Resources: UIS International Learning Community

Model United Nation (MUN)

The 2015 MUN delegation from UIS represented Bosnia and Herzegovina
The 2015 MUN delegation from UIS represented Bosnia and Herzegovina

This is a series of courses for students who attend the annual National Model UN Conference in New York each spring.  In the fall before the conference (per PSC 478), the UIS delegation forms and members gather information about the country they will represent. In the spring (per PSC 483), the delegation submits resolutions to the National MUN and attends the conference, a simulation of the United Nations Organization, where resolutions are discussed, debated, and voted upon by all countries represented in the council and committees.  Professor Adriana Crocker (PAC 368, 206-8329) is the faculty adviser and instructor.

photo of Lyssa Barth
Lyssa Barth [Global Studies/Social Work ’14] while on study abroad in Uganda. [photo courtesy of UISCSF]

Study Abroad Resources

Employers strongly value study-abroad experience.  Research shows that in the US business community, “Study abroad experience is widely recognized … as having the potential to cultivate valued skills and desirable personal qualities in new recruits.”  Surveys show that graduates with study-abroad experience see their resumes favored over others with similar credentials.   Employers are looking for graduates with the flexibility of experience and intercultural communication skills that come from study abroad.  See: The Value of International Education to U.S. Business.   In fact, one employer said he would “sooner hire a student with a Grade Point of 3.0 who has studied abroad over a student with a 4.0 who has never left campus.”

For the wide range of study abroad opportunities available to UIS students, see International Programs at UIS.  For Scholarships for Study Abroad see Global Experience Scholarships (annual deadline is February 15).

Speakers/Films on International Topics

UIS provides many opportunities to hear a variety of speakers or films on a range of global issues.  These include the UIS Speakers Series, the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois and the Foreign and Independent Film Series.  To be added to an email list to receive occasional announcements of these events, please email Dr. Frost.

International House at UIS

Students Living in International House
International House allows you to live with other students from multiple foreign countries and the U.S. and learn about the world through the eyes of your housemates.  Share food, fashion, music, customs, and perspectives on life that you might otherwise encounter only through extensive travel and expense.  See International House for details.

Conversation PartnersInternational Students Chatting with their Conversation Partners

Interested in meeting students from around the world?  Join the University’s Conversation Partner Program, which brings together non-native and native English speakers in one-on-one partnerships, matched according to each of your mutual schedules and your shared interests.