CBU welcomes hundreds of students from around the globe
International students at California Baptist University participate in an exercise class at the Recreation Center as part of their international orientation on Aug. 29.
Riverside, Calif. (Aug. 28, 2019) – Nearly 150 new international students from 38 countries are being welcomed at California Baptist University from Aug. 27-30 during international orientation.
Shellyn Beltran, assistant director of international student services, said the various orientation sessions are opportunities to help students with their transition to life at CBU.
“Orientation will cover topics such as culture shock,” Beltran said. “We have them meet with different offices around campus, so they can know what resources are out there.”
Sessions will cover CBU policies and immigration regulations for students. Students also learn about physical and mental health resources offered at the Recreation Center and the Counseling Center, respectively. Additionally, during orientation, students have social outings, starting with a barbecue dinner and then trips to a minor league baseball game and the beach.
Shail Dave, a kinesiology freshman from India, heard about CBU from friends who had attended the university.
“I am looking forward to focusing on my studies and the cultural events that happen here on campus. I’m eager to join them,” Dave said.
Danprng Gao, a graduate nursing student from China, said she wants to learn more about the U.S. and improve in her field of study.
“I wanted to be able to study here at CBU because it is in the U.S., and it’s an amazing opportunity for me,” Gao said.
Approximately 350 international students will attend CBU this fall. Throughout the year, the Office of International Student Services hosts events such as Taste the Nations, Festival of Colors and the Lunar New Year. These events aim to celebrate the cultural diversities of international students and to connect those students with the greater CBU community. Smaller events also are held, such as a cultural café, where international students prepare food or play a traditional game from a student’s home country.
Leslie Shelton, director of international student services, said the activities are aimed at fulfilling the office’s mission: serve students, share culture and connect people.
“It takes extra effort and extra patience to build those relationships because there is a cultural difference and sometimes there is a language barrier,” Shelton said. “Once you do make friends with an international student, it is really valuable because you get to learn so much and experience so many new things.”