michigan since 2004. You will learn how to identify signs of distress, how to effectively communicate and refer students to various services, and how to better support international students in your work.

This workshop aims to increase awareness of the unique mental health needs of international students and expand the knowledge and skills to better support their psychological well-being. 

Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by the International Center and Counseling and Psychological Services.

Session is full.


Communicating Across Cultures

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 | 1:40 PM-2:50 PM | Michigan Room (2nd Floor), Michigan League

This session is designed to help participants see how culture influences the way we communicate, understand barriers that affect communication, and explore strategies to adapt to various communication styles. Through various interactive activities, participants will be able to recognize patterns of communication. Register Here.

Please note this session is offered as part of the Student Life Professional Development Conference.


Can You Say My Name?
Understanding Chinese and Taiwanese Students’ Names in a U.S. Context

Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 10:00 AM-11:30 AM | Kuenzel, Michigan Union

The 2019 International Center Annual Statistical Report shows that international students and scholars from China and Taiwan are among the top five countries represented at U-M. With this in mind, this workshop is designed to help participants learn how Chinese and Taiwanese students use their names in a U.S. context and explore ways to create an inclusive and positive environment for them.

The workshop will first highlight survey findings of names used by Chinese and Taiwanese international students and scholars. Then, we will share cultural factors and sense of identity considerations that students have in keeping their Chinese and Taiwanese names. Lastly, presenters will give first-hand accounts about their Chinese, Taiwanese, and English name uses and help participants see the similarities and differences between Chinese and Taiwanese names. 

Registration Here. Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by the International Center and Counseling and Psychological Services.