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International Club Performs at Reception in Philadelphia

International Students

Thirty students from Burlington County College’s (BCC) International Club recently attended and performed at the 43rd annual International Students Reception at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. With more than 650 international students representing more than 70 countries and a dedicated International Office, BCC is committed to supporting a diverse culture and providing all individuals access to a quality education.

At this year’s reception, BCC brought and displayed seven paintings on loan from the renowned Honduran artist Miguel Angel Ruiz Matute in recognition of the Penn Museum’s Maya 2012 exhibition. BCC’s international students performed a Bollywood dance in front of thousands of international educators and guests from more than 100 countries. The reception connects international guests with the local community and its leaders, and to the multicultural community of Philadelphia. Special guests included consul officials from India, Italy, Turkey, and Nepal. BCC had students representing the following countries and cultures: Panama, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Jamaica, Liberia, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Nigeria, Romania, Turkey and India.

On Thursday, Nov. 15, BCC is hosting an International/ESL Student Gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Laurel Hall lobby located on the Mount Laurel campus, 500 College Circle. The event is free and open to students. International Club members and ESL students will bring dishes from their home country. There will also be cultural performances. This event is held each semester to celebrate BCC’s students' culture and diversity. For more information on the International Club, please contact Katherine Dawson, Club President, at katherine_dawson@mymail.bcc.edu or call the International Office at (609) 894-9311 ext. 1350 or 2232.

About Burlington County College’s International Office

BCC’s International Office oversees compliance and responsibility of financial support, academic progress and immigration status with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. The International Program Specialist coordinates programs and activities for international and foreign-born students to help provide a comfortable cultural adjustment period. The International Program Specialist acts as a student’s academic advisor, USCIS liaison and cross-cultural counselor. 

Pictured above (left to right): Tania Mboge representing Liberia, Toni Ann Anderson representing Jamaica, Tiara Gbeintor representing Liberia, Katherine Dawson representing Panama, Thakshila Upasena representing Sri Lanka, Veronica Medina representing Puerto Rico, BCC’s International Program Specialist Carmen Ghiran representing Romania, and (front seated) Laura Herrera representing Mexico.