Center for Global Engagement
Bringing the World to Baylor. Sending Baylor to the World.
The Center for Global Engagement seeks to coordinate and facilitate the efforts of individuals and groups throughout the campus to transform the world through international travel, research, and study, through the development of greater cultural competency and understanding, and through support for an increasingly diverse campus community.
Explore the world and gain invaluable opportunities to grow professionally and personally by immersing in different world cultures.
The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Office provides guidance and support to those at Baylor who have an F-1 visa or J-1 visa, helping them with their initial transition to Baylor and their connection to the Baylor experience.
Global Baylor recognizes that students who are both academically and cross-culturally prepared should be able to adapt and succeed in a diverse and multicultural world.
Our program provides a pathway for students who are fully qualified to enter Baylor University undergraduate programs but still need to improve their English.
For globally-minded students who want a non-traditional start to their freshman college experience, the Baylor Global Scholars program is a unique four-year educational and professional development opportunity.
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This week, Baylor is hosting International Education Week. It is designed to promote and celebrate international exchange worldwide, according to Holly Joyner, assistant director of marketing and communications for the Center for Global Engagement.
Joyner is in charge of International Education Week and said the program began because of the Department of Education.
“International Education Week actually comes from the State Department and the Department of Education,” Joyner said. “Both those departments and the federal government come together and sanction one week every year to celebrate international education.”
Hosted from Nov. 7 to Nov. 11, Last Language Standing (LLS) is a weeklong competition among different languages taught at Baylor. The event is located in front of the Interactive Media & Language Center (iMLC) on the third floor of Draper Academic Building.
According to the LLS website, LLS allows languages to battle to see which one is used the most.
A daily prompt encourages participants to display their thoughts using languages other than English, answering on Post-its that they place on the walls of the third floor of Draper. Audio submissions are also allowed, and a QR code is provided at the site for audio entries.
According to the iMLC website, there are three methods to win: most posted language, most posted overall and most posted of the day. The prize includes bragging rights for a year, a mention on the social network and a gift card.
Hajime Kumahata, director of the iMLC, said there are three categories for the daily prompt: easy, intermediate and difficult. The levels cater to students’ lingual efficiencies, and the questions are from real-life situations rather than standard classroom scenarios like “Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?”
“These are ‘silly’ questions, and we never use that in classroom situations,” Kumahata said. “That makes [the participants] think how they can apply the grammar and vocabulary that they learned in the classroom into these situations.”
At Baylor, students hail from all 50 states (as well as the District of Columbia) and more than 100 countries around the globe. These students bring to campus the sum of their own experiences to weave the tapestry of their Baylor experience on the foundational loom of Christian community.
When Tavis King left his hometown of Chicago in 2021 to begin his Baylor journey, he felt all the nervous excitement that the transition to college brings.
“It was scary,” King says. “I was a 15-hour drive from home, from all my friends that I’d grown up with and gone to school with since third grade. I’d just always been used to knowing everyone’s face, even if I didn’t know them.”
Thanks to his experience at Baylor Line Camp, King quickly connected with a variety of students from different backgrounds and found the community he sought during his college search.
Baylor student Elise Martin, received the William Marion Miller Prize for Academic Progress and determination in French. The award was presented by Professor Aurore Guitry, ACM-IAU’s French Language Coordinator. Students’ achievements were celebrated throughout the day, starting with a procession, followed by the ceremony, and ending with a beautiful reception.