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Office for International Engagement (OIE)

The Office for International Engagement (OIE) at Nichols College, located in the Fels Student Center, Room 315, is home to Faculty-Led Course-Related Travel, International Internships, Study Abroad, and International Students Services. We encourage Nichols students to glimpse their personal and professional potential through immersion. Short term and extended away-experiences are options. We promote safe ex-patriate behavior, novel personal growth, openness to life-changing experiences, and enhanced academic profile.

OIE Administered Programs

Faculty-led Travel  At Nichols College, students may gain international experience through course-related, faculty-led travel programs. Faculty may design special courses that are part of the required curriculum in the Business and Liberal Arts disciplines to offer students a global perspective, combining classroom and experiential learning. The cost of travel is the responsibility of students. Students must be in good academic standing, be in good standing with Student Affairs, and agree to the Nichols College away-experiences travel policy to participate in faculty-led trips.

International Internships  International internships are available for Nichols students. Sport Management, Hospitality Management, and International Business, for example, have encouraged their students to take advantage of this competitive-edge programming. Minimum GPAs, good standing with Student Affairs, and agreement to the Nichols College away-experiences travel policy are prerequisite for international programs.

International Students Services  Nichols attracts international students from all over the globe. International students’ diverse cultural perspectives and curiosity about American culture allow them to stand out as change-agents on campus. The Fischer Institute is home to international orientation, acclimation help, F-1 student services, and international advising. OIE also provides specialized cultural visits and facilitates home-stay arrangements for those international students remaining on campus during breaks from classes.

Study Abroad  Our exchange partnership in Macau, China with University of Saint Joseph allows BSBA students to spend a semester in China studying junior and senior level business courses in English. BSBA and BA students benefit from our partnerships and affiliations with Regents Univeristy in London, and worldwide with Abroad Programs International (API), International Studies Abroad (ISA), and Center for International Studies (CiS). Minimum GPAs, good standing with Student Affairs, and agreement to the Nichols College away-experiences travel policy are prerequisite for study abroad programs.

For information on any of these programs, contact the Office for International Engagement in Fels 315.

The Washington Center (TWC) Semester

Through the Fischer Institute for Policy and Culture, Nichols is affiliated with The Washington Center (TWC), a nationally recognized internship placement agency located in the nation’s capital. While the Washington Semester is taken normally during the junior or senior year, summer session internship opportunities are also available. Placements are made with Executive branch agencies and Congress, with local governments, not-for-profit organizations’ national headquarters, and with private corporations.

A full-semester, including a 9 credit-hour internship is available to juniors and seniors who meet the qualifications including a 3.0 cumulative GPA, regardless of academic major. Students interested in applying should contact the Director of the Fischer Institute for further information. When there are a large number of applicants, acceptance will be based on academic year, academic achievement, and overall merit.

Students should be aware that there may be additional costs associated with educational or course-related travel programs.