MISSION STATEMENT AND PURPOSE
International students make a world of difference to Tarleton State University and to the Stephenville community. By expanding our horizons through a heightened sense of cultural awareness we move forward toward fulfilling our strategic goals of enriching the student experience by fostering a learning environment that values diversity, cultural competence, and global awareness.
One of the University’s core values states: “We pursue campus diversity and inclusion. Ideas and experiences from diverse ethnicities, cultures, and nations strengthen Tarleton. Through the valuing of global, environmental, and cultural awareness, the university populace acknowledges its role as world citizens.”
According to Texan Facts, as of the Fall 2014 semester, international students from 20 countries attend Tarleton State University, including students from: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Kuwait, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Venezuela and Vietnam. Their presence and integration into the academic community make them essential to the very foundation of the university’s defining attributes.
International students begin their studies needing guidance and services as they acclimate to their new environments and gain an understanding of the academic conventions and demands of the institution. They have many questions about customs and values, university regulations, academic issues, campus and community facilities, medical care, transportation, banking, shopping, and entertainment. International Programs serves as an information resource for all partners in the international education process. Over the years, volunteers have provided support to the international community. The purpose of Texan Embassy is to formalize this process by linking these partners and providing a more organized support network.
The Texan Embassy will not only help international students adjust to life in the U.S., but will also enrich the cultural awareness for everyone involved.
Join us and be part of the charter membership of the Texan Embassy. We’re issuing this call to students, faculty, staff, and community members who have an interest in becoming part of a global network.
Texan2Texan brings U.S. students and international students together to share their college experiences in transformative ways. The exchange of ideas and the connections made will create opportunities for native students to learn about the international students’ culture and perspectives, while at the same time allowing international students to find a meaningful way to integrate into the campus culture. International Programs offers the opportunity to local students to join in this fun and exciting learning opportunity through this program.
As an international student, the Texan2Texan program will provide you with the chance to meet local students. They will help you become acquainted with the local scene, as well as the American lifestyle. As a host, sharing in the Texan2Texan program will provide you with the prospect of meeting people from various cultures and backgrounds and helping them experience the best part of Tarleton – its people, values, and traditions.