From her home in Vietnam to the campus of R-MC to a school in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, international student Phuong Bui '15 has focused on learning and exploration. At R-MC, the chemistry major and mathematics minor has pursued a SURF research project and served as a student tutor and as an International Assistant. Away from campus, she joined a volunteer group of students, led by French Professor Jennifer Shotwell, who traveled to Haiti for a grant-supported project promoting peace through education.
Read more about Phuong Bui's SURF project
Read more about the "Spark of Hope for Peace" volunteer trip to Haiti
Watch a video interview with Phuong Bui
The International House is a hub for international life on the R-MC campus, fostering intercultural friendships and initiating cross-cultural learning experiences for residents and for the R-MC community as a whole. The International House provides accommodations for 12, along with a full kitchen and welcoming community spaces, and every year serves as home for a unique mix of cultures, with students both from abroad and from the US sharing the residence.
The International Assistant Program matches new international students with returning R-MC students. Some of these IAs were once new international students themselves, while others are US students, many of whom have studied abroad and know what it is like to be a foreigner in another country. These IAs assist the new international students in their adjustment to life at the college and to US culture in general.
The Office of International Education sponsors an annual photo contest, highlighting images that capture the international experience. See our Flickr page of winning pictures or find out about the 2014 Photo Contest.
Through a variety of activities, programs and events, R-MC's annual International Education week celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Read about International Education week.