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The International Tiger

A Message from the Associate Vice Provost for International Programs

Dear LSU International Friends,photo of Hector Zapata

Louisiana and LSU are rich in culture and global engagement. Louisiana exports good and services to over 170 countries and LSU has historically enrolled students from over 100 countries. Continuing this tradition of global engagement and collaboration, LSU scientists and administrators have maintained research and education connections with a number of partner countries, and one recent example is Panama (see inside story). This issue contains many other exciting stories, from opinions of international students about their life at LSU, to a cultural night with the Honorable Consul General from South Korean, Mr. Hyung Gil Kim and the Korean percussion group, Team Kwanggaeto. You will also find exciting stories about international research programs that International Programs helped sponsored, for example, in Tanzania and Italy, and much more.

I hope you will enjoy our stories while you relax during the holiday season. We wish you an enjoyable Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Geaux Tigers!

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LSU Delegation Visits Panama

This past September, Dr. Hector Zapata, Associate Vice Provost for International Programs, Dr. Harald Leder, Director of Academic Programs Abroad, and Ms. Lorena Colina, Assistant Director of International Services, visited Panamá to explore ways LSU can collaborate and cooperate with partners in Panamá.



International Research Fair

The 5th annual LSU International Research Fair, themed “Diversity, Collaboration, Engagement”, sponsored by LSU International Programs, took place in November. The fair takes place in November each year, during International Education Week, when countries celebrate the benefits of International Education. The fair is a forum for LSU visiting scholars and Fulbright participants to showcase their research and to interact and engage with colleagues and the LSU community. More than one hundred faculty, researchers, and students attended this year’s forum, where 19 visiting scholars and Fulbright participants from 12 countries and 11 disciplines presented their research. 



Inclusion Corner

 "The people I've met at LSU have made the transition to the United States so much easier. It's very different from home, but, the environment at LSU is so helpful and welcoming that I feel like I belong!"

- Fahad M Alhatmi from Ibri, Oman

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photo of Nahid I Al-Balushi

 "LSU feels like a second home! The atmosphere and community is so welcoming and makes you feel like you've been here forever. It's a great place to learn and you get to be a Tiger!"

- Nahid I Al-Balushi from Muscat, Oman


Korean Cultural Night

Korean man with drum

International Programs strives to provide the LSU community with opportunities for cultural connections. The evening of October 16, 2018, LSU International Programs hosted an event for the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, at the LSU Digital Media Center. The Korean Cultural Night allowed the LSU community to experience Korean percussion and dance performances as well as a great speech from Hyung Gil Kim, Korean Consul General.

Internationalization Grants: Tanzania

LSU in Tanzania

LSU International Programs created Internationalization Grants that promote faculty international engagement opportunities at LSU. Dr. Steven Midway, Assistant Professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, received a grant to support his research to improve costal and environmental conditions in communities around the world, focusing on identifying small, coastal villages in the East African nation of Tanzania. Dr. Midway’s student, Matt Robertson, recently traveled to Tanzania on behalf of Dr. Midway and his research.

Landscape Architecture: International Perspectives

Photo of Vladimir Arnost

Visiting undergraduate scholar Vladimir Arnost, from Most, Czech Republic, shares his experiences within the LSU community. This bright, young scholar is studying Landscape Architecture and is using his LSU experience to become a more adaptable architect.

LSU Early Childhood Program: Study Abroad in Italy

The Early Childhood Program has close ties to Italian philosophies of early childhood education. With some assistance from LSU Internationalization Grants, LSU faculty members partnered with faculty from both Salisbury University and the University of Bologna to offer a course, Integrating Aesthetic Experiences into Teaching and Learning, through Salisbury University. 


Did You Know?

  • Two International Services staff members are LSU Alumni!
  • LSU has been offering study abroad programs since 1972.
  • LSU Academic Programs Abroad also offers programs in the United States and U.S. Territories.
  • International Programs receives approximately 14,500 visitors to the front desk every year with an approximate average of 1,205 visitors a month.



More Stories

Other featured stories in The International Tiger

International Programs Welcomes Two New Employees

Ambassador Welcome Evening

A Visit from Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT)

Culture Through Cuisine: Panama

International Art Perspectives: Digital Arts

Study Abroad Fair Fall 2018



Stay Connected!

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