NNIC’s key programs include organizing programs for international visitors through the U.S. Department of State and other federal agencies; providing interpretation and translation services in more than 60 languages; and organizing educational events and activities for the university and general community.
These incoming Fulbright scholars hail from almost every continent and every country imaginable and are truly some of the best and brightest in the world. They have been chosen by U.S. embassies and Fulbright agencies abroad to complete a master’s or Ph.D. program in the United States and the Gateway Orientation will prepare them to begin their new life in universities all over the United States. They will learn about U.S. culture, government and the higher education system during the five-day intensive program.
As a cultural component to the orientation, the NNIC will be organizing a “Drive-By” hosting event on Aug. 15. American hosts prepare dinner for the number of Fulbright scholars they would like to have for their home. They will then drive to the Siena hotel and casino between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. and pick up the number of Fulbright participants they have signed up to host. As a surprise, neither the host nor the participants will have met each other prior to the “Drive-By.” The students will simply be lined up in the lobby and enter the hosts’ car to be driven to dinner. Dinner hosts may accommodate between two and 12 scholars at their home for dinner, and transportation will be provided by the NNIC if necessary for larger groups.