Welcome Orientation Week

International Student Services (ISS) staff, including 19 International Assistant student volunteers, welcomed 393 new international students at Welcome Orientation Week (WOW), which occurs the week before the start of each quarter. Many of our new students come from China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, France, and Saudi Arabia.

In addition to students, over 80 parents of new international students and Edmonds CC partners joined us during WOW to attend a separate day-long orientation tailored for them. All the while, the ISS Office supported returning international students in getting prepared for the new academic year.

ISS is already preparing for Winter Quarter's WOW, which will be held December 28-30.

International Education Week

Celebrate International Education Week November 14-18. Events to include a TED Talk Discussion on Globalism and Identity, Japanese Culture Talk, Jun-Ai Japanese Film Screening with the film's director, and the International Resource Fair.

Global Engagement

Applications are now open for Global Engagement Grants of up to $2,500 for international projects that will directly lead to increasing students' personal experience with international or intercultural issues, communities, or people. Deadline to submit is November 20. For more information, see employees.edcc.edu/global-opportunities

Faculty Abroad
Stay tuned to hear about Edmonds CC faculty who are leading groups abroad for spring and summer breaks. Destinations include Cuba, Italy, and Thailand!

Students Abroad
Did you know that we have students studying or interning abroad this quarter in Japan, Brazil, and England? Edmonds CC offers more than 11 countries to choose from, ranging from two weeks to one year.

Culture Talk Series
The Culture Talk series kicks off on November 15 spotlighting Japan. Several more talks will be scheduled for this year.

University Transfer Fair & Visits

A record 76 universities participated in the Fall International Transfer Fair that was recently held on October 26th. Perennial student favorites UC Irvine, UNLV, the University of Minnesota, and Purdue University were in attendance. Among first time participants were the University of Nebraska, Utah State University, and the University of Delaware.

The ISS office in Snohomish Hall includes two conference rooms and both Indiana University and the University of Iowa took advantage of the space to schedule private advising meetings with our students at the conclusion of the fair.

The Edmonds CC International Transfer Fair is part of a consortium of 10 area community colleges hosting a circuit of fairs two times a year. Our next event will be held February 1, 2017.

Student Profile: Huanan Zhao

By: Jan Peterson, Faculty, Intensive ESL

Last year, when Huanan Zhao retired from his career as professional basketball player in the CBA (China's equivalent to our NBA), he decided to make a big move. Now Huanan is studying English in our Intensive ESL program, taking his first steps towards a US university degree.

At age 12, Huanan was recruited by the Beijing Aoshen basketball team, so he moved away from his parents and home city in Liao Ning Province, not too far from the North Korean border. He had school in the morning, but the rest of his life was basketball. Huanan played with Aoshen as a point guard for 15 seasons. Games, tournaments, and summer camps brought him to Singapore, Europe, and the US.

Huanan still loves basketball. He hopes to have a job related to the sport after finishing a university degree. For now, he is happy to learn more English and to provide a US experience for his wife and their almost six-year-old son, who attends a local elementary school. They especially appreciate the quiet life and clean air in Lynnwood, compared to Beijing. You may recognize Huanan on campus. He is 6'6" (199 cm) and he always has a friendly smile.

Conversation Partner Program

ISS coordinates the Conversation Partner Program (CPP). This quarter, 65 students have been paired and meet weekly with their partner to practice communication skills and learn about one another's cultures. The quarter will end with a celebration and cultural potluck on November 30 - all are welcome!


So far this quarter, students have wandered through a corn maze, cheered on the Seattle Sounders to clinch a playoff seed, and watched Chinook salmon make the fight of their life swimming back to their hatchery in Issaquah. Upcoming, we have two more salmon sighting trips and a big outing to visit Leavenworth, WA.

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