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10501 FGCU Blvd. South
Fort Myers, Florida,33965
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Elaine Hozdik Elaine Hozdik is the Director of International Services at Florida Gulf Coast University overseeing international education programs including study abroad, international students and visiting scholars, and cultural events. She has been a university administrator for 26 years in several US schools and also lived and worked abroad.
"You have this diverse cross-section of cultures," said Elaine Hozdik, FGCU director of International Services."Americans typically have weak foreign language skills," Hozdik said.In addition to the 123 students coming from other countries, FGCU is also host to five international scholars who teach to and learn from members of the university community.Shuo Cao is one of these scholars, and she is attending FGCU as part of the Fulbright program from her native China.She teaches Chinese to 22 students and 25 members of the Southwest Florida community.
"You have this diverse cross-section of cultures," said Elaine Hozdik, FGCU director of International Services.
Elaine Hozdik, FGCU's director of international services, said the school's trends haven't quite matched the national perspective because the university is only 10 years old and hasn't been able to attract the number of international students that more established schools can.Hozdik said the United States has lost money during the decline, but the bigger impact is in the loss of culture the students bring to Americans."It's so important for U.S. domestic students to get some exposure to the rest of the world," she said.Hozdik named more than 30 countries where current students are from.The university has exchange agreements with schools in Sweden, France, Germany and China, including Song's school, Yantai University.Studying in Southwest Florida has been a good experience, Song said, especially because in China's competitive university atmosphere, she studied constantly and didn't have time to socialize."The people here are quite nice.It's not just study and work," she said.
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But FGCU's director of international services, Elaine Hozdik, said most of the international students at the school were, in fact, leaving campus for the break , either to visit with friends in the United States or to their home countries.It's not like in the past years, where many international students had to stay on campus during the holidays because of prohibitive airfare expense and limited time. "Quite a few of them take advantage of this longer break to go home and visit their families back in their home countries.Times have changed with e-mail and computers and flights all over the place," Hozdik said."They're not as left alone as much as they had been in the past."