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Table of contents


FYI: a guide to key IU terms


A look at campus culture centers


Fighting homesickness


International students at IU


IU’s international community


Resources for language proficiency


Talking campus safety with IUPD



Members of the Indiana University Chinese Student and Scholar Association perform a traditional dance during the World’s Fare on Nov. 11, 2013 at Alumni Hall.

Welcome to IU, new students! It’s no secret that making the adjustment to college can be a little daunting at first. Making the adjustment to college in a new country must be even more so. With that in mind, we’ve put together the International Student Guide, a handbook to help you with all things IU. We’ve included everything from tips and tricks to

avoiding homesickness, resources to use when you’ve got questions about IU and Bloomington, a guide to IU terms and campus culture centers and more. Regardless of how many miles you traveled to get here, you’re part of the IU family now. We wish you the best of luck in the coming years, new Hoosiers. We hope you enjoy the journey. Holly Hays

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JUST FYI HERE ARE A FEW KEY TERMS THAT ARE USEFUL TO KNOW AROUND CAMPUS. A&H Courses categorized as Arts and Humanities by the College of Arts and Sciences. Academic probation Occurs when a student’s cumulative GPA for a semester falls below 2.0. AI Associate instructor Big Ten The collegiate athletic conference of which IU is a member. The other schools in the Big Ten are Purdue, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Northwestern, Iowa and Nebraska. Bursar The office that bills tuition and room and board fees. The Bursar’s office is located in the Poplars Building W100, 400 E. Seventh St. Campus Access In addition to being your photo ID, your Campus Access card serves as your library card, bus pass, residence hall meal card and debit card. COAS The College of Arts and Sciences. It’s sometimes called simply “the College.” GLBT SSS The Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Student Support Services. It provides support, information and advocacy for potential and current students as well as concerned parents and curious parties. The office also offers counseling services and programming throughout the year. IMU Indiana Memorial Union.

It’s often referred to as “the Union,” located at 900 E. Seventh St. IUSA IU Student Association. IU’s student government.

Canvas .Similar to Oncourse, it allows you to track grades, turn in assignments and access materials posted by professors, instructors and aids.

IUSF IU Student Foundation. It’s a nonprofit organization that raises funds for the University. IUSF sponsors the Little 500 bike race. Little Five The famous Little 500 bicycle race and the week of events surrounding it. MAC Musical Arts Center, located at 101 N. Jordan Ave., across from Read Center. It is the site of Jacobs School of Music opera performances and IU Ballet Department shows.


Courses categorized as Natural and Mathematical Sciences by COAS.

OneStart A site that gives you access to your student email account, schedule, transcript, grades and other University services. It will be replaced by One.IU ( in October 2015. Oncourse An online portal for IU faculty and students to keep in contact for classes. Professors and students can post resources, set up message boards and more on pages made for each particular class.

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S&H Courses categorized as Social and Historical Studies by COAS. SAB Student Athletic Board. Allows students to be involved with IU athletics without being athletes.

Student ID number. Used to access your transcript or your schedule online. Sometimes required by professors when taking tests.

Office hours Times that your professors set aside each week to be available to answer questions you have about their classes.


Residential Programs and Services. The division that handles all things related to a student’s living environment, including dorm rooms, meal plans and programming.





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SRSC Student Recreational Sports Center, located on Law Lane. A 204,000 square-foot facility that offers more than 400 workout machines in addition to other programs, club sports and courts for working out.


UD University Division. The part of IU most freshmen are automatically admitted into and remain in until they are accepted by the school of their major. UITS University Information Technology Services. Deals with all things computer and technology-related on campus.







Culture centers showcase diversity IU has many resources around campus for those looking to celebrate diversity. Here are just a few of the culture centers IU has to offer. OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICES 400 E. Seventh St. The Office of International Services offers cultural, social and educational programs to support international students on the IU campus. The office also puts on programs and events for all kinds of student groups.

LA CASA LATINO CULTURAL CENTER 715 E. Seventh St. The center promotes academic excellence, personal growth and cultural pride through support services. In addition, it works as an advocacy office and hosts film screenings, lecture series and cultural activities.

FIRST NATIONS EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL CENTER 712 E. Eighth St. The First Nations Educational and Cultural Center assists in connecting students and building a Native American community at IU. The center attempts to create a “free zone� where all supporters of the center, regardless of race, can come together. It hosts an annual Powwow, which will take place on Nov. 7-8, 2015.

NEAL-MARSHALL BLACK CULTURE CENTER 275 N. Jordan Ave. The Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center aims to raise awareness of issues African Americans face. It is named after the first male and female black students to graduate from IU, Marcellus Neal and Frances Marshall.

HELENE G. SIMON HILLEL CENTER 730 E. Third St. The Hillel Center strives to make sure Jewish students on campus have a home away from home. The center contains workout facilities, learning resources and kosher dining facilities. It also provides Shabbat dinner and holiday meals.

ASIAN CULTURE CENTER 807 E. 10th St. The Asian Culture Center aims to promote understanding of Asian and Asian-American cultures, history and issues. Look for the ACC to be represented around campus and watch for its programs during the year, a celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month and a free Asian language learning program.

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Dancers perform a traditional fan dance during the Chinese Spring Festival Gala on Feb. 20, 2015 at the IU Auditorium.



Homesick? Thousands of miles away from home, international students often face homesickness and culture shock. By Tyler Mohr

Xue Jiang is a 21-year-old international student who will graduate from IU in August with a degree in telecommunications. Originally from China, she has lived in America for four years and has not seen her family in more than a year. “I was extremely homesick my freshman year, but I got used to America as time went on,” Jiang said. “This experience has opened my eyes to American culture and helped fulfill my life.” In fall 2014, IU had 8,684 international students, according to iStart, an online service for international students, scholars and staff. The majority of these students traveled thousands of miles to study in America and left behind friends and family. Most of the University’s international students come from China, India, Korea and Canada, according to Rendy Schrader, director of student advising for International Student Services. Homesickness and culture shock are prevalent among international students and are dealt with by making new friends or joining groups, adjusting to the classroom setting, and creating check in times with their families back home. When Jiang came to America, she didn’t know anyone. She said she did not speak English well and struggled to connect with American culture. “I found it was easier to communicate in person because I could use gestures, but it was very difficult to talk over the phone because they could not understand me,” Jiang said. Schrader said most international students experience the same initial challenges American students experi-

ence. They must learn how to take care of themselves and make new friends, but the language barrier makes it more difficult for international students. “Most international students start out by making friends with other international students from their home, then they reach out to students from the same country, then they reach out to international students in general and lastly they become friends with IU students,” Schrader said. IU provides a few programs to help international students deal with homesickness and culture shock, Schrader said. The OASIS international program along with Counseling and Psychological Services serve to help international students with any questions or concerns they may have, according to the IU Health Center’s website. “We try to ask the students questions to see if they are having a tough time adjusting. We usually notice that international students are feeling down around November, and we try to help them,” Schrader said. Another cultural difference international students must experience is the classroom setting. According to Jiang, the classroom atmosphere in China is very different. In China, the professor teaches and no one asks questions or challenges the professor, she said. “I was afraid to raise my hand in class at first because you do not do that in China,” Jiang said. International students must get use to interacting within the classroom and also understanding plagiarism and its consequences. “Generally, international students are used to listening to the professor,

“I believe international students choose IU because we incorporate real-life situations and work into our studies.” Rendy Schrader, director of student advising, International Student Services

memorizing the material and then taking the test,” Schrader said. “They are not used to thinking independently, and this causes them to struggle with plagiarism. They are used to just memorizing material and regurgitating it.” Jiang is an only child and said it was very difficult to leave her family behind in China. At first, she said she would call her parents frequently but got used to it over time. “My family and I would talk once every two weeks, which allowed me to detach myself from them but also heal my homesickness,” Jiang said. Frequently talking to their parents makes it harder on international students, Schrader said. “I had a group of international students who asked their parents not to call them because it made it harder on them,” Schrader said. “They will generally set up a check in time and only speak on that date.” IU’s international student enrollment has increased every year since 2010, according to iStart. Schrader said she thinks international students choose to study here because education in the U.S. is more practical than what they have in their home countries. “I believe international students choose IU because we incorporate real-life situations and work into our studies,” Schrader said.


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Reaching out It’s no secret that the best way to adjust to college is to take advantage of everything it has to offer. Here’s a glimpse of some of the things students have done in recent years.

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Eun-Sun Jung plays a gayageum during a Korean Night event on Oct. 4, 2014 at the Education Building. The gayageum is a traditional Korean 12-string instrument.

812-558-0800 Administrative assistant of the Asian Culture Center HaeSook Park lights candles in celebration of Diwali, the Indian festival of light, on Nov. 6, 2008 outside the AAC's building. The candle lighting followed dance demonstrations at Mathers Museum and outside the AAC, and free Indian food for attendees. b

Freshman Lucia Calderon (right) buys a bracelet from sophomore Saba Jafri (left) to support Syrian children on Oct. 14, 2013 in the Arboretum. The Muslim Student Union sold the bracelets for $2 and also accepted donations for the cause.

IU Latino Cultural Center, La Casa, alumni put their hands together during the Old School Sports Fest in Dunn Meadow on Oct. 12, 2013. Their team, Las Chiquititas, competed against current La Casa students. La Casa celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013.



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Food is served buffet-style at the Chinese Student and Scholar Association Spring Festival on Feb. 7, 2014. The event also featured 12 performances for attendees to enjoy.

Rabbi Sue Shifron of Hillel Center lights a candle during Shabbat Across IU on Feb. 24, 2012. Following traditional prayers, the guests were able to eat traditional food such as challah bread and matzo ball soup.

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Questions? Quench your curiosity with these resources Here are some helpful resources to help you navigate the transition to IU. By Lauren Sedam

There are many resources at IU that exist to help students as they make the adjustment to life at IU. We’ve put together a list of just some of the resources that you might find to be helpful as you transition to IU. OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICES Poplars 221 400 E. Seventh St. 812-855-9086 The Office of International Services is committed to serving all international students, regardless of home country, in achieving their academic, professional

and personal goals during their time at IU. It serves as a link between parents, students and the University during the transition to IU. The office also offers advising and social programming and activities for international students. FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCES Office of FYE 326 N. Jordan Ave. 812-855-4357 This office is dedicated completely to helping new students adjust to life at IU as well as resources for students wanting to explore their various academic options.

BURSAR Poplars Building 400 E. Seventh St. 812-855-2636 If you’re paying the bills, the Bursar is certainly an important contact. The office handles all University billing and payments. OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS 300 N. Jordan Ave. 812-855-0661 This office’s website has information about adjusting to college, campus safety, overseas study and more. DISABILITY SERVICES FOR STUDENTS Herman B Wells Library

W302 1320 E. 10th St. 812-855-7578 This office provides information and disability support services as well as academic and other support on campus. FINANCIAL AID 408 N. Union St. 812-855-6500 financial-aid/ The Office of Student Financial Aid provides information and links about earning aid, getting federal loans and managing money. GLBT STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES 705 E. Seventh St. 812-855-4252 The GLBTSSS is a resource for both the campus and community on news, events and organizations advocating the GLBT community. HEALTH CENTER 600 N. Jordan Ave. 812-855-4011 If you have a cold, need to fill a prescription or even wants nutrition or smoking counseling, visit IU’s oncampus health center. MONROE COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU 2855 N. Walnut St. 812-334-8900 This is a great place to

find information on visiting Bloomington, including hotels, transportation and weather. RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES 801 N. Jordan Ave. 812-855-1764 RPS covers all housing information, including residence hall living and meal plans. STUDENT LEGAL SERVICES 703 E. Seventh St. 812-855-7867 Student Legal Services is a resource for students that provides professional counseling for any issue presented.

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a program where international students are paired with an American student and spend one-on-one time together. “They tend to like the conversation partners better because it has a friendship component to it,” Schrader said. “They’re paired with an American and also teaching the American. So, in addition to the friendship and camaraderie, both parties have something to contribute.” Emily Hentz, an IU senior and student coordinator of Conversation Partners, said the program gives interna-

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For international students at IU, English proficiency is essential — not just for successful education, but also for making a foreign land feel more like home. Through the Office of International Services, international students have several options of programs that can help with more than just fluency, Director of Student Advising Rendy Schrader said. Schrader said the OIS offers programs to target different elements of English proficiency. For example, students may take practical English tutorials and learn about caveats of American culture — slang, holidays — while still in a classroom environment. “The practical English tutorials are taught by retired ESL professors, and they’ll have a topic that they’ll follow, but they’re still doing very structured teaching,” Schrader said. PET sessions are available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the school year in Read’s Landes lounge and the IMU. While students may take official classes and seek private tutoring, Schrader said students get the most out of Conversation Partners,

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tional and domestic participants a chance to learn and grow. “I think it’s popular because you can make it what you want,” Hentz said. “I think it’s a really good way for students to not only learn different languages but also learn about other cultures.” Hentz, who intends to teach English abroad after graduating, participated in Conversation Partners hoping to hone her teaching skills before she became the program’s coordinator. Hentz said the conversational skills students pick up can’t be taught easily in a

classroom and make a difference in a student’s daily life. “I’ve worked with students that are really excellent at reading and writing, but when you speak to them their level of English is much lower and it’s difficult to understand them,” Hentz said. “I think it’s crucial for speaking ability.” The independent nature of the program also allows students to spend as much time together as they choose, leading some to build lasting friendships. “One of the best parts about it is that you can make friends,” Hentz said.

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Let’s talk safety IU Police Department chief offers tips on staying safe during your time at IU. By Holly Hays

It’s important you feel safe and are safe during your time here at IU. The IU Police Department operates on campus with a fleet of 13 vehicles and 39 full-time officers plus around 70 part-time officers and cadets. It’s also important to remember you have many resources at IU that work together to keep you safe. We caught up with IUPD Chief Laury Flint to get the 4-1-1 on when you should dial 9-1-1. WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT FIRST IN THE EVENT THAT I FEEL UNSAFE? Please contact IUPD first and immediately if you feel unsafe for any reason. WHAT OPTIONS DO I HAVE TO GET A SAFE RIDE HOME ON CAMPUS? Safety Escort (safety. is a student-run transportation service for IU-Bloomington students and staff as an alternative to walking alone at night. Safety Escort is funded through IU Parking Services, so there is no cost to ride. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 1:45 a.m., and Friday/Saturday 8-11:45 p.m. Call (812) 855SAFE (855-7233) for a ride. While summer classes are in session, hours are 8 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. seven days a week. The service stops taking calls before closing time if its call capacity is reached for the night. Last spring the service went mobile by allowing Android and Apple device users to arrange for rides using the TapRide app. There are also several taxi services

in Bloomington whose rates vary depending on the distance travelled. WHAT ARE THOSE BLUE LIGHTS I SEE SPREAD ACROSS CAMPUS? The blue lights have a (red) button that can be pressed to immediately call 911 in the event of an emergency. The location of the blue light is automatically communicated to the police. Blue lights also have the capability of allowing a caller to dial a local number in a non-emergency situation. WHAT IS IUPD? IUPD is Indiana University’s very own police department that operates all day, every day. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IUPD AND BPD? IUPD’s primary area of jurisdiction is the IU campus, while Bloomington Police Department’s primary area of jurisdiction is the surrounding city. DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR HOW I CAN STAY SAFEST ON CAMPUS? If you see something that makes you feel uneasy or you consider to be unsafe, call 911 immediately. IUPD would rather respond and find that there is no problem than not receive a call. IUPD offers several safety programs and group presentations, including the Rape Aggression Defense course. See communityPrograms.html for more information. Students are also encouraged to talk to police officers anytime, not just when there is a problem. Part-time officers are

full-time students at IUBloomington who also completed the IU Police Laury Flint Academy to become fully sworn Indiana law enforcement officers. ARE THERE SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW TO STAY ON TOP OF CAMPUS SAFETY? It is important to keep contact information current for the university’s IU Notify emergency alert system. Students can do this by logging into and conducting a search for IU Notify. IU Notify is used for two types of notices: emergency notifications warn students when they need to take immediate action to avoid danger, and crime alerts warn of ongoing threats or concerns of which students should be aware such as a sexual assault. Texts are the quickest way to receive the time-sensitive emergency notifications, so students should include their cell phone numbers with their IU Notify contact information. The Bloomington Police Department has a Facebook page (Bloomington Police Department) and Twitter account @BltgINPolice that students, especially those living off-campus, might find useful. WHERE IS IUPD LOCATED AND HOW CAN I CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT? IUPD is located at 1469 E. 17th St., west of Jordan Avenue. Non-emergency calls can be placed to 812855-4111. Call 911 in case of emergency.

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