Lynn University launches a new office to oversee international education efforts
Published Sep. 05, 2012
Lynn University has created a new International Office that will oversee visa processing, orientation and support of international students attending Lynn and direct the launch of a new Center for Learning Abroad (CLA). The CLA will be responsible for all study abroad programming at Lynn including year-long, semester and January-Term (mini semester) programs.
This is the start of Lynn’s plans to expand its study abroad options over the next five years. Starting with J-Term 2013, new programs will be available in Spain, Mexico, the Netherland Antilles (Bonaire), Nicaragua and other possible destinations in addition to several faculty-led trips. By the fall of 2013, the university will have greatly expanded global offerings of study abroad programs for interested and qualified students.
“Lynn University recognizes the global character of economic, social and political institutions and wishes to expand campus internationalization and study abroad to help ensure Lynn graduates are prepared for the future,” Lynn President Kevin M. Ross, said. “We’re delighted to launch this initiative and hope to have a ribbon cutting this fall and launch the new CLA website at about the same time.”
The International Office will be under the direction of Gregg Cox, vice president for academic affairs. The office is now located in the Student Center near the cafeteria entrance, a high traffic area, to make information, advising services and other support readily available. In addition, new programming is being developed to use the many diverse elements of the Lynn student body—a student population with one of the highest percentages of international students in the nation—to help the Lynn community leverage its diversity to enhance learning.
Lynn also continues to expand its existing relationships overseas with American College Dublin, which Lynn founded in 1993, and the full-immersion Shanghai Program jointly administered with CET Academic Programs during the J-Term and spring semester.
“We’re pulling together all international elements related to inbound and outbound students to assure that we maximize academic values and most effectively serve the needs of our student body,” Cox said.
Stevan Trooboff, Lynn’s executive-in-residence, will bring his more than two decades of leadership in international education to Lynn to assist Cox as the school’s Senior International Officer. A well-known figure in international education, Trooboff is the former president and CEO of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).
“In terms of the outbound offerings, Lynn students can experience semester programming in every region of the world - each providing varied academic benefits,” Trooboff said. “The inbound program will leverage Lynn’s heavily international student population and expand programing focused on this diversity to enhance the multicultural exchange occurring on campus.”