Global Affairs

Study Abroad

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Go Global with RU gives each Rockford University the opportunity to study abroad.  The time for you to begin the adventure of a lifetime is right now!  Studying abroad allows students to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply that knowledge out into the world to gain a greater global perspective.  During your experience gaining a world-class education you will be able to improve your use of a foreign language, develop intercultural knowledge, pick up international skills that will look good on a resume and learn more about yourself all while gaining life experience.

Contact Information

Sam Bandy, Director

Maria Diemer
Assistant Director of Global Affairs

Deepshikha Shukla, Ph.D., Global Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Physics

Location: Burpee Building 2nd Floor

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Short-Term Study Abroad


Office of Global Affairs

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Hello! Hola! Bonjour! Privet! Hej! Guten tag! Ni hao! Konnichiwa!

The Office of Global Affairs (OGA) helps prepare Rockford University students, faculty and community constituents for active participation in a rapidly changing global society by internationalizing our campus and curriculum, facilitating experiential learning opportunities, and developing our international partnerships to achieve Rockford University’s strategic objectives.

Mission Statement of the Office of Global Affairs

Create a supportive and interactive learning environment that celebrates multiculturalism by bringing all of Rockford University’s diverse student body together, in such a way that the academic as well as extra-curricular experiences of all students are enhanced and enjoyed.

Events Fall 2017

Fri 9 Tailgate
Tue 12 Global Taste
Fri 15 Mexican Tea Time Outside Cafeteria 12pm – 1pm
Wed 20 DACA Dreamers Regents Hall 12pm – 1pm
Sat 23 Saudi National Day (Night) Regents Hall 5pm – 7pm
Tue 10 European Global Taste In Cafeteria 11:30 –  1 pm
Thur 12 European Tea Time Outside Cafeteria 12pm – 1pm
Sat 14 Homecoming Tailgate Park Lot A Before Game
Thur 26 Study Abroad Trending Now! Regents Hall 12pm – 1pm
Tue 31 Pumpkin Painting Student Center 9am – 2 pm?
Thur 2 Day of the Dead (Night) Regents Hall 5pm – 7pm
Tue 7 Hispanic Global Taste In Cafeteria 11 am – 1pm
Thur 7 Scandinavian Tea Time Outside Cafeteria 12pm – 1pm

Services provided by the OGA:

  • Assist both U.S. and international students in realizing their dreams of studying abroad
  • Provide services related to U.S. immigration regulations
  • Offer international student orientation
  • Provide international student academic advising and support

Global Ambassador Program

The Global Ambassador Program pairs new international students with a Rockford University student who has been on campus for at least one year. Global Ambassadors assist new international students from the time that a student arrives to Rockford University until the end of her or his first year. The goal of this program is for Global Ambassadors to help international students acclimate to the Rockford University campus and U.S. academic system through post-orientation and first year follow up as a peer mentor for the new student.

Ambassador Family Program 

The Ambassador Family Program matches families in the Rockford community with international students. These families help international students by giving them the opportunity have authentic cultural experiences in the area and in their homes. Many students who have participated in this program in past years have shared holidays at their ambassador families’ homes and have attended local area attractions with their family.

Core Values of the Office of Global Affairs

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
Enable everyone to have the opportunity to experience traveling abroad.


Contact Information

Sam Bandy, Director

Maria Diemer, Assistant Director of Global Affairs

Julie Griffith, Coordinator of Global Affairs

Deepshikha Shukla, Ph.D., Global Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Physics

Location: Burpee Building, 2nd Floor

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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IFF 2016

International Food Fair

11/07/2016 1:13 pm


Special Thanks to….

InternationalFood-300x225Rockford University’s Multicultural Club and the Office of Global Affairs would like to thank Sattam Al Suwailem of SupplyCore Middle East/Arwadh for his generous donation to this year’s International Food Festival.  We would also like to thank Rockford University’s Student Government Association and Sodexo.


Rockford, Ill., — International students at Rockford University will prepare a wide variety of international dishes for the University’s 10th annual International Food Festival, Saturday, April 22 from 5 to 8 p.m., doors will open at 4:30 p.m., in Regents Hall, 2nd floor, Burpee Center on the Rockford University Campus located at 5050 East State Street, Rockford.

Sponsored by Rockford University’s Multicultural Club and the Office of Global Affairs, the International Food Festival will feature authentic recipes from countries like Germany, Philippines, Japan, China, Sweden, Turkey, Syria, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Liberia, Mexico and Bosnia. Members from the Multicultural Club will prepare foods so that visitors can taste home cooked meals from their countries. International entertainment is also planned so that guests can enjoy traditional song and dance while they eat. Rockford University is currently home to more than 114 international students representing 26 countries



Would you like to cook one of these dishes at home? 

All of the recipes ready to be downloaded.


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Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door for adults. Children are $5 in advance, $6 at the door. Contact or call 815-394-5112 for tickets or more information.

Hosted by:
Office of Global Affairs (OGA) & Multicultural Club


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