International Student Development Opportunities

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Leadership opportunities are abundant all over campus but those interested in working with the International Student Development Office should consider the following...

Orientation Assistant for International Passport

OAs are the welcoming faces that meet the new international students and their families when they first arrive in Grand Rapids or on campus. They work tirelessly to implement every part of International Passport and are a great resource for new students even after classes have begun and the orientation is just a pleasant memory.

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International Student Association Committee (ISAC)

ISAC works hard to help make international students feel at home at Calvin College. It designs events where international students come together for fun and fellowship, get off campus, or learn something new as well as events that connect international and American students and bring more global awareness to the entire Calvin community.

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Rangeela Committee

The Rangeela Committee is responsible for planning the annual Rangeela show which is performed during the beginning of spring semester. The committee comes up with a theme, solicits and chooses acts, and implements every part of the show.

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Each mentor is partnered with a new international student. Mentor and mentee meet regularly to get to know and support each other. Mentors can share the wisdom they’ve gained with those just starting out at Calvin College.

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Cross-Cultural Engagement

Each new international student is invited to take a one-credit course, IDIS 194 “American Ways,” where they are partnered with an American or Canadian student for a semester. Each week the international students discuss one aspect of culture and their homework is to interact with their partner. The North American students also receive credit for taking the course.

Student Organizations

There are over 70 student-run organizations that one could join. A few that are led by international students or feature issues from other cultures include: