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CU Denver Student Hones Language Skills in Jordan
Did you know that the English words “sugar” and “cotton” come from Arabic? Although different languages may share similar words or derivatives, learning another language can still be challenging; Arabic, for example, takes an average of at least 88 weeks of classroom study for a native English speaker to acquire proficiency. To dive even further into learning Arabic, Aaron Ferencik, a senior at the University of Colorado Denver, took the plunge and spent a summer studying abroad at the Princess Sumaya University of Technology in Amman, Jordan.
“I decided to study abroad because I had been overseas before in the military and wanted to go back outside of the country. I also knew that I would not be able to advance my Arabic language skills as far if I did not go to the Middle East and study intensely among native speakers,” said Ferencik.
International Architecture Alumnus Leads Delegation to CU Denver
Your college years at the University of Colorado Denver can leave lasting impressions, rich in knowledge gained and friendships developed. More than 85,000 university alumni make their home in Colorado, throughout the United States, and in countries around the world. Recently, alumnus Rino Wickasono traveled almost 10,000 miles from his home in Jakarta, Indonesia, to visit his CU Denver alma mater and to learn the most recent best practices surrounding sustainable development. Wicaksono is the former Dean of Civil Engineering and Planning and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Indonesia Institute of Technology and is currently active as a lecturer; he is also a professional consultant for development acceleration for the Indonesian government and a significant number of provinces, cities, and regencies in Indonesia. Wicaksono earned his master’s in architecture in 1992 and his master’s in urban planning in 1993 at the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP), and received his PhD in Urban Regional Planning from the University of South Australia (UniSA), Adelaide, in 2004.
Students from France to Japan to Vietnam Share Traditional Feast at CU Denver
A diverse group of international students from countries around the world – China, Nepal, Turkey, Thailand, Ukraine, France, Burundi, and Vietnam – joined faculty and American friends to celebrate a traditional American holiday feast at this year’s International Student Thanksgiving Lunch, hosted by the Office of International Affairs, University of Colorado Denver. The event, organized by Aditi Nigudkar, a graduate student at CU Denver’s Business School and student assistant in International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), gave students a chance to learn more about the history of the national holiday, socialize, and celebrate the season.
Indonesian Engineering Student Meets Educational Goals at CU Denver
BS, Mechanical Engineering
Why did you want to enroll in enroll in the University of Colorado Denver and how did you hear about us?
I came to the U.S.A. to broaden my experiences as well as advance my educational goals. I came to Colorado after earning my associate’s degree at Green River Community College in Washington. I didn’t know much about Colorado before coming here; my older brother helped me, he actually earned his degree and is working in Australia. I wanted the option to focus on refrigeration within my mechanical engineering major.
Through Hard Work and a Little Help from CU Denver, Thai Alumna Rises to Success
University of Colorado Denver Alumna
MBA, Business School
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER?
Originally, I first heard about CU Denver when I did an Auditing class during my undergrad with a professor at Assumption University who is also an alumni of CU Denver Business School. He shared his valuable experience with the school and his life in Denver which inspired me to come here. After I decided to go back to school, I looked at options for an AACSB-accredited graduate business school and for a degree program that I could finish within a year. CU Denver stood out as one of my top choices.
Chinese Statistics Student : “University of Colorado Denver Was Such a Wonderful Choice”
PhD student, Mathematical & Statistical Sciences
University of Colorado Denver
WHY DID YOU WANT TO ENROLL IN THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER?
I come from a less developed part of China, I didn’t know very much about American universities before I came to the U.S. The reason I chose the University of Colorado Denver was because it gave me a teaching assistant position. I really appreciated this kind of trust. After I came here, I started to realize it was such a wonderful choice since the people in Colorado are so nice, and Denver is so great to live in every way.
IIE-Education USA Representatives Visit CU Denver
On July 30, the Office of International Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, joined together with deans and faculty from the Business School, College of Engineering and Applied Science, and College of Architecture and Planning to welcome a U.S. State Department delegation of twelve international visitors through IIE/Education USA; their focus was on industry-private sector linkages, innovation, and partnerships.
Receiving a scholarship is cause for celebration, especially when it makes the difference in whether you can pursue your education in another country. Students in degree programs ranging from architecture to public health to international business recently celebrated their newfound opportunities to study in countries ranging from South Korea to England to Cuba. Each student has a unique and compelling reason for participating in their program, and they all share one thing in common: their experiences abroad will be made possible by the Global Study Scholarship offered by the office of Global Education: Study Abroad, University of Colorado Denver.
London – Twelve eager students traverse the cobblestone streets, catching the tube from site to site, pausing to scribble notes in their journals and listen attentively to trials and lectures. These students were participating in the Crime & Criminal Justice in London Global Study program, which ran for the first time over the 2015 Winterim. This intensive, two-week study abroad program focused on the impact of England on the contemporary practice of criminal justice.
“It’s a great opportunity for students to expand their worldview and see how other systems handle the universal problem of crime, often in very different ways,”
explained Lonnie Schaible, PhD, Assistant Professor and faculty leader of the program.
Students create ‘Cultural Awareness Certificate’
Their campus is a microcosm of the world, so a group of senior-seminar students decided to do something to celebrate and amplify CU Denver’s rich diversity.
“In our class we realized we all spoke multiple languages and had international travel backgrounds, so we decided to use that to connect international students with domestic students across campus,”
said Tess Farmer, a student in the University Honors and Leadership (UHL) capstone class. Farmer said the team initially struggled to come up with a project idea, but their shared global interest—and using it to encourage fellow students to check out the many cultural events on campus—gave them a strong focus.