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On behalf of the Department of International Affairs and the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program at Northwest Missouri State University, I welcome you to our website and extend an invitation to visit Northwest!
The Department of International Affairs assists and supports all prospective and current international students through a variety of services and programs. Beginning with recruitment efforts, I-20 processing, visa application support, and travel logistics to new international student arrival and orientation support, International Affairs guides new students to Maryville to begin their exciting educational career. Once students arrive, we provide innovative and supportive programs and services designed to assist international students with the unique challenges and opportunities found in the immigration regulations overseeing their presence. Further, we advise international students how to find appropriate academic services and programs available to all students while we support and provide social opportunities designed to highlight and respect varying cultures. Upon graduation, we actively maintain immigration files of all students on optional practical training (OPT) and we support our international alumni with home country visits and social events. We are proud to have a Japanese Alumni chapter and hope to open other chapters in India, Korea and Mexico in the future. Please see the ESL Program page for more information about the specific services offered in this exciting intensive English language program.
We believe each student deserves culturally competent service. We constantly assess our service delivery in International Affairs as well as in the university to make sure students from many cultures are served appropriately. We also believe International students should be given opportunities to promote and present their culture, thoughts, and perspectives in classroom and social settings in order to expose all Northwest students to the varying perspective present in the world around them.
While Northwest provides a high quality educational environment that promotes student learning in general, International Affairs advances the notion that intercultural competence can enhance the quality of critical thinking skills and accurate analysis in any professional field of study or work. Intercultural competence is the accrued set of skills that allow people to interact effectively with many more people than those who maintain and actively promote a monoculture perspective and worldview. I personally feel the skill of understanding other perspectives and worldviews can be fostered in academic environments that actively promote contact and interaction between people having various gender and gender preference, economic, ethnic, cultural, social, and national heritages.
In this website, we have tried to provide new students, current students, faculty, international educational agents, and educational advisors with the information each group needs. Our pages provide direct information about international students coming to Northwest to study in the ESL Program or to take a full degree. If you have questions about Study Abroad or Student and Faculty Exchanges please click on those links. If your needs are not addressed in this website or on Northwest's, please feel free to contact me.
I hope new students will meet me soon and that each of you finds the information you are looking for in our site.
Dr. Jeffrey Foot