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CAMPUS PROFILE 

| University of Massachussetts Boston

tal science, 15 freshmen traveled to the
Azores islands in Portugal to learn about
geology, ecology, and land-use practices.
Erika Welch, a sophomore environmental science major, said that having
an international experience so early in
her college career made her want to
study abroad again. During summer
2016, she spent three weeks in Brazil in
another program piloted through the
School for the Environment.

CHARLOTTE WEST

Global Engagement
Outside the Classroom
Kim Montoni, director of international Andrew Grosovsky, dean of the College of Science and Math, with freshman science and math majors
education, organizes a number of pro- who participated in an exchange with Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland
grams geared toward engaging the
larger campus community in global affairs. Her flagship initiative is such as the Navitas at UMass Boston Undergraduate Pathway ProGlobal Ambassadors, a leadership program that requires students gram. UMass Boston has focused on the development of pathway
to commit to working with international programming for an aca- programs that allow students to work on language skills prior to
demic year.
pursuing a bachelor's degree.
Five to 10 students are selected each year to serve as global amAccording to Michael Todorsky, manager of international partbassadors. Throughout the year, they participate in workshops and nerships, UMass Boston's first pathway program began 14 years ago
professional development opportunities. They are also responsible with four students from one program with Tsinghua University in
for organizing activities for international students on campus, and Beijing, China. Since then, it has expanded to Vietnam and South
they assist Montoni with international student orientation and with Korea. UMass Boston has also established a residential ESL program
the U.S. Department of State's International Education Week.
at the Massachusetts International Academy in Marlborough that
"Our job as global student ambassadors is not only to be a bridge, currently serves around 300 students.
but also to create a very strong community," says Aroma Kazmi, a
Lisa Johnson, vice chancellor for enrollment management, would
psychology major from India.
like to increase the share of international students from its current
The students traveled with Montoni to New York City, where 12 percent. However, the challenge lies in continued growth in dothey visited the United Nations (UN) headquarters. Last year, global mestic enrollment.
ambassadors also attended the 2015 NAFSA Annual Conference
The freshman class of fall 2015 was the largest in the history of
in Boston.
UMass Boston, with nearly 3,400 new students-and even more
Montoni collaborates with other offices on campus, offering growth is projected in upcoming years. To accommodate the expredeparture orientations and health and safety support for non- pected growth, the campus has been under construction with two
credit-bearing service-learning trips offered through the Office of new buildings completed in 2015 and 2016, with an investment of
Student Leadership and Community Engagement. She also works more than $700 million. In 2018 the university will open its first
closely with the Division of Student Affairs, whose activities often residence hall to provide housing for 1,000 students.
dovetail with those of the global ambassadors.
Johnson is excited about the prospect of on-campus housing to
boost international student enrollment: "We just opened these two
Growth Through Strategic Recruitment
academic buildings. We're building another. The residence halls are
The last five years have seen a remarkable increase in the num- going to be beautiful. When all of these dirt piles are gone, you can
ber of international students on the UMass Boston campus, from get back to driving around this peninsula. Who would not want to
675 in 2009-10 to nearly 2,500 in 2015-16, currently making up come here from another country?"
approximately 12 percent of the entire student body. The boost in
CHARLOTTE WEST is a freelance writer in Lima, Peru. Her last article for
international student enrollment has largely been a combination International Educator was "Going Social" in the International Enrollment
of an active recruitment strategy abroad and pathway programs Supplement to the September/October 2016 issue.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - January/February 2017

From the Editor
In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
International Educator - January/February 2017 - Cover1
International Educator - January/February 2017 - Cover2
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 1
International Educator - January/February 2017 - From the Editor
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 3
International Educator - January/February 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 5
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 6
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 7
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - 10
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 11
International Educator - January/February 2017 - Voices
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Act Globally
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Tradition and History
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Health and Insurance
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - View From Out Here
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