University of South Carolina

Welcome to America: Visiting Fulbrights visit USC

By Megan Sexton,, 803-777-1421

The University of South Carolina will host 40 students from more than two dozen countries Sept. 3 – 7 for a Fulbright Gateway Orientation for newly arrived Fulbright Foreign Students to the United States.

USC will host the foreign students at the downtown Columbia Marriott where they will learn how to adjust to American life and understand the U.S. academic culture and politics as well as develop leadership skills. They also will tour the S.C. Statehouse and USC’s historic Horseshoe, learn how to line dance and experience Southern cuisine and gospel music.

The orientation, one of 10 being hosted throughout the country, is intended to prepare Fulbright students for successful academic, personal and professional experiences while in the United States.

Joining the USC Fulbright Gateway Orientation will be Tom Healy, chairman of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. On Tuesday afternoon, Healy will meet Fulbright alumni, coordinators and current Fulbright scholars to discuss program innovations, perceived barriers to participation and efforts to strengthen the global Fulbright community. The afternoon meeting is hosted by USC’s Office of International Support for Faculty and Staff, and anyone interested in attending may email

The Fulbright Gateway Orientation is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). It is part of the Fulbright Program and designed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in cooperation with ECA. It supports the overall mission of the Fulbright program – to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Posted: 08/31/12 @ 2:00 PM | Updated: 08/31/12 @ 2:34 PM | Permalink