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Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

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FGCU Welcomes International Students and Showcases International Initiatives and Scholars to Southwest Florida, Oct. 1

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University invites the community to attend a showcase of International Initiatives and formal welcoming of international students, scholars and study abroad participants to Southwest Florida during the 14th annual International Reception, 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1 in the Student Union ballroom.

"To date, we have had over 70 countries represented by our international students," International Services director Elaine Hozdik said. "Additionally, a number of our students have studied abroad as part of their educational experience to places such as Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Italy, New Zealand, Peru and Spain."

"Through our international and study abroad programs, we continue to add to our understanding of world cultures and perspectives through the diversity of our University community. We encourage members of our community who have an interest in international experiences to join us."

Co-sponsored by FGCU International Services and the International Club, the event is an opportunity to become acquainted with FGCU students from other countries or students who have studied abroad.

FGCU will highlight its international education initiatives, its commitment to offering education worldwide, and its evolving international reputation. Remarks by University officials and student leaders will be followed by a reception.

"This is a great opportunity for the international and domestic students, staff and faculty to fellowship together with community members and develop a deeper interest and understanding of various cultures and study abroad opportunities at FGCU," International Services assistant director Timothy Gjini said.

A sampling of foods and flags from the students' homelands will be part of the reception. Several local cultural or international community organizations will also participate.

For more information, contact Elaine Hozdik at (239) 590-7925 or

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