SUNY Oneonta recognizes the unique needs of international students. To that end, the College provides a range of services to enhance the academic, social, and cultural life of students. The campus has a robust calendar of events in addition to the Office of International Education field trips and unique activities. The International Student Organization (ISO), comprised of international and American students, complements more than 80 student clubs/organizations, along with the newly formed Japan Student Association (JSA). The College is equipped with a student health center, providing professional counseling for student health and emotional well-being, along with a fitness center, pool, and gyms for a balanced lifestyle. The College has a research library, 15 residence halls, an unlimited dining/meal plan and innovative My Kitchen facility for international dining experiences and cooking demonstrations. The College is an NCAA Division III campus and has several intramural teams for which international students are encouraged to participate.
The Office of International Education (OIE) takes a proactive approach to student services by providing quality experiences in campus involvement, student employment, service learning, volunteer opportunities, and community service. OIE hosts on and off-campus activities such as field trips, special events, social gatherings, workshops, and guest speakers. Each year, the OIE hosts the International Showcase, which highlights the gifts and talents of its international students. The Center for Social Responsibility and Community, Center for Multicultural Affairs, among other programs, allow students to contribute positively to one’s community for the betterment of a cross-cultural world.
Supplementary English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are offered on campus, supported by a Language Lab with ESL multimedia software, The Center for Academic Development and Enrichment (CADE), Writing Center, and professional and peer tutoring services.
The OIE transitions students effectively from their home country by communicating with them early for pre-departure readiness. Upon arrival, students are assisted with logistical matters such as establishing a bank account, setting up their rooms, and gaining familiarity with the campus and community. A comprehensive international student orientation is followed by a campus-wide orientation which includes academic advising, course registration, and opening ceremonies.
Oneonta is a culturally diverse city amidst the beautiful foothills of the Catskill Mountains. The city has a progressive local and interstate bus system running seven days per week with routine stops on campus. Oneonta is just 4.5 hours by bus to New York City and one hour to the Albany Airport and metro shopping areas. The downtown area offers unique shops and ethnic food in a safe, friendly environment. The regional area is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Catskill Symphony, and The Foothills Performing Arts Center. Upstate New York is a four-season state with mild summers, a beautiful spring, spectacular fall, and winters with plenty of snowfall for the outdoor enthusiast.
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