Amherst College Center for International Student Engagement

Amherst College Center for International Student Engagement The Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) is a space to build community, unpack global experiences, find support, and feel at home. Swing by!

Woo-hoo, it's Meet the ISLs Monday! It's the first day of International Student Leader (ISL) training and we're super ex...
08/19/2019

Woo-hoo, it's Meet the ISLs Monday! It's the first day of International Student Leader (ISL) training and we're super excited to learn together and get prepared for welcoming everyone to campus on Wednesday. Who's excited for Pre-O??

Drop any questions you have for us in the comments!

#AmherstCollege #AC2023 #PreOrientation

Interested in social justice work? Well, this might be the day to appreciate all the hands-on work that some social just...
08/19/2019

Interested in social justice work? Well, this might be the day to appreciate all the hands-on work that some social justice workers do to help make the world a better place. It’s World Humanitarian Day, a day to honor humanitarian aid workers throughout the world, both those currently providing humanitarian assistance and those who have lost their lives while doing their work. It also commemorates the anniversary of the bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Iraq.
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CISE presents to you brand new content for the academic year 2019-2020-- #worldholidays. Let us know how you celebrate each meaningful holiday in the comment section below! .
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#amherstcollege #amherstcise #AC2023 #ClassOf2023
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(Photo Description: Text reads "August 19th, World Humanitarian Day".)

World Holidays 2019-2020!
08/15/2019

World Holidays 2019-2020!

Keep up with #GlobalNews with the CISE, especially with what is happening in Hong Kong at the moment. Please let us know...
08/13/2019
What’s happening in Hong Kong? Some key questions, answered.

Keep up with #GlobalNews with the CISE, especially with what is happening in Hong Kong at the moment. Please let us know if you are directly affected by the current airport situation - whether it be your direct or layover flight. We will let the school know to find any additional means of help that we can provide.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/08/09/airport-sit-ins-citywide-strikes-street-protests-whats-happening-hong-kong/?noredirect=on

As Hong Kong's protests against China's influence expand, here's an explanation of how it got to this point.

Do you like children? Well, if you don't, just remember that you were all once children too! It's #InternationalYouthDay...
08/12/2019

Do you like children? Well, if you don't, just remember that you were all once children too! It's #InternationalYouthDay -- the day in which the UN declared to focus on the difficulties faced by young people around the globe. The UN intends this day to be a time where people consider how the world can reduce childhood poverty and how we can make life better for kids worldwide.
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CISE presents to you brand new content for the academic year 2019-2020-- #worldholidays. Let us know how you celebrate each meaningful holiday in the comment section below!
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#amherstcollege #amherstcise #AC2023
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(Photo Description: Text reads "August 12th, International Youth Day".)

Its #Eid2019! Eid al-Adha commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God’s will. It is ...
08/11/2019

Its #Eid2019! Eid al-Adha commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God’s will. It is celebrated with an animal sacrifice, with the meat shared out between poor, family, and neighbors. Many Muslims pay special attention to praying and listening to sermons at a mosque, whilst wearing new clothes and visiting family members and friends in a symbolic sacrificial act known as qurbani.
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CISE presents to you brand new content for the academic year 2019-2020-- #WorldHolidays. Let us know how you celebrate each meaningful holiday in the comment section below!
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#amherstcollege #amherstcise #AC2023
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(Photo Description: Text reads "Eid Al-Adha, August 11th.")

Celebrate the #DayofArafah with the CISE! This date marks the ninth day of the Islamic lunar month of Dhul Hijja. It is ...
08/10/2019

Celebrate the #DayofArafah with the CISE! This date marks the ninth day of the Islamic lunar month of Dhul Hijja. It is usually about 70 days after the end of the #Ramadan, and it recognizes where Muhammad gave his farewell address as his life was nearing its end. Every year, a large number of pilgrims gather in Mecca on Mount Arafat to celebrate this holiday.
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CISE presents to you brand new content for the academic year 2019-2020-- #worldholidays. Let us know how you celebrate each meaningful holiday in the comment section below!
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#amherstcollege #amherstcise #AC2023
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(Photo Description: Text reads "Day of Arafah, August 10th".)

Mark the celebration of the world’s #indigenouspeoples with us! This date marks the day of the first meeting of the UN...
08/09/2019

Mark the celebration of the world’s #indigenouspeoples with us! This date marks the day of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982. In order to celebrate this, the UN headquarters in New York include messages from indigenous peoples and other key leaders, performances by indigenous artists, and panel discussions on emerging issues. 2019’s theme TBD.
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CISE presents to you brand new content for the academic year 2019-2020-- #worldholidays. Let us know how you celebrate each meaningful holiday in the comment section below!
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#amherstcollege #amherstcise #AC2023
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(Photo Description: Text reads "August 9th, International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples".)

It is (yes, again) time for a #WorldHolidays post :) Let us celebrate independence in Jamaica! This day marks Jamaican i...
08/06/2019

It is (yes, again) time for a #WorldHolidays post :) Let us celebrate independence in Jamaica! This day marks Jamaican independence from the United Kingdom on August 6th, 1962. Catch the main event of Independence Day, the Jamaican festival, which features events such as a grand parade and the World Reggae Dance Final, along with celebrations of traditional music. There’s also a Grand Gala that features hundreds of Jamaican performers that is held at the National Stadium in Kingston. We know some of you will be there in spirit; meanwhile, happy Independence Day, Jamaica!
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CISE presents to you brand new content for the academic year 2019-2020 #CISE #worldholidays. Stay tuned for more commemoration and celebration 🎉Meanwhile, let us know how you celebrate each meaningful holiday in the comment section below!
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#amherstcollege #amherstcise #jamaicanindependence
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(Photo Description: Text reads, "August 6th, Jamaican Independence Day." Behind is a picture of the Jamaican flag against a clear, blue sky.)

Keep up with #GlobalNews here in the CISE!
08/06/2019
Explained: This is what has changed in Jammu and Kashmir

Keep up with #GlobalNews here in the CISE!

Jammu and Kashmir has lost its special status, and reduced to two Union Territories. What is the history of Partition and accession to India that has been overturned? What are Articles 370 and 35A, that were supposed to define the special status of the state?

We’re back with another #WorldHolidays post--it’s Independence Day in Niger! This day celebrates the nation’s inde...
08/03/2019

We’re back with another #WorldHolidays post--it’s Independence Day in Niger! This day celebrates the nation’s independence from France in 1960. Since 1975, it is also Arbor Day because trees are planted across the nation to prevent desertification. Festivities in Niger help in community bonding that comes with appreciating and celebrating freedom together, regardless of language and ethnicity.
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CISE presents to you brand new content for the academic year 2019-2020 #CISE #worldholidays. Stay tuned for more commemoration and celebration 😀 Meanwhile, let us know how you celebrate each meaningful holiday in the comment section below!
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#amherstcollege #amherstcise #AC2023 #nigerindependenceday
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(Photo Description : Text reads, "August 3rd, Niger Independence Day". Behind is an overarching bird's-eye view of Niamey, Niger.)

It’s #swissnationalday 🇨🇭! August 1st marks the founding of the Swiss Confederation in 1291. It is usually celeb...
08/01/2019

It’s #swissnationalday 🇨🇭! August 1st marks the founding of the Swiss Confederation in 1291. It is usually celebrated through a range of festivities held all across Switzerland on 31 July and 1 August on "Bundesfeier". Watch children carrying lighted paper lanterns around the streets at night, community flags all over buildings, and special bread rolls with a small Swiss flag on top in Switzerland on this special day.
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CISE presents to you brand new content for the academic year 2019-2020-- #worldholidays. Let us know how you celebrate each meaningful holiday in the comment section below!
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(Photo Description: Text reads "August 1st, Swiss National Day". In the background is an array of Switzerland flags hanging from buildings.)

#CISE #amherstcise #amherstcollege

How and where are you enjoying this year's DeMott Summer Reading? Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (this year's Amherst College W...
07/29/2019

How and where are you enjoying this year's DeMott Summer Reading? Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (this year's Amherst College Writer-In-Residence) is an epic novel following several generations of a Korean family that migrates to Japan.

Are you an incoming student but you haven't received your book? Check for instructions in past correspondence from the Office of Student Affairs, or reach out to [email protected] for assistance!

[Photo Description: a copy of the book PACHINKO rests on an airplane seat]

#AmherstCollege #AmherstOrientation #AC2023

Thalia has learned a lot from her experience at Amherst. "[A]lways keep an open mind but also know your limits. I never ...
07/25/2019

Thalia has learned a lot from her experience at Amherst. "[A]lways keep an open mind but also know your limits. I never planned on becoming an Economics major, but I decided to take my first Intro class in the fall even though I wasn't sure I would do well in it and found that I enjoyed it so much that I added it on as my second major. In the same vein, I decided to try taking five classes in the spring on top of participating in different extracurricular activities. I was so overwhelmed, but from that experience I learned to push my limits but not to break them!" One of the extracurriculars she's involved in is Dance and Step at Amherst College (DASAC), which she recommends people audition for!

This summer, we're excited to introduce you to the fantastic International Student Leaders (ISLs) who will be leading International Pre-Orientation 2019! Are you an incoming student to #AmherstCollege? Learn more about the ISLs you'll meet and pick up some tips and tricks to navigating your new campus by keeping up with us on Facebook and IG (@amherstcise). Look out for our #ISLSummerSpotlight posts! .

[Photo Description: Thalia is sitting on the ground in the sunshine. A pair of granite blocks are on the ground behind her.] #amherstCISE #Classof2023 #AC2023 #amherstcollege

"Amherst is not representative of the collective domestic collegiate body, nor a perfect example of the town of Amherst,...
07/23/2019

"Amherst is not representative of the collective domestic collegiate body, nor a perfect example of the town of Amherst, the state of Massachusetts and the U.S. Strictly individual choices are key, but knowing how to manage the Amherst-esque interactions and interpretations borne from being within a compact college environment is also important- a good balance between the two is usually the answer to a fun semester (personally)." Joon is looking forward to helping incoming students find their own paths on campus, both literally and figuratively. Something that he enjoys in his free time is finding new trails and areas around campus for jogging and exploring.
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This summer, we're excited to introduce you to the fantastic International Student Leaders (ISLs) who will be leading International Pre-Orientation 2019! Are you an incoming student to #AmherstCollege? Learn more about the ISLs you'll meet and pick up some tips and tricks to navigating your new campus by keeping up with us on Facebook and IG (@amherstcise). Look out for our #ISLSummerSpotlight posts! .
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[Photo Description: Joon stands in front of a brightly lit wall and pagoda at nighttime. He is wearing a backpack and white shirt with a lemur print.] #amherstCISE #Classof2023 #AC2023 #amherstcollege

Do you like flags? At the end of every academic year, CISE provides seniors with sashes featuring their national flag to...
07/22/2019
Flag Stories

Do you like flags? At the end of every academic year, CISE provides seniors with sashes featuring their national flag to wear at Commencement. Here are some fascinating infographics on the flags of the world! https://flagstories.co/

a project by ferdio

07/21/2019
South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post

Macanese people - Macau's mixed Chinese-Portuguese people - are often mistaken for foreigners in their own land, and their culture and language are slowly dying.

For more stories like this, follow Goldthread.

Did you know? "During October, the Book and Plow farm hosts an event called Farm Fest where students can go to the farm ...
07/18/2019

Did you know? "During October, the Book and Plow farm hosts an event called Farm Fest where students can go to the farm and take cute pictures while enjoying a picnic with live music!" (was this very picture taken there? we won't tell!) Tim knows what's up around campus and is always ready for a spot of advice. He suggests, "Reach out to all the resources that you need to in order to have a great college experience! Professors and resource centres are all there to assist you with your academics and want to help you succeed!"

This summer, we're excited to introduce you to the fantastic International Student Leaders (ISLs) who will be leading International Pre-Orientation 2019! Are you an incoming student to #AmherstCollege? Learn more about the ISLs you'll meet and pick up some tips and tricks to navigating your new campus by keeping up with us on Facebook and IG (@amherstcise). Look out for our #ISLSummerSpotlight posts!

[Photo Description: Tim, wearing a denim jacket and white-framed glasses, frames his face with his hands. Behind him is a blue sky and rolling green hills.] #amherstCISE #Classof2023 #AC2023

Miruna is excited to introduce the new batch of Pre-Orientation students to Amherst, saying "Moving here from Romania la...
07/16/2019

Miruna is excited to introduce the new batch of Pre-Orientation students to Amherst, saying "Moving here from Romania last August was such a big change and I can't imagine how much less smooth this transition would have been without attending the Pre-Orientation. I had a lot of fun and I learned so much in that one week." A word of advice she has is "I would say embrace this change and come here with an open mind. It will help you grow as a person and have the time of your life."

This summer, we're excited to introduce you to the fantastic International Student Leaders (ISLs) who will be leading International Pre-Orientation 2019! Are you an incoming student to #AmherstCollege? Learn more about the ISLs you'll meet and pick up some tips and tricks to navigating your new campus by keeping up with us on Facebook and IG (@amherstcise). Look out for our #ISLSummerSpotlight posts!

[Photo Description: Miruna stands against a stone railing. Behind her is a sweeping landscape featuring a river, trees, and fields.] #amherstCISE #Classof2023 #AC2023

The Descendants of Slaves in Nigeria Fight for Equality
07/11/2019
The Descendants of Slaves in Nigeria Fight for Equality

The Descendants of Slaves in Nigeria Fight for Equality

Slavery existed among the Igbo long before colonization, and accelerated with the transatlantic trade. Today, slave descendants still retain the stigma of their ancestors.

This summer we'll be sharing interesting articles and media that align with our mission to anchor global realities at Am...
07/11/2019
Political statement, social commentary or vandalism?

This summer we'll be sharing interesting articles and media that align with our mission to anchor global realities at Amherst.

How do different nations/states/countries manage markers to historically-entrenched power dynamics?

The statue of British explorer James Cook in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa has become a catalyst for social commentary after being vandalised with the words "Thief...

"The friendships you make during orientation could be the ones that last you a very long time or could end as soon as cl...
07/11/2019

"The friendships you make during orientation could be the ones that last you a very long time or could end as soon as classes begin, both cases are completely natural. Just remember to always truly be yourself, surround yourself with people that make you happy and at home. Don't take yourself or anyone else too seriously, have as many laughs as you can, learn from the interesting people around you, relax and enjoy the experience." Some of the experiences that Arzoo has been involved in include being a choreographer in the African and Caribbean Students Union dance crew (@acsuamherst) and as Treasurer in the International Students Association (ISA).

This summer, we're excited to introduce you to the fantastic International Student Leaders (ISLs) who will be leading International Pre-Orientation 2019! Are you an incoming student to #AmherstCollege? Learn more about the ISLs you'll meet and pick up some tips and tricks to navigating your new campus by keeping up with us on Facebook and IG (@amherstcise). Look out for our #ISLSummerSpotlight posts!

[Photo Description: Arzoo sits on a wrought-iron railing. Behind her is a park with paved walkways.] #amherstCISE #Classof2023 #AC2023

This summer we'll be sharing interesting articles and media that align with our mission to anchor global realities at Am...
07/10/2019
Latinx and Filipinx Diasporas Unite in a New Exhibition

This summer we'll be sharing interesting articles and media that align with our mission to anchor global realities at Amherst.
In NYC? Check out this exhibit on diaspora through art!

Through their personal histories, artists participating in the exhibition Cultural Cousins highlight the unremarked kinship between the two communities in an artist talk.

Looking to get involved in a student organization on campus? Ziad has a suggestion for you. "I am the Chair of the Inter...
07/09/2019

Looking to get involved in a student organization on campus? Ziad has a suggestion for you. "I am the Chair of the International Students Association at Amherst (ISA). When I first came to Amherst, the international student community was scattered, we did not all know each other. But, with the establishment of the Center for International Student Engagement and ISA becoming more active, we have built a great community that serves as a support system for all of us International students. We will be organizing many fun events throughout the year and I hope to see many new international students there!"
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This summer, we're excited to introduce you to the fantastic International Student Leaders (ISLs) who will be leading International Pre-Orientation 2019! Are you an incoming student to #AmherstCollege? Learn more about the ISLs you'll meet and pick up some tips and tricks to navigating your new campus by keeping up with us on Facebook and IG (@amherstcise). Look out for our #ISLSummerSpotlight posts!
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[Photo Description: Ziad, wearing a blue shirt with the sleeves cuffed, stands in a meadow. Behind him is an expansive view of forested hills and a sunset.] #amherstCISE #Classof2023 #AC2023

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