Fall marks the return of in-person global education experiences for RIT students

Atiqa Mohsin thought she had missed her window of opportunity to study abroad at the Rochester Institute of Technology campus in the United States. Mohsin, a fifth-year electrical engineering student from Pakistan studying at RIT Dubai, applied to come to the United States in fall 2020 under RIT’s Global Scholars program, but the program was canceled last year. due to global coronavirus travel restrictions. pandemic.

Mohsin’s faculty at RIT Dubai urged her to apply again this year, but they tried not to give her hope. She knew that a sudden epidemic or a change in policy could put a damper on her plans, so she kept her plans quiet until she set foot on American soil.

“A lot of my friends didn’t know I was in the United States until I took a picture of the tiger statue and sent it to them,” Mohsin said. “Until I was at JFK airport, I was so sure something was going to happen and they would send me home.”

Mohsin is among dozens of RIT students who are once again criss-crossing the globe this year for in-person international education experiences. Thirteen students from RIT campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo and 11 students from RIT’s international exchange partners came to study at the RIT campus in Rochester this fall as part of the Global Scholars program. Meanwhile, 16 students from the RIT Rochester campus have gone on study abroad experiences around the world.

Mohsin said spending the year on the U.S. campus would allow him to explore a wider range of electives and extracurricular activities. She said she was excited to take specialized courses in psychology and communication which are not available on the Dubai campus and that she wanted to explore clubs and activities varying from archery club for Magazine Journalist.

Above all, she said she was looking forward to experiencing a different culture.

“One of the things I would really like to do is understand the culture and the people here,” Mohsin said. “It’s so different from my country. The expressions are so different and vibrant. When I talk to people, I can feel their personality through their words and what they wear.

“I want to try to learn how to communicate effectively in a way that makes the other person happy. The way the people I’ve met on campus so far talk back and forth is so nice to hear. It’s something I admire.”

And when asked if she had any reservations about enduring Rochester’s harsh winter weather, she didn’t flinch.

“I’m so excited for this,” Mohsin said. “I come from a desert; I have only known the sun. I want to experience another season. I want to see snow and rain. I know I’m gonna hate this, I know I’m probably gonna get sick, but I don’t care. I want to see it and live it.

To learn more about RIT’s international education opportunities, visit the RIT Global website.