UFGIFT helps coordinate and host workshops with topics specific to UFs’ international community.

Upcoming

No upcoming events scheduled at this time, check back soon!

Past

2018

  • Monday, 2/19 – Home Sweet Home: Readjustment
    • Do you feel like friends and family don’t understand your study abroad experience? Do you feel
      like you do not have much in common with your old friends? This workshop will discuss reverse
      cultural shock and provide tips to readjustment in your home country.
  • Tuesday, 2/20 – How to Succeed in School
    • Not feeling successful at your academic pursuit? This workshop is for students who want to
      unlock their academic potential. A professor will address common barriers to thrive in college
      and offer insights/resources. A must-come!
  • Wednesday, 2/21 – Navigating the Job Market
    • Finding a job in the U.S. can be different than in your home country. Learn job search strategies
      for international students seeking opportunities in the U.S. We will discuss unique challenges
      faced by international students, finding opportunities and resources, communicating with
      employers, and the unwritten rules of the U.S. job market.
  • Thursday, 2/22 – Personal Assistant Needed: 4hr/$400 a Week – You Just Got Hooked!
    • Have you ever received emails that look suspicious? Have you ever encountered legal issues in
      the U.S. that make you feel at lost? What to look for to avoid being scammed? An attorney and a
      police officer will share legal knowledge that international students should have. Bring questions—They will be available to answer them.
  • Friday, 2/23 – Conversation Night for International Students
    • Would you like to connect and meet with other UF students, domestic or internationals? Come to
      this conversation facilitated by counselors and enjoy a relaxing, fun way of building connections.
      A new friendship can start right here! consisting of U.S. American and international counselors
      discussing these important topics. We will share ways to navigate intercultural interactions, dating, and friendship.

2017

  • Monday, 11/13 – Legal Issues in the US: A Conversation with a Lawyer and a Police Officer
    • Legal knowledge that you should have! An attorney and a police officer will talk about legal
      issues that international students often face (e.g., how to avoid scams and things to be
      aware of in a housing contract). Bring questions–They will be available to answer them.
  • Tuesday, 11/14 – Combating Procrastination and Improving Productivity
    • Do you procrastinate? Have you ever felt overwhelmed by schoolwork? This workshop will
      help you identify causes of procrastination and offer practical techniques that you can use
      to enhance productivity—a must-have skill that will benefit you in your life.
  • Wednesday, 11/15 – What to Expect from Your Class and Instructor
    • This workshop is designed for students, faculty, and staff who have questions or concerns
      about developing a healthy relationship between an advisee and advisor, and cultural
      differences in classroom norms for international students. A panel consisting of professors
      and graduate students will share their experiences and answer your questions.
  • Thursday, 11/16 – Job Search for International Students
    • Finding a job in the U.S. can be different than in your home country. Learn job search
      strategies for international students seeking opportunities in the U.S. We will discuss
      unique challenges faced by international students, finding opportunities, communicating
      with employers, and the unwritten rules of the US job market.
  • Friday, 11/17 – Dating and Making Friends in the US
    • Are you interested in making U.S. American friends? How does dating look differently
      in the mainstream U.S. culture? You will have the opportunity to speak with a panel
      consisting of U.S. American and international counselors discussing these important
      topics. We will share ways to navigate intercultural interactions, dating, and friendship.

2016

  • Academic Expectations
  • Healthy Relationship
  • Internet Flaw and Safety
  • Home, Sweet Home

2015

If you are preparing to go back to your home countries and interested in learning tips in dealing with “reverse culture shock, come to join our workshop.
The workshop will cover practical skills for writing in the workplace, focusing on mistakes that international students tend to make. It will also involve “translation” exercises where participants will rewrite complex academic texts whose content needs to be communicated to non-specialist audiences in different contexts.
A compassion-informed discussion on how to cultivate long-distance relationships and cope with changes in your home country while studying in the United States. This discussion-based outreach will focus on themes of familial and cultural responsibility, stress management, and emotional reactions to news from home.
Are you looking for full-time positions or internship opportunities in the U.S.? Come to this workshop to learn more about workplace etiquette and employment/visa issues unique to international students.
A collaboration with Graduate Student Advisory Council.
“Hanging out”, “Hooking up”, “We’re just friends”, “Friends with Benefits” – What does it all mean? Come to this workshop and we’ll explore dating in the U.S. Issues such as cultural misunderstanding, body language, dating norms and tips.
Raise your awareness against identity theft and internet fraud so you can protect yourself and your friends.

PRESENTERS

  • Mr. Jon C. Adcock, Assistant General Counsel, Director of Student Legal Services, University
    of Florida, Student Legal Services
  • Mr. Layne D. Prebor, Jr., Esq., Assistant General Counsel, University of Florida Student Legal Services
  • Dr. Uttam Gaulee, Associate Program Director, Community College Futures Assembly, Institute of Higher Education, International Affairs Committee Chair – Graduate Student Council

2014

Do you want to succeed in the UF educational system? Do you want to learn how to effectively communicate with your classmates, roommates and friends? Are you interested in learning how to study smart and enjoy life? Join our workshop.
A discussion on how to navigate social and political unrest in your home country while studying in the United States.

While trying to manage the typical demands of studying at UF, some students also must deal with the additional challenges of growing violence and unrest in their home country. This discussion-based meeting will focus on themes of familial and cultural responsibility, stress management, and emotional reactions to news from home.

For students who are preparing to go back to their home countries and interested in learning tips in dealing with “reversed culture shock.”
For students who are looking for full-time positions or internship opportunities in the U.S., come to this workshop to learn more about workplace etiquette and employment/visa issues unique to international students.
“Hanging out, Hooking up, We’re just friends, Friends with Benefits” – What does it all mean? Come to this workshop and we’ll explore dating in the U.S. Issues such as cultural misunderstanding, body language, dating norms and tips as well as information on dating safety will be shared.
Looking for a place to call home? Having troubles with your landlord or roommates? Come to this workshop to learn more about your tenant’s rights and tips for safety in the Gainesville area. Representatives from Office of Off Campus Life, UFPD, and Student Legal Services will share important information and answer your questions about off-campus living.


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