Clayton State University welcomed two foreign exchange students to campus this week with an informal reception in the University’s Office of International Programs.
Zsofia Terek and Mariam Chubinidze are studying at Clayton State for the fall semester pursuant to the University’s bilateral agreements with University of Pannonia (Veszprem, Hungary) and Georgian American University (Tbilisi, Georgia). According to Director of International Programs John E. Parkerson, Jr., although Clayton State has previously had all kinds of foreign students attend the University, Terek and Chubinidze represent a first for Clayton State -- the first foreign exchange students pursuant to a formal bilateral exchange process.
Both Terek (from the University of Pannonia) and Chubinidze (from Georgian American University) are full-semester exchange students, and undergraduate business majors.
Parkerson, along with 15 additional Clayton State faculty and staff and several other students, hosted the reception for Terek and Chubinidze on Aug. 24. Attending were the University’s Rotary student from Sweden, Freja Fornander, deans, study abroad course directors, past exchange professors, and representatives of the University’s School of Graduate Studies.
“This was an opportunity, not just to meet these two foreign exchange students, but also to learn more about their countries and their universities,” notes Parkerson. “Pannonia already has an active faculty exchange program with Clayton State, and Georgian American University wants to engage in faculty exchanges as well.
“They (Terek and Chubinidze) were so touched and grateful to the faculty and staff for making them feel a part of the Clayton State family.”
Clayton State’s relationships with the University of Pannonia and the Georgian American University are reciprocal exchange relationships. The agreement with the University of Pannonia was signed in March 2009, and the agreement with Georgian American University in December 2009. Students pay tuition and fees at their home institutions, but they pay accommodations/food costs at the host institution.
“We are seeking Clayton State students to apply for a semester abroad at one of these two universities,” adds Parkerson.
See the following websites for background regarding the University of Pannonia and Georgian American University: http://englishweb.uni-pannon.hu/, http://en.gtk.uni-pannon.hu/ and http://gau.ge/eng/internationalrelations.php/.
For further information on the Clayton State Office of International Programs, contact Parkerson at (678) 466-4091.