A Fun, Supportive Environment
Seton Hill University offers intercultural students a supportive environment in which to learn, live and grow. Once admitted to Seton Hill, you will benefit from the services of the Office of Multicultural and International Services. This office exists to support you with anything from immigration status to social or personal adjustment to life in the United States.
"The Multicultural & International Student Organization is more of a family to me, and I think to many other students, too! I love being a part of the events and the community that MISO cultivates on campus."- Joe Smith, SHU '17, from England
Activities & Campus Life
The Multicultural and International Services Office and the Multicultural and International Student Organization (MISO) offer many programs and activities throughout the academic year to help promote diverse cultures on campus. Activities include regular MISO club meetings where students socialize, fundraisers, an annual Intercultural Food Festival where students prepare food and drink from their cultures and offer them to the Seton Hill community, educational programs on current global issues and off-campus trips.
Multicultural and international students also participate in the many other clubs and organizations at Seton Hill, and can also take advantage of the numerous activities that Seton Hill offers to its community, like weekly yoga sessions, kickboxing, whitewater rafting, coffee houses, concerts, comedy shows, art exhibitions and much more.
"Whether you're international, have an international heritage or are American, MISO will always be there to support you. The door on fifth floor Admin will always be open. Don't hesitate to ask questions; they always have the answers!"- Indira Prins, SHU '16
A sampling of the events organized by the Office of Multicultural and International Services and MISO is listed below.
Annual Food Festival
Each fall semester, intercultural students are invited to choose a recipe from home to prepare for the food festival and share with the rest of the Seton Hill community. Our student-made video about the 2014 food festival highlights this festive event.
Students majoring in nutrition and dietetics, history, and modern languages prepare information and presentations (and sometimes food!) to share with the Seton Hill community throughout the week-long celebration.
Other Cultural Celebrations
Throughout the year, the Office of Multicultural and International Services recognizes holidays and celebrations that are important to our students. Events in the past have included Diwali, Lunar New Year and Ramadan.
Language Immersion Floors in Residence Halls
Our residence halls feature “language and cultural immersion” floors. Residents of these floors interact daily with students from diverse cultures, and native speakers of a variety of languages. A resident assistant assists with language skills, and the Office of Multicultural and International Services, the Modern Languages Program and the Spanish and French clubs sponsor engaging activities. New students will be given the opportunity to request housing on these floors as part of the orientation process.
Health insurance is mandatory for international students. Student health insurance is available to all international students at a cost of approximately $500 per year. Please keep in mind, if you are an international student athlete, you have NCAA requirements for insurance while participating in sports. Please note that medical services in the United States are often expensive; the United States does not have a national health program. Having insurance will cover, or offset, the cost of health care services.
ESL - English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language studies at Seton Hill offer intercultural students the encouragement and support to succeed in the four literacy domains: writing, reading, speaking and listening. Professional staff assist students in the following areas: generating ideas for writing topics, locating main ideas within texts, demonstrating clear sentence structures to practice grammar rules and developing presentation skills. For English language learners, Seton Hill also offers two three-credit courses covering grammar, composition, listening and vocabulary development. These courses are offered on the intermediate and advanced levels. English language learners may also register for a one-credit tutorial course in written or spoken English.