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Stephen Swan

Director of International Student Services Office

His email is stephen.swan@centre.edu

Located at the Centre for Global Citizenship - Old Carnegie

Centre College is constantly evolving to serve the needs of our student body. We pride ourselves on providing a transformational education in a personal environment. Admitting a large body of international students each year, Centre acknowledges its responsibility to accommodate international students and provide services to help with their integration.  As a result, Centre dedicates the International Student Services office to fulfill this mission. The office’s objective is to provide services and programs to accommodate and improve the quality of the experiences of international students on Centre campus. The office encourages international students to share their opinions and suggestions as well as their personal experiences. International students’ input allows the office to gain a great understanding of the experience of the student body and thereby assess current programs and services. Stephen Swan and the office are committed to addressing and accommodating students’ every needs. The office welcomes all international students to reach out when they are in need or simply to share their daily experiences.

Jessica Leonard

International Students Support Specialist

Jessica Walters is the International Student Services Support Specialist, who will help you with any concerns from academic to socializing. 

Centre College welcomes students from around the country and the world. The unique perspectives international and multilingual students bring enrich our campus community. To aid students whose primary language is not English, the ESL and International Student Services Support Specialist provides help with homework, presentations, projects, essays, pronunciation, grammar, and cultural adjustment.

 

"As the ESL/ISS Support Specialist at Centre my primary function is to consult with students individually or in small groups to help them adjust both academically and socially. For the last 8 years I lived and worked in South Korea as an ESL teacher. As the head teacher at a private academy in Seoul, I was fortunate to get to know some amazing students and teachers who were able to grow their talents and skills over time. It’s very important to me both personally and professionally to work with others in ways in which they feel accepted, acknowledged, and appreciated." - Jessica.

 

Her office is in Crounse 332. For more information or to set up an appointment, please contact Jessica Leonard at jessica.walters@centre.edu or 859-238-6505.



 

Thanksgiving, with turkey and all the trimmings, is a uniquely American tradition that junior Matthew Gamble, an exchange student from Northern Ireland, says, "I learned about watching movies and TV shows." This year, however, Gamble got his first real taste of the American holiday, thanks to Centre College's Leonard Demoranville, assistant professor of chemistry, and his wife, Judy Jenkins, who recently opened their home to international students from Centre for a traditional Thanksgiving feast. According to Gamble, opportunities like this—which are distinctly characteristic of the personal relationships that Centre professors develop with their students—are a helpful step in "adjusting to life in America and learning more what it is like to live here, specifically in Kentucky." Meritxell Roca, an exchange student from Spain who also attended the dinner, agrees. "It makes Centre more familiar. In Spain, you never go to your professor's house." In keeping with Thanksgiving tradition, both students express that it is this personal introduction to the "American way of life" for which they are grateful. "I'm really thankful for being able to settle into Centre life and the people that I've met," Gamble says. He adds that Centre professors also have been very supportive in helping him adjust to living in the United States. Roca, too, is appreciative of the Centre Experience. "Moving from Spain to the U.S. and studying at Centre is really different from what I was used to," she explains. "I really like it, so I'm thankful for that."

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