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Congratulations to our 2022 VUGlobalCitizens Graduates

Video Recording of VUGC Graduate Recognition Ceremony Keynote Speaker, Chidiogo Nwakoby (via Zoom)

What is VUGlobalCitizens

Who are VUGlobalCitizens

The U.S. serves as an ideal study abroad and oversea research option for many international students and scholars because of it’s flexible education system, renowned reputation, diverse culture and abundant opportunities. The presence of international students and scholars fosters a diverse campus environment, and enriched learning experience with cultural perspectives,  and creates significant positive economic impact on the United States.

As our society is adversely facing COVID-19, heightened visibility of racism and xenophobia, it is vital to reinforce our people-to-people relationships around the globe and to strengthen the infrastructure and pathways to reengage with the world. This identity initiative is named “VUGlobalCitizens” to value and respect the existence of all Vanderbilt community members: students, faculty, staff, and post-docs, that identify as “International” or “Global”:

  • Non-US citizens
  • Foreign nationals
  • Immigrants
  • Nonimmigrants
Goals for VUGlobalCitizens
  • To connect international people at Vanderbilt in efforts to build community amongst this population.
  • To educate members of the Vanderbilt community on the history and culture of various international communities spanning the globe.
  • To advocate for issues relating to the international experience on campus.
Profile of VUGlobalCitizens

On Campus Resources

  • International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provides assistance to international students and scholars who are in the U.S. in F or J visa status. This assistance includes advising on their F or J non-immigrant status, cross-cultural adjustment, and other support for the students and scholars during their time at Vanderbilt.
  • English Language Center provides a wide range of activities for individuals whose first language is not English, including undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, or scholars. The ELC offers various programs such as academic writing, academic speaking, pronunciation, 1-to-1 consultations, workshops and seminars. Check their website to review the options and decide what best fits your learning needs.
  • Writing Studio offers free and confidential writing assistance to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty at Vanderbilt University.
  • Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships provides financial assistance to students. Specific financial aid information for undergraduate international students, click HERE.
  • Student Employment provides clear guidance for international students who are looking for on campus job opportunities or for university employees who are considering hiring international students. If you are an international student looking for job opportunities on campus, click HERE.
  • The Career Center supports international students in exploring internships, providing career coaching, connecting students with alumni, and offering advising on nationally and internationally competitive fellowships. The Center has two career coaches, Alexis Coulter and Christopher Stockdale, who specialize in coaching and supporting all VU international students. For more information about the career process for international students, click HERE.
  • The International Tax Office (ITO) provides International Tax Information. If you are international students, scholars, researchers, and guests who is receiving payment from Vanderbilt University, Click HERE.
  • Student Center for Social Justice and Identity (SCSJI) advocates for Diverse populations of students by intentionally advising and holistically supporting the needs and issues surrounding and affecting them. Check out the International Student Month and find international student organizations advised by SCSJI. 
  • Student Care Network is a holistic network of services and resources pertaining to health and wellness available to all Vanderbilt University students who have paid the Student Health Fee, including all undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
    • My Student Support Program (My SSP) is a free, 24/7 confidential support program available to all International Students. My SSP counselors are available who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, French, and English. For other language preferences, students may request an appointment with a counselor who speaks their preferred language depending on availability.
    • Identity-based Drop-in consultation is available for international students every Wednesday and Thursday 12:00pm-1:00pm. A Drop-in Consultation provides easy access to informal, confidential, and free consultations with clinicians (counselors) from the University Counseling Center (UCC).
  • The Hub is one centralized portal for undergraduate students. Residential colleges offer International Student Orientation (ISO) , which is required for all international first-year undergraduates. International transfer students and domestic students currently living abroad are also welcome to attend, but it is not required. Incoming first-year international undergraduate students can connect with International Orientation Leaders (iLEAD) for better support and guidance.

Resources by Colleges:

General Resources

  • English Language Center provides a wide range of activities for individuals whose first language is not English, including undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, or scholars. Effective Teaching Strategies for International Faculty
    helps faculty members/postdocs who use English as an additional language hone their instructional skills for the US university classroom context.
  • Center for Teaching offers programs and services to promote university teaching that leads to meaningful student learning by helping members of the Vanderbilt community become more effective teachers. Click HERE for the International Instructor Guide.
  • Student Employment provides clear guidance for international students who are looking for on campus job opportunities or for university employees who are considering hiring international students. Steps to hire an international student worker, click HERE.
  • Employee Affinity Groups (EAG) are employee-led and facilitated groups formed around interests, backgrounds, identities, and common bonds. It opens to all Vanderbilt Employees, including faculty, staff and postdocs. To connect with International EAG, contact Yu (Wendy) Wu, the program coordinator in the Office of Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Immigration related information:

  • The Office of Employee Immigration Services (OIS) provides hiring information for foreign nationals include faculty, research, and staff. The information applies to the H-1B, TN, O-1, and E-3 employment-based temporary worker visa categories as well as the permanent resident “green card” process. This office handles only University immigration matters.
  • The International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) provides information for foreign nationals include students and scholars. The information applies to the F and J visa categories. This office handles only University immigration matters.
  • VUMC Global Support will handle VUMC immigration matters.

Human Resource related information:

  • The International Tax Office (ITO) provides International Tax Information.
    • If you are an administrative staff and faculty who is in charge of hiring/paying for International students, scholars and researchers, Click HERE.
    • If you are international students, scholars, researchers, and guests who is receiving payment from Vanderbilt University, Click HERE.
  • All employees at Vanderbilt University are required to complete Federal Form I-9 on or before their first day of employment, regardless of nationalities. Click HERE for specific information.
  • HR Consultants help staff, faculty and managers with key human resource needs. They are available to provide coaching through all aspects of employment, guide employees and managers to resolve employment concerns, clarify policy and answer employment questions, develop strategic initiatives for recognition and retention, assist in conflict management and mediating/facilitating conversations, and offer career development services. Find your HR consultants, Click HERE.


For Postdoctoral Scholars

  • The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) is the central resource for postdoctoral services and serves as a liaison among postdocs and central University administrative offices. OPA supports Vanderbilt-affiliated postdocs as well as faculty and staff administrators who work with the postdoctoral population.
  • The Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association (VPA) is the postdocs-lead association to serve as a platform to bring together and support the Vanderbilt postdoctoral community. All Vanderbilt-affiliated postdoctoral fellows and trainees (VU and VUMC) are welcome to participate in the VPA.

News and Events

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Vanderbilt bolsters support services for international students

Vanderbilt, peer institutions oppose new ICE guidance for international students, will file amicus brief

Off Campus Resources

I-Fam is a non-profit Christian student group that serves international students from all backgrounds at Vanderbilt University. We seek to welcome students to Nashville by helping them adjust to campus life, meet the practical needs they may have and offer authentic friendships and community with fellow Vanderbilt students and community volunteers. Through this community students can practice English, learn about American culture, take fun trips, and have a safe and welcoming environment to explore questions about life and faith through a Christian perspective.

  • American Conversation Partners (ACP)

ACP is an enjoyable and free opportunity for international students, researchers, visiting scholars, and family members to improve English conversation skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Participants meet with native English-speaking American volunteers who provide an opportunity to improve conversational skills and understanding of American culture. Please register by texting or emailing Richard and Mary Barnes at or 615-864-6891.

Nashville’s population continues to expand in diversity of origin, ancestry, and ethnicity, enhancing the region as a cosmopolitan and welcoming place to live and work. The Nashville area has become increasingly popular as a destination for tourists and convention visitors from the U.S. and around the world. Nashville and Middle Tennessee have a wide variety of international business, cultural and social organizations.

TIRRC was founded in 2003. It is a statewide, immigrant and refugee-led collaboration whose mission is to empower immigrants and refugees throughout Tennessee to develop a unified voice, defend their rights, and create an atmosphere in which they are recognized as positive contributors to the state.

CAAN, founded in 2012, is a 501(c)(3) non-profitable arts organization. It is organized to promote the awareness, understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the Chinese visual arts and performing arts. CAAN activities include dance productions, dance workshops, exhibitions, classroom teaching, and educational workshops for adults and children. CAAN brings Chinese arts to Nashville by developing and showcasing talents in Nashville, and bringing to Nashville Chinese artists from around the world. CAAN offers public programs on Chinese art and culture, both traditional and contemporary.

GNCA was established in 1984 with members from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other Southeast Asian countries. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing the Chinese community in Middle Tennessee. GNCA’s mission is to provide a platform for connecting individuals, families, and businesses for Chinese and non-Chinese communities in Middle Tennessee. GNCA strives to share Chinese heritage, culture, and learning resources with anyone interested, and promote diversity in Middle Tennessee.

The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival is a family-friendly celebration of spring and Japanese culture. Admission is free. Festival highlights include a full day of live Japanese music and dance, a roving “Candyman,” martial arts demonstrations, children’s activities, anime merchandise, a Cosplay Contest, sumo-suit wrestling and a variety of Japanese food, including special menus from some of Nashville’s favorite food trucks.