August 04, 2014

SLU 101 in China Brings University to International Students

The summer orientation program traveled to Shanghai, Beijing and Los Angeles for the first time to bring important information to new students.

Participants in the SLU 101 in China pose for a photo.
Attendees of the SLU 101 in China that was held in Shanghai got to meet representatives from various University offices. Photo by Jean Gilman

Saint Louis University took its summer orientation program, SLU 101, on the road for the first time to meet students and families in Los Angeles, Shanghai and Beijing.

As part of the pilot program, students were able to take the SLU writing exam for English proficiency and pay their deposits for the upcoming academic year.

"This was an innovative and great delivery of our SLU 101 program to students that cannot come to our June orientation sessions," said Jean Gilman, dean of admission.

"Our international students typically travel to campus alone, so this is the first time that we have been able to introduce topics during orientation that we deliver to our domestic student families every year," Gilman added.

Representatives from Mission and Ministry, Student Development, International Services and Admission spoke with incoming students and their families to ensure their academic success at Saint Louis University. Incoming students also had the opportunity to meet and connect with members of the Chinese Student and Scholar Association.

"I believe this was a terrific opportunity for the Chinese students and parents we met, and a forward-looking initiative for the University," said Paul Stark, S.J., vice president for Mission and Ministry. "This visit gave everyone the opportunity to discuss and to reflect the Mission of Saint Louis University in a variety of aspects specific to SLU."

Following the sessions in China, two young alumni events were hosted by alumnus and current member of the Board of Trustees W. Winston Chan, Ph.D. 

"This was an amazing opportunity — not only for our new students and their families — but for our current students and alumni," said Tim Hercules, director of Student International Services. "Students and alumni were excited to have representatives from the University visiting their own country."

"It was exceptional to see the level of engagement and excitement, as well as the amazing work that is being done, by our young alumni in China," Hercules said.

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