Annual fair a hit with globally minded students

2 students with literature at fair
More than 660 students attended the 2018 Cornell International Fair. Photo by Jonathan Miller. 

“It was really cool to see all the different international offerings at Cornell.”

“I wish I knew about it my freshman year.”

“I’d love for Cornell to have more events like this!”

Those were among the testimonials from students who attended the Cornell International Fair on August 29. The event, which featured 110 displays, attracted more than 660 students from 55 departments in eight Cornell colleges and schools.

Organizers from the Einaudi Center, the Office of Global Learning, and the Language Resource Center believe this was a record for the annual showcase on the Uris Hall terrace. A sunny (if windy) day didn’t hurt.

“We were thrilled with the turnout, and the fact that students from all across the university attended,” said Heike Michelsen, the Einaudi Center’s associate director for assessment and grant writing and one of the principal organizers.

Students at East Asia Program table
Mai Shaikhanuar-Cota (right) speaks with students at the East Asia Program table. Photo by Patrick Shanahan, CU Photo.

This was the first year that students were surveyed about the experience. According to Michelsen, 28 percent came from the College of Arts and Sciences, 24 percent from CALS, 14 percent from Engineering, and 10 percent each from Human Ecology and the ILR School. Others came from the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, AAP, and Cornell Law School. Eighty-six percent were undergrads and 14 percent were graduate students.

The biggest attractions were tables offering information on study abroad, language learning, internships, funding and fellowships, majors and minors, and service learning.

The fair also appeared to succeed in one of its most important objectives: to pique the interest of incoming students in the university’s global offerings. Nearly 90 percent of those polled said they planned to follow up on what they learned there, and more than 95 percent said they planned to attend future international events.