Office of INTERCULTURAL LEARNING

International Students

Exchange Students: Campus Life

Housing & Meals

Students are housed in double-occupancy rooms in one of the residence halls located on campus. Students may be housed in a suite, which is comprised of two bedrooms (each double-occupancy) and a shared bathroom and common room. No single-occupancy rooms or married student housing are available. Students receive a full meal plan (19 meals/week) in the university dining hall.

Orientation

Prior to arrival, international students are provided with an International & Exchange Student Handbook to assist with the transition to university life in the United States. Information covered in the handbook includes: Southwestern University and the concept of a liberal arts education, the Office of Intercultural Learning, International Student Orientation, a Student’s Perspective, University Services (i.e. bookstore, center for academic success, dining facilities, health and counseling services, etc.), Community Services (i.e. banking, hospital, pharmacy, social security office, etc.), Immigration Information, and Georgetown, Texas. This handbook serves to begin orienting international students to life and studies at Southwestern University, in Georgetown, TX, and in the U.S.A. as a whole.

International students are matched with student mentors who guide them through the initial week/s on campus. Mentors may be returning international students or U.S. students returning from a period of study abroad. Student mentors or a staff member from the Office of Intercultural Learning will provide airport pick-up for those students arriving on the official arrival date. The Office of Intercultural Learning can provide arrival instructions and recommendations to students should they be arriving early. There are formal and informal orientation sessions, including sessions on common procedures (banking, health and safety, shopping, etc.), academics, and cross-cultural adjustment, in addition to an extensive orientation for all new students (first-year, international, and transfer) regarding Southwestern policies and campus life. During this orientation, important logistical information will be covered and registration tasks will be accomplished. Details regarding the academic expectations of the institution will also be covered in this session.

During orientation, international students work with the Office of Intercultural Learning and the Center for Academic Success to register for courses. International students are assigned an academic advisor from the Center for Academic Success to assist in registering for classes, adding/dropping courses, and/or other endeavors as they pertain to the success of the international students in their classes.

Student Activities

Southwestern’s small size gives students the opportunity to get more out of their college experience! Our residential campus is abuzz 24/7. From concerts to renowned guest speakers to salsa lessons to a lively pick-up game of frisbee on the green, you’ll find plenty of things to do around here. And with most students living in our on-campus residence halls, living-learning communities and apartments, you’re never far from home, class, food, or friends.

Through Southwestern’s ninety plus student organizations - including eight nationally-affiliated fraternities and sororities - you can connect intellectually, socially, politically, and spiritually with students who share your passions and interests (e.g. diversity & social justice). Can’t find what you’re looking for? Create it! The Office of Student Activities can help.

Our close proximity to the Texas Hill Country means endless possibilities for outdoor excursion; whether caving, rock climbing, or exploring the vast array of local rivers and lakes. The folks in Intramural and Recreational Activities (SIRA) can outfit and guide you. Or, if you’d rather just take a cardio class or lunchtime pilates, they do that too.

If you like music or comedy, Friday Night Live brings nationally touring performers to the Campus Center. Cinematic Saturdays presents the latest blockbusters at The Cove. Or, step off-campus and discover Georgetown and its festivals, art shows, and award winning town square. And with Austin just a few miles south of us, opportunities abound for expanding your live music, art, culture, and culinary horizons.

As for sports, Southwestern has a variety of ways for you to get involved and show your skills. Participate through nationally competitive club sports and intramurals. Have some fun during our Late Night Robertson Center evenings. Or, ride a Pirate Bike to the fields to cheer on your favorite Pirate team from the stands or sidelines.