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  • During the 2014-2015 Academic Year, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) served 156  international students. The students originated from 44 different countries of the world, including Antigua, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominica, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Korea, Saint Lucia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, and Vietnam. The students are also regionally distributed as follows Asia (30%), Africa (24%), North America (21%), Europe (15%), South America (9%), and Australia (1%). The institution also serves 243 students, who are permanent resident in the United States and originally came from 48 different countries. The countries with the highest enrollment of students include Nigeria (78%), Jamaica (56%), China (35%), Cameroon (10%), and Kenya (10%). The students are widely dispersed in the areas of their academic pursuits. The specific academic programs that the students are highly engaged in include Biology, Engineering, Computer Science, Hotel and Restaurant Management, and Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences (MEES) chronologically. The cultural diversity among the students is overwhelming. Their presence enriches cultural diversity at UMES, exposing the local members of the community to first-hand experiences of their different cultures.

    The Office of International Student Advising was established in October, 1996, to:

    • Coordinate the previously fragmented services for international students at UMES,

    • Provide general counseling and advising relative to international student acclimation to the University community

    • Establish initiatives to facilitate and improve student retention.

    The Office for International Students currently has the following staff:

    • International Student Advisor/Director

    • Work ship Student

    • Administrative Assistant.