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Northwestern State to add resource center for international students

Northwestern State University

Northwestern State University will open an International Student Resource Center Wednesday, March 2, to promote the growth of students coming to the Natchitoches campus from outside U.S. borders.

Northwestern State University said in a news release Thursday that the opening of the center signifies the growth of the international student body and an effort to better serve those students.

The center also will be a gateway for NSU students seeking study abroad opportunities. The University is a member of the International Student Exchange Program.

The International Student Center will help streamline the application and admissions paperwork for students applying from outside the U.S. A public ceremony is set for Wednesday, March 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Russell Hall.

NSU is looking for host families to help ease the transition for these students. The families would not be required to provide accommodations, but would be asked to occasionally extend dinner invitations and find other ways to help them better experience the culture. There are also plans to provide a shuttle service for international students, most of whom do not have transportation.

Separately, LSU Shreveport announced last week it’s expanding its international student footprint through the Language Company’s Homestay Program.

It seeks faculty and staff to be host families for the Homestay program that lasts between one month and nine months.