Archive | February 2016

SKEMA students visit 2nd largest credit union in the world

Sandra Coburn and Steven Pierce of the North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union in downtown Raleigh hosted a group of SKEMA Business School students and shared about the difference between banks and credit unions. They also learned that SECU is the second largest credit union in the world with 2 million members.



CENet Scholarship Blog: Evi Ugrinsky

Evi is an international studies and economics double major who will be studying at the University of Costa Rica during the spring semester. She was selected as a Cultural Exchange Network scholarship recipient because of her involvement in CENet and other student organizations, such as the Melting Pot (a student group that she founded). She will be blogging about her time in Costa Rica.

Pre-boarding Perspective

I can not remember one time somebody has tried to discourage me from studying abroad. Quite the opposite – other NC State students have told me time and time again what a life changing experience they had while abroad. So, finally, it is my turn! My journey starts tomorrow.

Tomorrow I will step off a plane in San José, Costa Rica. What a relief. For a while, in the midst of all the paper work, I started to become dismayed. I can only encourage students planning to study abroad to think ahead and get started early with the VISA process (start as soon as you become accepted into the program). You do not want to be told that your VISA application is due in one or two months time if obtaining all necessary documents takes up to 14 weeks. While the NC State Study Abroad Office is not allowed to advise on visa processes, they are a huge support in all other aspects.


Moving to Costa Rica for five months is a dream come true. Up until I started packing a few hours ago, it seemed too good to be true that I was leaving. I have made sure to check weather trends for the upcoming months and pack appropriately. Luckily, the weather is looking great! I will be entering Costa Rica during its dry season, what would be considered summertime in North Carolina. I have also packed a few items to make myself feel comfortable in my new home, such as pictures, small little lights, and a small lavender pillow. For my host family in Costa Rica, I have packed local North Carolina honey from the farmers market and German chocolate, souvenirs from where I am from to express my gratitude for sharing their house with me. I am really excited to meet them and to be emerged in the local culture.


In the process of trying to fit 5 months of my life into a suitcase and carry-on:


First French film festival in the books

More than 900 free tickets were “sold” for the first ever Tournées Film Festival at NC State University. The Global Training Initiative partnered with the Union Activities Board Films Committee, NC State Libraries, and SKEMA Business School to present six highly acclaimed contemporary and classic films. The screenings were all free and open to the public and included introductions by esteemed NC State faculty from the College of Design and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The audience for each of the films were diverse, with about half the group comprised of NC State students and the other half were university employees and members of the community. University Student Centers helped sponsor free popcorn at each of the Thursday screenings. And, local organizations, such as Meredith College’s MBA and Foreign Languages and Literature programs, the Alliance Francaise of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, L’Ecole – the French school of Raleigh, Raleigh Sister Cities, and local individuals also helped sponsor the film festival.

Tournées Film Festival is a program of the FACE Foundation, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring French cinema to American college and university campuses. Showcasing established and emerging talents, the festival reflects the diversity and the richness of French cinema through various genres — fiction, documentary, animation and repertory films — giving participants the opportunity to expand their programming and for audiences to experience French cinema through a wider lens.


Alexandre Durand, the Cultural Attaché from the Consulate General of France, helped launch and promote the festival in January with an In-Depth segment recorded with Time Warner Cable News. NC State’s Technician also featured articles and advertisements for the festival. Local media outlets, like the News & Observer and also highlighted the film festival.

2016 Tournees Film Festival

Thanks to everyone who helped make this first film festival a success. We look forward to seeing you all next year!

See film festival photo album on Flickr




GTI Spring Holiday Homestay

In November of 2015, GTI set up 33 visiting international students in local homes during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. We received fantastic feedback–from the hosts and guests alike! In order to provide a similar experience during the Spring Semester, GTI will be organizing Homestays over the Spring Holiday Weekend (March 25-March 27).

Applications are now open for hosts and guests interested in this program. The application deadline is Sunday, March 6, and we hope to have all guests placed by Friday, March 11.


Hosts can choose the number of guests as well as the duration of stay. Hosts will be responsible for providing rides and meals for all guests.

If you are willing to open your home to visiting international students for the Spring Holiday, please complete this short Google Form.


International students attending NC State University are invited to apply for this home stay program by completing this short Google Form. Priority will be given to students studying on GTI programs and those with the earliest applications. You will be notified by Friday, March 11 if you have been chosen for this program.

Please send questions and comments to