Fulbright Gateway Orientation 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

From Aug. 19 to 23, Vanderbilt University hosted a Fulbright Gateway Orientation for newly arrived Fulbright foreign students. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the Fulbright Gateway Orientation program is made available to Fulbright foreign students as part of its flagship Fulbright Program and designed by the Institute of International Education in cooperation with ECA.

Fulbright Gateway Orientations are intended to address participants’ roles and responsibilities as Fulbrighters and to enhance their skills for academic, personal and professional success while in the United States.

Vanderbilt’s vision for the Gateway Orientation was to design a program that would serve as a foundation for Fulbright graduate students throughout their time of study in the United States. Vanderbilt constructed a program that involved faculty, staff, and current graduate students to provide participants access to the full range of the university community.

Sessions involved representatives from the College of Arts and Science, Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, and Psychological and Counseling Center. The schedule incorporated academic, cultural, and social opportunities for participants, exposing them to a wide range of graduate student life in the United States. Among the events and sessions were a tour of Vanderbilt’s First Amendment Center; a trip to The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson; a picnic dinner at Centennial Park; and a night of line dancing at the Wildhorse Saloon.

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