BU First Class: A New Method for International Student Orientation & Support
May 12, 2022 Virtual
Join the International Education Knowledge Community (IEKC) on Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 12 - 1pm ET for a live briefing webinar presented by Boston University’s Amanda Miller and Kamelia Turcotte entitled BU First Class: A New Method for International Student Orientation & Support.
The purpose of this presentation is to introduce BU First Class, an online, free, pre-arrival, zero credit course developed to help incoming international students, both Undergraduate and Graduate, transition to BU and the American classroom. BU Global Programs launched the course in 2016 and it is broken into 4 Sections, utilizing polls, videos, quizzes and written material to engage and inform students prior to their arrival at Boston University.
We will discuss our experience with First Class thus far. The presented will share their experience with First Class thus far, through a discussion of the course development process, the challenges and some data analysis.
If you have questions about this event, please contact Amanda Alfano, IEKC Virtual Learning & Engagement Coordinator, at [email protected].
Managing Director, Strategy & Communications, Global Programs
Amanda began working for BU in 2002 running the Questrom School of Business international MBA program in Japan, then China. In 2007 in addition to the International MBA program she took on responsibility for the Professional Evening MBA program. In 2012 she became Director of Global Programs for Boston University Questrom School of Business, where she was responsible for the execution and oversight of global-related activities at Questrom and global dimensions of the BSBA and MBA curricula. In 2014 Amanda took on her current role as Managing Director of Strategy & Communications, Boston University Global Programs. Prior to working at Boston University, Amanda worked for an Italian consulting firm, GIA, and for Laura Ashley, an International retailer, in various operations and marketing roles in their North American division. She earned a BS from Florida Institute of Technology and an MBA from Boston University and is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory.
Assistant Director, International Student Initiatives
Kamelia began working for BU Global Programs in 2020. In her role as an Assistant Director, International Student Initiatives, she helps support the University’s efforts to ensure the successful academic and personal experience of all international students at BU. Prior to joining BU, Kamelia spearheaded support activities for more than 11,000 international students and scholars at Northeastern University, including advising, regulatory compliance, and intercultural programming. Prior to Northeastern, she worked as a consultant at a higher education advisory firm, where she led research and analysis efforts focused on topics such as institutional brand strength, program and market assessment, and international student recruitment. Kamelia holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Suffolk University and a Master of Business Administration from Bentley University.