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Global Gateway to the UM Campus

The Global Gateway to the UM Campus provides a variety of services to students, faculty and staff on campus. This includes providing a resource center, facilitating campus communication and collaboration, in regard to cross-cultural and global competence training needs, global competence research, instructional development and the implementation of seminars, trainings and courses that foster the growth of cross-cultural and global competence knowledge and skills.

All trainings are developed and facilitated by Multicultural Learning Solutions (MLS), the research and development unit in Global Gateway.

Davidson Honors College:  In a pilot project, available spring semester 2014, the course Study Abroad Culture Prep will be offered through the Davidson Honors College.  This seminar was developed for study abroad students in the Global Leadership Program, the Davidson Honors College, and OIP’s Study Abroad programs.

Phyllis Washington College of Education: Since 2009, cross-cultural competence seminars for communication across cultures have been developed and offered to students in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

School of Business Administration: Cross-cultural and global knowledge and skills naturally connect to business students and Global Gateway offers various learning opportunities in the School of Business Administration.

Foreign Student and Scholar Services:  This gateway cooperates with the Global Partners program, offered through Foreign Student & Scholar Services, to further internationalize UM's campus.

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center: Partnering with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, promotes better understanding of Asia, U.S. relations with Asia and allows access to programs that focus on the peoples and cultures of modern Asia and ethics in public affairs.

Office of Student Success: Global Gateway facilitates a class to assist international students in their cultural adaptation to the American, and UM campus culture, supporting students' academic growth and personal development.

Academic Enrichment: Through the collaboration with the Office of Academic Enrichment, UM students have the opportunity to participate in Global Gateway activities and events that enrich their education and provide a "window to the world", by offering international and global perspectives at the UM campus and in the Missoula community.

Study Abroad Students:  Since 2006, interactive cultural adaptation trainings have been offered to UM students planning to study abroad. These workshops are part of the Pre-Departure Workshops offered by the Office of Study Abroad in OIP. Among other topics, the cultural adaptation trainings are addressing culture shock and reverse culture shock adjustment challenges of UM students in their host cultures abroad.

American Indian Student Services:  For the past three years, cross-cultural adaptation seminars, offered during fall orientation at UM through AISS, have helped native students in their cultural transition from reservations to UM campus culture. Many Native Students experience culture shock when moving out of their familiar culture surroundings on their reservation. The cross-cultural adaptation seminars are designed to assist students in their cultural adaptation.

For more information on the specific services Global Gateway provides to campus offices, domestic and international students, or ways to partner with  Global Gateway, contact globalgateway@umontana.edu.