Brown Page Content 1International Student SupportThe Brown School is home to more than 120 international students from around the world.We recognize the unique transitions faced by international students studying in the U.S. Our Office of Global Programs and its partners are committed to making the international student experience a positive one, and host the following programs, events and initiatives to assist and support students during their time at our School and beyond.International Student OrientationEvery August, the School hosts a dedicated orientation for international students. It includes programming geared especially towards international students, including an opportunity to use public transportation with Brown School staff and students to begin to explore your surroundings.Students also have access to a practicum student in the office of Global Programs the summer before arrival, who can help assist with the transition to St. Louis and the Brown School.International Connector ProgramThis program informally matches each first-year international student with a second-year domestic student and a second-year international student. We organize a welcome and concluding event, and at least 1-2 cultural events throughout the year, such as a Blues Hockey or Cardinals baseball game. This is an opportunity for students to get to know others at the School and to explore St. Louis!International Student Resource SessionsThe Office of Global Programs hosts lunches on campus to explore topics of particular interest to those less unfamiliar with living and working in the U.S. Topics have included:Maneuvering Health CareWorking with PoliceHow to Get a Car and LicenseBuilding Resumes and Cover LettersWorking in the U.S.Mental health resourcesThe Habif Health and Wellness Center offers a Chinese-speaking therapist on staff. In addition, students can participate in "Let's Talk," a program that provides students with easy access to free, brief and confidential consultations with counselors from Mental Health Services (MHS). MHS counselors hold walk-in hours on the third floor of Goldfarb Hall during which students can stop by when their schedule permits. Appointments are not needed. As well, the Liberman Graduate Center presents International C.H.A.T. (Creating Healthy Actions Together), a weekly informal gathering for international graduate students led by experienced group facilitators.Communication LabThe Brown School Communication Lab offers workshops to enhance students’ professional writing and presentation skills across a variety of formats and media. The Lab also offers intensive ESL support as well as some tutoring services.English Language Support ClassesThe OISS English Language Program will test all Brown School international students for English language proficiency upon arrival at Brown School. Based on the assessment scoring, students may be required to attend an English Language Support (ELS) Class, held every Friday during the first semester of the MSW, MPH and MSP programs. There is no tuition charge for these two credits, however, they do not count toward a degree program. Current student and alumni panelsThe Global Programs Office often arranges panel discussions with current second-year international students as well as recent international alumni from the Brown School.Cultural ShowcaseThis annual event highlights the many vibrant cultures at the Brown School, culminating in a student showcase of song, dance, and food!International Student GroupsVarious international student groups are available to provide comradery, community and additional support. See this page for more details.