Office of Global Affairs
Office of Global Affairs
Broncho Buddies is an intercultural program pairing UCO domestic students with international students. After being matched by common interests, students are introduced at a kickoff party in September. Throughout the semester the Centre for Global Competency hosts fun events for Broncho Buddies to attend. Typical events include Thunder basketball games, Laser Tag, Bowling, and Cultural Excursions throughout Edmond and Oklahoma City. Broncho Buddies are required to spend time with each other at least once a month. Domestic students get the opportunity to learn about other cultures from all over the world without ever leaving Oklahoma, and international students get the chance to learn about the American culture through fun local events. The goal of this program is to learn about other cultures by crossing cultural boundaries, and to have fun while doing so!
Community Responding to International Students Program (CRISP)
This program is brings international students together with American families from the Edmond/Oklahoma City to spend time together at least once a month through individually planned activities, or through one of the Centre for Global Competency's monthly CRISP events.
"Ignite" is an intercultural program sponsored by the Centre for Global Competency that provides American students an opportunity to have a transformative experience by spending time with international families. The goal is to expose American students to foreign traditional customs that the family practices. It has been a common activity to host a meal for the American students; while the family teaches traditions, customs and protocols.
International Student Council
The International Student Council strives to increase International student involvement within the University of Central Oklahoma community, to build a dialog for cross cultural communication, to involve international students in campus activities, to encourage an understanding of the democratic process, to develop a strong voice for international student concerns, and to develop internship and scholarship opportunities for international students. The International Student Council is also an umbrella organization for over 15 country and regional associations on campus.
Global Leadership Ambassadors
The Global Leadership Ambassadors is a team of globally minded individuals interested in helping coordinate the international programs at UCO such as: CRISP (Community Responding to International Students Program), Broncho Buddies, MERGE (Making Experiential Research Globally Engaging), and Ignite.
Mr. and Miss UCO International Pageant
The Mr. and Miss UCO International Pageant is held at the end of the spring semester every year. The Pageant highlights the talent, culture, and diversity of UCO's international students with pageant participants from around the world. There are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female winners with each receiving varying amounts of scholarships. The 1st place winners become part of UCO's "Royalty" and represent the international students population at various functions.
Bridges is a luncheon that takes place once a semester where faculty can come and enjoy an authentic meal from another country and learn about the challenges international students from a specific country encounter while studying in the United States.
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