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Centenary College to host 70 Fulbright Foreign Students from 40 Countries to Gain Understanding of U.S. Academic System and American Culture

07/24/2014, 09:51 AM

Hackettstown, N.J. – From August 4, 2014, to August 8, 2014, Centenary College will host a Fulbright Gateway Orientation for 70 newly arrived Fulbright Foreign Students. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the Fulbright Gateway Orientation Program is made available to Fulbright Foreign Students as part of its flagship Fulbright Program (http://eca.state.gov/fulbright), and is designed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in cooperation with ECA. The Fulbright Gateway Orientations are intended to address participants’ roles and responsibilities as Fulbrighters and to enhance their skills for academic, personal and professional success while in the United States.  This is the third year that Centenary College has served as a host site.

The Fulbright Gateway Orientation, held primarily at Centenary College, will feature interactive workshops on topics such as handling culture shock and understanding U.S. academic culture and political life. Through these events, participating students will develop a better awareness of the United States and their leadership role as Fulbrighters.  Some off-site opportunities include visiting SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pa. and Winakung at Waterloo, Inc. in Stanhope.

Centenary College’s Fulbright Gateway Orientation is one of nine hosts across the United States by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as part of its flagship Fulbright Program. These orientations, an integral part of the Fulbright experience, benefit arriving Fulbright Foreign Students and support the mission of the Fulbright Program – to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. 

“It is such an honor for Centenary College to be selected to host the Fulbright Gateway Orientation Program for the third year,” says Nancy Paffendorf, Dean for Community and College Affairs at Centenary College.  “Hosting this program at Centenary is a natural fit, as the College houses a School of International Programs and offers a Master’s degree in Leadership and Public Administration, as well as other relevant programs.  This process will aid Fulbright graduate students in their transition to life and education in the United States and provide insight to professional development.”

About Centenary College: Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County). The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs online and in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey. The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.