As American as Apple Pie: International Students Get a Taste of U.S. Culture

Posted: January 31, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nicholas Zinzer

Continuing its efforts to bring together students coming from abroad so they may integrate with the general George Mason population, the Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS) has organized six events this month alone and will host a Super Bowl party in Fairfax this Sunday to introduce students to American football.

International students attended a Patriots basketball game, a welcome reception and an international coffee hour and went to Washington, D.C. “We took the group out to eat…and to nightclubs,” says Heidi Groetsch, coordinator of Programs and Outreach, referring to “Night Out in D.C.,” an event OIPS sponsored. More than 20 students attended the Jan. 20 event.

The following day, the OIPS-sponsored tour of Washington, D.C., brought together more than 30 students. The day included a tour of the U.S. Senate and other areas of interest in the nation’s capital.

The most recent OIPS international coffee hour drew more than 30 students. It is meant as a “social networking” event, according to Groetsch, and more are planned throughout the semester at both the Fairfax and Arlington Campuses.

For more information about upcoming events, see the OIPS web site.

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