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You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Minimizing Cultural Faux Pas

Every country is unique. It has its own customs, culture, and often language–among other things. When travelling abroad it is easy to assume that everyone approaches and reacts to things in a manner that is similar to the way in which we do in America. This is actually far from the truth! What may be completely acceptable in the United States may be taboo in another country. It is important, as visitors, to be respectful of the etiquette and customs of other countries, yet many people still commit obvious faux pas. The Office of Protocol here at The International
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Getting the Most Out of a Cultural Exchange

Through traveling abroad and with my experiences interning with the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) department this summer, I have come to discover how important and valuable it is to connect and share ideas with different people from around the world. Recently, I returned from studying in Tours, France for a month, and the experiences I gained from simply getting to know the people I was living and going to school with everyday were ones that I will never forget. The school I attended during my stay was designed for international students from around the world looking to improve
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India(napolis) – The Place(s) I Call Home

The International Center changed my life. Now you may be thinking “Hey c’mon, it’s just an internship,” but no matter how exaggerated these words may seem, the statement stands unequivocally true. The International Center changed my life. But I’m not saying this from the viewpoint of an intern (however great this internship may be.) I am speaking from the viewpoint of someone whose entire life is based off of The International Center’s involvement in it. Now may be a good time for some backstory. Rhea’s birthday in India When I was just 2 years old, I moved from the
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Unconscious Biases and the Beauty of the Unknown

By Masha Pupko, Programs and Services Intern If there is one thing that unites people, it is that we are all consumers of information. First we learn from our caregivers, then our educators, our peers, mass culture and our own experiences. Much of what we learn, think and do is done at an unconscious level. In order to process the vast amount of information that we consume on daily basis, we organize specific examples into broad categories. Once we do the sorting, the meanings associated with that category are activated and influence our interactions with individuals. Consequentially, all of
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A Midwestern Girl’s Tasty Bite of the Big Apple

By Sarah Gibbons, International Citizen of the Year (ICY) Intern Growing up in a small suburb of Cincinnati, my upbringing was stereotypically Midwestern… It was a place where we knew everyone. I had known the classmates in my graduating class since I was in kindergarten and my friends lived within walking distance from home. Throughout my 18 years of living there, not much changed in my quaint suburban hometown. It was not until I went to college that I realized, although I had an amazing upbringing in Wyoming, OH, there was not much diversity there. I continued my education
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Moving Abroad – Tips That Made My Adventure Easier

By Cullen Bickle, Marketing and Communications Intern It is crazy to think how things can change in a matter of seconds. I still remember the moment I came home from school in the fall of 2010 and my dad saying “Hey Cullen, how would you feel if we moved to Spain?” At first I didn’t believe him, but after a few minutes I realized that he wasn’t joking and that my life was about to change forever. The only thing I knew before embarking on my adventure several quick months later, was that it was going to be a
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MEET OUR NEW INTERNS – SUMMER 2015!

Located in the center of Indianapolis, The International Center has welcomed nine interns from all over the world this summer. Each intern wrote a short bio about themselves, a tradition here at The Center, in order to help us learn more about who will be contributing this summer. Without further ado, meet our new interns! Cullen Bickle – Marketing and Communications InternUSA Cullen at the Forbidden City in Beijing, China Hello! Hola! Nǐ hǎo! I’m Cullen Bickle and I am the new Marketing and Communications Intern this summer! I am from Carmel, IN and will be a senior in
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Mexico: IN View

Indiana’s relationship with MEXICO   As one of Indiana’s largest trading partners, Mexico has many ties to the Hoosier State. Whether it’s a long standing university partnership like the one between IUPUI and Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo or the Badges Without Borders program that provides public safety officials in Indianapolis with immersive learning experiences in Mexico, there are numerous ties south of the boarder throughout the sectors. With over 110,000 Mexican immigrants living in the state of Indiana there are many unique cultural ties within our communities as well as depicted in the WFYI program, Peregrinos.   
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Global Indiana and the Path to Citizenship

By Jeff Kamm, Operations Manager One of my favorite obligations as the Operations Manager at The International Center occurs on forty Thursdays throughout the year. This is when we have the opportunity to participate in the naturalization of many a brand new Hoosier. For someone like myself who has the blessing of being an American citizen by birthright alone, this is a great opportunity to reflect on and be thankful for the freedom and privilege we enjoy. For those unfamiliar, the path to citizenship is not particularly easy. Before the process can begin candidates must have resided legally in
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Celebrating (and Counting) Culture at IUPUI

By Deborah Hirt Neary, Office of International Affairs, IUPUI Can you guess how many countries are represented in the student body at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)? Most Hoosiers I asked said around 30, and one person even guessed 90. I’ll give you a hint, it’s pretty close to the number of countries in the United Nations (hopefully that hint helped). Turns out, students from 150 countries are right here in downtown Indy at IUPUI! This diversity is truly amazing and can be easy to miss…except during the month of February. Starting on February 1, all four floors of
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