Students in the United States may want to head back to their countries of origin, but the University of Miami says it has the tools to make the transition easier.
“It’s a little bit of a logistical challenge,” said Michael Lipp, a senior majoring in engineering.
“I know there are a lot of people out there who have been studying abroad for quite a while and have some kind of issue with the logistics of it all.”
Lipp is the president of the university’s student group for international studies, which hosts classes for the summer.
While he’s not a certified travel agent, he said the group is looking into options to bring the students to their homes.
“If they want to go to an American university, we have students who have gone to the US and have completed a degree in the US,” Lipp said.
“They’re also in the process of completing an undergraduate degree in Florida.
They have completed all of their residency requirements.
We have students that have completed their masters and doctoral degrees in the USA.
We’re looking at whether we can offer some type of program or a course or a program for students that are in the middle of their studies in Florida.”
The program Lipp oversees will be offered at Miami Dade College in conjunction with the Miami University.
Lipp explained that students will enroll in a “tutor” program and that they will spend the summer in a Miami hotel.
Lipp said that the group will also be able to offer courses in other countries.
The group has had several students from countries such as Russia, Turkey, Greece and China come to the group.
The group has been in contact with the University, Lipp noted, and he said that it’s possible that they could come to campus to help with some of the logistics.
“There are so many people in the world, they have so many different languages that are spoken in different countries, and we want to make sure we’re doing all of that so that students have a great experience,” he said.
The Miami university is looking to expand the program, and will be able host up to 10 students, Lapp said.
The program has already enrolled four students in the past two years.
“We really feel like this is the perfect opportunity for the students in our program to come to Miami, where they will have an opportunity to work on their own and learn from the best professors,” Lapp explained.