Office of International Programs

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome back! We are excited to kick off the new academic year and hope you were able to get some rest and relaxation over the summer! As the Fall 2017 semester begins, we welcome you to explore opportunities for engagement with the Office of International Programs’ (OIP) offerings throughout the year.  Below are some updates regarding programs/events from OIP. Additionally, the OIP Faculty Toolbox is attached for your quick-reference regarding additional resources that may be of interest.

OIP looks forward to collaborating with you throughout the academic year. Please contact to explore points of connection and/or to coordinate a sign-in sheet for course credit at any of the OIP events.

Live. Learn. Be Global.
The Office of International Programs


H.E. Aung Lynn - Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 3:30 to 5:00pm


Click the image below to access the 2017 Office of International Programs’ Faculty Toolbox. Informational resources that may be of interest for you and/or your students, are compiled (e.g., cultural ambassador international student panel discussions, study abroad classroom presentations, scholarships, programs, speakers, global internships/careers, and more!).

Faculty Toolbox Link




International Welcome Party

Friday, August 25
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

As part of Week of Welcome, all students are invited to a social gathering to celebrate our international community and the start of the fall semester! Please encourage your students to join the International Club and International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) for music, dance, food, and fun!

Third floor, Student Union

Study Abroad Career Workshop

Wednesday, August 30
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Office of Education Abroad welcomes back recently returned study abroad alumni and help them re-acclimate to life in the USA. This event also aims to give students the tools to prepare themselves for lives after graduation by discussing ways in which students can add their study abroad experience to their resume and providing tips on how to articulate what they learned from abroad during an interview with potential employers. Learn more and RSVP Here.

CHHS 128

International Speaker Series: H.E. Aung Lynn, Ambassador of Myanmar to the United States Introducing Myanmar: Culture, Politics, and Foreign Relations

Thursday, August 31
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

The first installment of the 10th annual International Speaker Series will welcome H.E. Aung Lynn, Ambassador of Myanmar to the United States where he will discuss the culture, politics, and foreign relations of Myanmar. Please use our online registration form to RSVP. Faculty interested in reserving space to attend with their classes and/or arrange for an extra-credit sign-in sheet for their students should email More information on the series can be found at

Atkins Library, Halton Reading Room

International Coffee Hour

Thursdays, September 7 & 21
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Enjoy coffee and conversation at this informal gathering held on the first and third Thursday of the main fall semester months: September-October-November. International and US faculty, staff, and students are welcome!

Prospector Faculty/Staff Dining Room

International Speaker Series: Dr. Bernard Weinstein, Global Energy Expert Maintaining a Diverse Portfolio: the Key to Global Energy Dominance

Tuesday, September 21
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

The ways in which energy is produced and consumed around the globe are undergoing rapid and remarkable change. Dr. Bernard Weinstein will share his outlook on the future of global energy. Weinstein, a widely published and consulted energy economist, will discuss his perspective on the greatest challenges facing the U.S. and world in terms of energy resources, renewable energy, and the latest technologies for reducing global emissions. More information on the series can be found at

Atkins Library, Halton Reading Room

Fall Study Abroad Fair

Wednesday, September 27
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Join OIP’s Office of Education Abroad at the biannual Study Abroad Fair where students can learn more about all of their study abroad opportunities. Representatives from international universities and program providers, as well as faculty and study abroad alumni, will be present to assist students as they browse different program options.

Barnhardt Student Activity Center (SAC)




42nd Annual UNC Charlotte International Festival

Saturday, October 14
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The UNC Charlotte International Festival is a celebration of people, places and culture vibrantly displayed through exhibition booths staffed by UNC Charlotte international students and members of Charlotte's international community. Art, crafts, costumes, food, music, dance, and games combine to create the experience of traveling the globe in one day.  Registration, volunteer, and additional details are available online at

Barnhardt Student Activity Center (SAC)

International Education Week
November 13-17, 2017

OIP welcomes collaboration on events or initiatives to be included in the IEW 2017 calendar. IEW is recognized by the U.S. Departments of State and Education the week of November 13-17, 2017 and offers an opportunity to celebrate our ongoing commitment to global and international understanding. Keep this campus-wide observation of global education in mind as you plan for fall. Contact OIP to discuss participation.





Global Engagement Scholars Program (GESP)

The UNC Charlotte Global Engagement Scholars Program (GESP) offers global awareness academic and co-curricular opportunities to a wide and diverse group of students from all academic disciplines, including programs that do not historically offer an explicit global emphasis. Today, employers are looking for graduates who have special skills that demonstrate that they are prepared for the challenges of the 21st century. Such skills include the ability to work in multicultural teams and in diverse contexts. GESP gives students access to international resources and the international community at UNC Charlotte. The program includes three components (academic, co-curricular and international experience) that culminate in a final portfolio project. Students should be able to complete the program in two years or less. For more information, please visit the OGEE website or email

Sponsored Student Memberships to the World Affairs Council of Charlotte

OIP is accepting nominations for a limited number of honorary student memberships to the World Affairs Council of Charlotte (WACC). WACC serves as a regional center for global education and engagement and is hosted on the UNC Charlotte campus in OIP.  Student membership allows access to WACC’s programming and networking at a reduced student rate. Upcoming WACC programs and more information can be found at Nominations are accepted until Friday, September 16. For information on the nomination process, please contact

Gillman International Scholarship

UNC Charlotte students who receive the federal Pell grant are eligible to apply for the national Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship with award amounts ranging from $2,000 - $8,000. The Gilman aims to diversify the types of students who go abroad as well as the location abroad in which they choose to study. The Office of Education Abroad offers both in-person and webinar workshops to overview the Gilman scholarship, application process and tips on how to have a competitive application. To learn more and register for a workshop, please visit:

International Graduate Assistant English Language Assessment      

If your department employs international student graduate assistants, please remember to arrange for the English Language Assessment for Graduate Assistants in F-1 or J-1 visa statuses that are paid for teaching. 


International Faculty Recruitment Finalist Language Assessment 

If your department is recruiting international faculty, please remember that per UNC system requirement, each candidate for whom English is not her/his first language must undergo a language assessment. Generally, a lecturer with the English Language Training Institute will attend the candidate’s presentation, or coordinate alternative arrangements with the hiring department to meet the requirements. Please contact Meriam Brown, Coordinator for the International Instructor Language Support Program within ELTI, to make arrangements.

Contact:  Meriam Brown,

English Language Consultations

International instructors are encouraged to take advantage of confidential English language consultation.  For consultation, contact Meriam Brown, Coordinator for the International Instructor Language Support Program within ELTI.

Contact:  Meriam Brown,

OIP Calendar Updates

To keep current with OIP events and programs, consult our online calendar and/or join us on Facebook.


The Office of International Programs values faculty and student involvement in programming that strives to promote international understanding and global awareness. OIP also welcomes opportunities to collaborate with faculty on initiatives that advance international perspectives. To explore possible connections, contact the Office of International Programs at or 704.687.7755.