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CNM Global Education Welcomes First Group of International Students in August

July 13. 2017 -- Fifteen international students will be attending CNM this fall as part of the college’s new Global Education initiative. The students are coming from diverse regions around the world.

“This is the first time we will welcome international students as part of our degree programs,” said Diane Burke, executive director of Global Education. “We will be thrilled to have them on our campus.”

Students are coming from countries such as Brazil, Nigeria, Sweden, Vietnam, Tanzania, Nepal and Zimbabwe. 

The Department of Homeland Security Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) gave CNM approval to accept international students on F-1 or M-1 visas in March, paving the way for the program’s launch this fall.

The F-1 Visa allows people to enter the United States as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, academic high school or elementary school. They must be enrolled in a program or course of study that culminates in a degree, diploma or certificate. The M-1Visa includes students in vocational or other non-academic programs, other than language training.

International students at CNM will be paying non-resident tuition. CNM’s non-resident tuition cost per credit hour is competitive with other colleges nationwide. Two years at a community college can help an international student improve their English language skills and grow accustomed to U.S. education and culture while earning their associate degree. It’s also a cost effective way to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree if they plan to transfer to a university.

 “We want to increase the global competence of CNM students so they can compete, connect and collaborate on a global scale and to provide worldwide learners with the tools necessary to achieve education, training and the acquisition of credentials directly related to jobs and careers,” Burke said. “International students on F-1 visas will be supported by the CNM Global Education Office and through Designated School Officials in our Connect office” Burke said. “There are four academic coaches assigned to the international students who will help them with applications and pre-advising before enrollment and then support them the whole time they are at CNM.”

The students will receive a three-day orientation before the start of the Fall Term and will also participate in 15 hours of additional support during their first term to become familiar with U.S. culture and to prepare them for success at CNM. 

“In all other ways international students will be CNM students,” Burke said. “There will be cultural programs and experiences throughout the term to engage our domestic and international students and to have them become familiar with the culture of Albuquerque and New Mexico. They will have access to all our coaching, mentoring and tutoring services.”

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