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DR. JEFFREY PALIS, ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT FOR GLOBAL EDUCATION Cottrell Hall 146 | (336) 841-9636 | jpalis@highpoint.edu Dr. Palis oversees High Point University’s study abroad and exchange programs and international student programs and services. Dr. Palis serves as the Principal Designated School Official, serving as the main point of contact with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to oversee matters related to immigration and student visas. Dr. Palis also collaborates with academic units on the HPU campus to host visiting scholars, international speakers and artists to achieve the dual goals of bringing High Point University students and faculty to the world and welcoming the world to the High Point campus. A native of Winston-Salem, Dr. Palis got his start in international education as a study abroad and exchange coordinator in the university system of Georgia, working his way up to comprehensive international director in Georgia before moving on to become the founding Director of Global Studies and Study Abroad at Lamar University in Texas. Dr. Palis earned a Fulbright Grant to conduct his dissertation research in Riga, Latvia, and has work and travel experience in more than 65 countries.

KRISTEN CRUZ, SENIOR COORDINATOR FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES Cottrell Hall 144 | (336) 841-9471 | kcruz@highpoint.edu Ms. Cruz serves as the main point of contact for international students at High Point University through ongoing immigration and visa advising as a Designated School Official (DSO). She ensures institutional and student compliance with federal immigration-related regulations, interprets and creates policies, and designs programs to help acclimate HPU’s international students to life in the U.S. and on campus. Ms. Cruz is on the Executive Board of the North Carolina Association of International Educators (NCAIE) and is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. A proud Buckeye from Toledo, Ohio, she is a two-time graduate of Bowling Green State University, where she holds a master’s degree in cross-cultural and international education, a certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and dual bachelor’s degrees in Africana studies and history. Prior to joining HPU, she worked in international student programming at Purdue University Northwest and served in the Peace Corps in Namibia.

CHRIS FERGUSON, SENIOR ADVISOR FOR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS Cottrell Hall 144 | (336) 841-9051 | cferguso@highpoint.edu Mr. Ferguson works closely with High Point University students, helping them find and prepare for relevant academic experiences abroad and process their experiences to develop their intercultural competencies and skill set. Ferguson also serves as a Designated School Official and assists international students with immigration matters, creating and updating immigration and school records, and advising on immigration policy. In addition to his advising responsibilities, he works closely with HPU’s bilateral exchanges and facilitates the transfer of study abroad credits. A graduate of HPU, Ferguson discovered a passion for teaching which eventually led him to move to China to work with college students and pursue Chinese language study. He has academic and work experience in China and Thailand and travel experience in Asia and Europe. In addition to his passion for education, Ferguson is a chef and history buff. He enjoys exploring cultures through their cuisine and by connecting their history with their present ways of life.

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HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY is committed to academic excellence. Students are taught by distinguished professors who are actively involved in both teaching and scholarly research. Emphasis on undergraduate research provides students and faculty the opportunity to work collaboratively on a number of special projects and initiatives.

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NATIONAL RECOGNITION High Point University president Dr. Nido Qubein’s inspiring life story is one filled with adversity and abundance. It is through the lens of his life accomplishments that one appreciates his current role as an educator, philanthropist and passionate advocate for the development of our future leaders. Not many university presidents teach a class, but Dr. Qubein always proves the exception to the rule and, in fact, teaches two classes. At the age of 17, he came to the U.S. with little money and a limited command of the English language. His achievements have earned him the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, induction into the Horatio Alger Society of Distinguished Americans and placement within the National Speaker’s Association Hall of Fame. Dr. Qubein is a nationally recognized speaker, author and consultant. PRESIDENT’S SEMINAR ON LIFE SKILLS The President’s Seminar on Life Skills is a required course for every freshman in which students reap the benefits of Dr. Qubein’s lifetime of learning and achievement. Through this class, students learn about a variety of ‘life’ topics that include: how to develop positive self-esteem, the art of goal-setting, the fundamentals of leadership and much more! Called Life Skills, this course gives students a hefty dose of real-world pragmatism as they enter HPU. The skills they learn are meant to help them succeed in all aspects of life—academic, professional and personal. By taking the course as freshmen, the rest of their course work is experienced through the lens of practical application. It sets the tone for developing an intentional life plan. www.highpoint.edu/president

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LOCATION AND CLIMATE LOCATION High Point University is located in North Carolina on the east coast of the United States. We are fortunate to be located in the City of High Point, a city with a population of 112,000. High Point is a member of the Piedmont Triad, which has a population of over 1.65 million people. Some of the national and global companies in the area include: AT&T, Bank of America, Citicard, FedEx, Honda Aircraft Company, Klaussner Furniture Industries, Krispy Kreme, Lincoln Financial Group, Mack Trucks, Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, Procter and Gamble, the Volvo Group, UPS and many others.

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CLIMATE North Carolina has a mild climate, allowing us to enjoy a few days of light snow in the winter, long fall and spring seasons and warm sunshine in the summer. High Point experiences all four seasons.

AVERAGE HIGH

AVERAGE LOW

Jan

51°F (11°C)

30°F (-1°C)

Feb

56°F (13°C)

33°F (1°C)

Mar

64°F (17°C)

39°F (4°C)

Apr

74°F (23°C)

48°F (8°C)

May

80°F (27°C)

56°F (13°C)

Jun

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65°F (18°C)

Jul

90°F (32°C)

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Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO)

10 miles

Aug

88°F (31° C)

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Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

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Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)

90 miles

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82°F (28° C)

61°F (15°C)

Oct

73°F (23° C)

49°F (9°C)

Nov

63°F (17° C)

41°F (4°C)

Dec

53°F (11°C)

33°F (1°C)

HPU provides complimentary shuttle service for HPU students traveling to and from all three of these airports.

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ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

HPU offers advanced-level English as a Second Language (ESL) courses that earn college credit. These courses provide additional support to English Language Learners whose proficiency is still developing upon matriculation at HPU. All non-native speakers of English applying to the university must submit a TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, MET or iTEP score. Non-native English speakers may also demonstrate the minimum English language proficiency required for admission if they attended for two consecutive years, and graduated from, an accredited USA-based high school or if they obtained an official score of 4 or higher on either the IB Higher Level Language examination in English or the AP Program examination in English Language. Students who are academically qualified, but do not meet the minimum requirements for English proficiency, may be conditionally accepted to HPU. In order to gain Conditional Acceptance (CA), student must attend a certified and qualified English Language School. After successfully completing and receiving certification that they have reached the equivalent of the English language tests scores required by HPU, they will be fully admitted to the university. Upon admission to High Point University, all non-native English speakers are required to take an ESL placement exam. The results of this exam will determine whether the student will be required to take 0-16 hours of creditbearing ESL classes during the first two semesters at High Point University. Any required ESL classes will fulfill the Foreign Language portion of the General Education (Core) Requirements. All students have access to support services such as ESL tutoring free of charge.

TOP MAJORS OF FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS 1. Business 6. Finance 2. Undeclared 7. Marketing 3. Exercise Science 8. Entrepreneurship 4. Biology 9. Criminal Justice 5. Psychology 10. Education

NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH Students applying from countries where the native language is English must submit an SAT or ACT score in lieu of a TOEFL or IELTS score. Students attending a high school where they are instructed primarily in English may also submit an SAT or ACT score.

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SAFETY & SECURITY High Point University is unlike most American universities in that it features gated entrances, secured perimeters and key card access to all academic buildings and dorms. It is a campus that is designed to provide both comfort and security. HEALTH SERVICES HPU Student Health Services by Novant Health operates like a full-fledged primary care office. The Novant team of physician assistants, nurses and other medical professionals offer medical examinations, treatment of illnesses and injuries, referrals to specialists, immunizations and flu shots, laboratory testing, 24-hour nurse phone support, same-day appointments and more. TRANSPORTATION The High Point University Transportation Department offers the following complimentary services to students: n CAMPUS SHUTTLES: continual shuttle service for locations on campus. n SHOPPING SHUTTLES: service to Walmart, Target, local grocery stores and shopping centers. n MEDICAL, DENTAL AND SPECIAL NEEDS: transportation for doctor, dentist and physical therapy appointments. n AIRPORT AND HIGH POINT TRAIN STATION SHUTTLES: service to/from the High Point Amtrak Train Station, PiedmontTriad International Airport, Raleigh-Durham International Airport and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

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MAKING HPU HOME High Point University is designed to be a residential campus. Ninety-nine percent of all first-year students and 95% of all upperclassmen live on campus until they reach senior status. This promotes a rich and engaging campus life and also allows international students to hone their English language skills while truly experiencing what living on a college campus has to offer. Roommate selection is based on results from a housing survey about individual living preferences. This is especially important for international students, as your roommate will likely be the person you practice your English with the most.

DINING With 16 dining venues located throughout campus, students have a variety of menu options to suit their palates. We recognize that many students have specific dietary needs, and we gladly offer many accommodations including special dietary and nutritional programs.

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GLOBAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION HPU’s Global Student Association is one of many vibrant organizations on campus that welcomes international students. The goal of the Global Student Association is to promote diversity and add multicultural awareness within the HPU community. The organization focuses on creating a welcoming global environment for all students while embracing cultural differences and providing programming that focuses on international themes. Leaders from the organization collaborate with the Office of Global Education on HPU’s annual International Festival and International Education Week celebrations, which serve as excellent opportunities for international students to share their culture and heritage with other HPU students. Members are also involved in welcoming and mentoring new international students when they arrive to campus to begin their studies at HPU.

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CAMPUS RESOURCES Cottrell Hall is home to the Flanagan Center for Student Success. This 43,000-square-foot facility was funded entirely by parents and serves as a hub of professional development for students. It houses the Office of Career and Professional Development, Global Education, Undergraduate Research and Creative Works, a Sales and Entrepreneurship Center, a Creative Commons that reflects today’s collaborative workforce and more. A globe in front of the facility and international themes throughout the building reflect the 21st century global marketplace.

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Dr. William Gentry (on right), Vice President of Student Life advises students on the best internships for their career path.

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

The Office of Career & Professional Development at High Point University offers assistance in all aspects of the career planning, internship and employment process. The office plans a career trajectory for students according to their chosen majors and goals.

International Student Spotlight LUIZA FOGACA Porto Alegre, Brazil “HPU provided so many opportunities for us to chase our dreams. The school gave us the tools; we just had to take advantage of it and start the engine.”

REZA MOGHTADERI Isfahan, Iran From the first day of his enrollment at HPU, Moghtaderi made a commitment to leave a positive mark on campus. He has tutored fellow students in subjects like chemistry, math and computer science. Moghtaderi graduated from HPU in 2016, having already started his own company and landing his dream job. “I was able to start my own company before graduating college because High Point University helped me find what I’m passionate about, instilled in me a ‘can do’ entrepreneurial attitude and allowed me to be surrounded by individuals who truly care about me and my continual growth.”

PUREUN KIM Daegu, South Korea “Every faculty member at HPU is dedicated to helping each student one-on-one. HPU is where you can find a path to a bright future, mainly because of the caring people and extraordinary environment.” MARINA BERENGUER Sao Paulo, Brazil “When I first arrived at High Point University, I was afraid that I would miss home and that it would be difficult to make friends. I quickly realized how nice and welcoming everyone was and how much it felt like home.” YU LIN PAN Beijing, China “HPU is a very pretty school, and you know the professors really care about every student. My favorite thing to do is walk around campus because it is so beautiful.” ELEONORA FALLABRINO Torino, Italy “High Point University has influenced me not only in the academic realm, but it has also instilled great values that will help me in the workforce. I am so thankful to be part of this great family, I will take with me the many essential lessons learned at HPU and will apply them in real life.”

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TASHI RABBANI, ‘11, is a native of Pakistan and is currently a vice president and certified community mortgage specialist at Truist Bank in Sugar Land, Texas.

BRUNA ZUCCHI, 19, is a native of Brazil and is currently a business development intern at Aon in Milan, Italy.

MATTEO BELLUSCI, ‘16, is a native of Canada and is the director of operations at Vendemmia International Wines in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

LEWIS DAY, ’20, is a native of the United Kingdom and is currently a digital marketing coordinator at WebMO in Tucson, Arizona.

IBRAHIM SHTAYYEH, ‘16, is a native of Palestine and attends graduate school at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England.

YUYA NAKAMURA, ‘08, is a native of Japan and is currently the head athletic trainer at Neosho Community College in Chanute, Kansas.

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