The International Center will provide new international students with practical information and training about safety and self defense (especially for women), insurance, taxes, medical care and a number of other issues that prevent international students from forming meaningful cross-cultural lives and connections in the communities where they study. This program, called "Living in America", will be available to the 8,000+ international students in West Lafayette, Indiana.
There are nearly 10,000 international students, visiting scholars and families in the West Lafayette area and this population continues to grow each year. Many students experience frustrating and dangerous situations when their perception of America doesn't match the reality of living in America. Young women find themselves in uncomfortable situations because they've seen similar things in movies. Students are unsure how to manage basic tasks, such as grocery shopping and paying bills in the US.
We will provide specific information to help students learn about the areas that challenge them. We will bring in community experts to help students learn who to contact for help, as well as create opportunities for the international and domestic communities to interact and learn from each other. We will also provide students packets of information and equipment that will help enable them to successfully learn how to live in America and equip them to create cross-cultural roots in the community.
We enable students and their families to live more successful lives here. This allows them to pursue their studies and be more successful in attaining their educational goals. We will also create opportunities and give students the skills to live cross-culturally. This will create more understanding between people from many nations and develop a spirit of understanding and acceptance in our community.