miami_d_collg_web.jpgMIAMI — For the ninth year, Miami Dade College (MDC) will welcome 83 students from 52 countries as part of the 2012 Fulbright Gateway Orientation. The participants, some of the brightest students worldwide, have been awarded Fulbright Foreign Students scholarships to work toward master’s and doctoral degrees at universities throughout the U.S.

MDC will serve as a bridge for the students to become familiar with academic life and culture in the U.S. before beginning their studies. The college will host an orientation session Aug. 13 – 17 at its Wolfson Campus, Emerging Technologies Center of the Americas, 500 N.E. Second Avenue, Building 7.

To have in one room students from every corner of the world, representing so many different cultures, languages and major fields of study, who will one day be leaders in their chosen professions in order to help improve conditions of their countries, is rare.

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by the Institute of International Education, Gateway Orientations provide an overview of Fulbright goals and traditions, a basic understanding of the American education system, and practical advice on college life. 

The orientation sessions, led by MDC faculty and staff, will cover academic topics such as Understanding U.S. Academic Culture, Cross Cultural Awareness, U.S. Politics & People,


Historical Overview of the U.S. from Colonization to the Cold War, and Jazz, America’s Classical Music.

To learn more about the Fulbright Gateway Orientation contact Maureen O’Hara at 305-237-3127 or