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Programs

International Cooperation Programs

The Rinker Center sponsors several international cooperation programs, including international double-degree programs, short-term visiting scholar programs, nondegree study programs, and faculty-student-exchange opportunities. For more information, please contact the Rinker Center at 765-285-5422 and ask about a specific program.

Welcome to Ball State! social events during Welcome Week

These events bring together new international students, current international students, American students, and community members to welcome new Cardinals to campus. There is a wide range of activities throughout the week, including meet-and-greets, making delicious s’mores (a combination of marshmallow, chocolate, and graham crackers), a bowling and ice cream social, and a chance to talk with current students about life at Ball State.

Festival on the Green – attending Muncie Symphony Orchestra events

International students, Rinker Center staff, and Intensive English Institute staff join together to attend the annual Festival on the Green. Each summer, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra performs on Ball State’s campus in an open-air performance. We come together for a “pot luck” picnic dinner before the performance and then enjoy an evening of traditional American music.

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

The Rinker Center, the Multicultural Center, and the Counseling Center at Ball State host the annual International Thanksgiving Dinner. The dinner is held in the Rinker Center Yuhas Room. International students, volunteers, and diversity leaders are recognized and honored at the event. Participants get to learn about American culture and traditions while enjoying a family-style Thanksgiving meal.

Ice Cream Social

Career Center Workshops

The Rinker Center and the Career Center are collaborating to offer a series of workshops geared toward helping international students learn how to prepare for interviews, market themselves, help prepare for future plans, and stand out as a job candidate. Sessions focus on topics such as résumé preparation, networking and professionalism, job search strategies, and interview preparation. For more information on upcoming sessions, please contact the Rinker Center or Career Center.

Rinker Center Spring Field Trip to Indianapolis

The Rinker Center and the International Ambassadors Association cohost a one-day field trip for international students and student organization leaders to visit Indianapolis, the capital of Indiana. The trip includes two main stops that cover cultural and educational aspects. Program highlights include visiting Indianapolis Zoo and the Indiana Central Canal Walk. Students experience and explore Indianapolis.

Intensive English Institute Engagement

Significant focus is placed on working with students in the Intensive English Institute (IEI) to create a smooth transition from the program into their academic course work.

When you have been accepted into academic programs and are ready to register, you will meet with an international student advisor first to go over the timeline and procedure. Your advisor works closely with you to communicate with the necessary advising office, ensuring you are comfortable and confident about what you need to do next. Your advisor then follows up throughout your studies with updates.

Part of this entails working closely with the IEI to conduct outreach presentations and provide advance notice to students as they prepare for their academic program.

Other Activities

  • Serve as a classroom guest speaker to share information about campus resources.
  • Collaborate with the IEI and encourage student engagement and campus involvement.
  • Serve on various committees to advocate for the international student population.
  • Collaborate with the IEI to support students participating in the IEI Academic Bridge Program.

Questions?

For additional information, please contact Leslie Erlenbaugh.