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Miami Dade College Continues to Host International Students for Year-long Program of Enriching Classes and Activities


Miami, July 24, 2013 - A group of international students hailing from various parts of the world has just arrived in South Florida for a year they will never forget. As part of Miami Dade College’s (MDC) international education exchange program, these pupils will learn all about U.S. democracy, customs, culture, and develop leadership skills they will take back to their home countries. 

The program, part of the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Initiative through the U.S. Department of State, will provide – free of charge – an academic year of study for 27 underrepresented, underserved, and non-elite students from developing countries. The students will take courses in applied engineering, business management and administration, early childhood education, information technology, media and tourism, and hospitality management. The syllabus also includes intensive English-language training and supplementary English-language instruction as needed. This is the fourth consecutive year MDC participates in this program, and the first time it will be offered in two campuses: Kendall and Wolfson.

Upon successful completion of the year of study, participants will earn a certificate of program completion and other academic certificates if completed during the program period, participate in MDC’s graduation ceremonies, gain a first-hand understanding of American society, and develop practical skills that will equip them to participate productively in the future.

The students’ ages - from 19 to 48 – are as varied as their countries of origin: from Colombia to the Ivory Coast to Turkey. In addition to course work, the participants will also travel to iconic U.S. cities like New York and Washington, D.C. to get a wider taste of American culture.

About MDC’s Study Abroad Program

Miami Dade College students have the opportunity to travel abroad to some 30 countries and learn about different cultures and customs, while earning credits toward their degree. MDC also oversees and handles applications for non-MDC students in France and Costa Rica, as part of the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS). Study Abroad also offers faculty-led curriculums in selected areas of study like architecture, science, business, nursing, and foreign languages, among others.

For more information regarding MDC’s study abroad program, please visit, or call 305-237-3008.

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