Global Coffee Hour at DePaul University

17 February 2021
Students relaxing with coffee at DePaul

DePaul University emphasizes the importance of staying engaged and finding new connections. For international students, one of these engagement opportunities is Global Coffee Hour, a program that helps first-year graduate and undergraduate international students learn more about student life at DePaul and life in Chicago. Global Coffee Hour will help you become a part of the DePaul community. Even moving to a virtual experience this year hasn’t stopped Global Coffee Hour from being a place for international students to grow and connect.

Global Coffee Hour Provides Career, Academic, and Social Support

Bella, one of our ambassadors for the DePaul Global Gateway Program, attended January’s Global Coffee Hour called Networking 101, and she shared her experience with us:

“I joined two discussion groups: Strategic Networking and Optimizing LinkedIn. We discussed ways to develop our own network, such as building connection with professors and classmates and asking for help from the career center. And, a teacher showed us how effectively obtain potential career opportunities through LinkedIn. I am very happy to have the chance to meet new people in this event. Staff members of the Career Center are very enthusiastic and helpful. The Global Coffee Hour gave me a warm and meaningful afternoon!”

DePaul students at Global Coffee Hour

Bella’s experience shows how DePaul is committed to supporting students’ engagement while they’re enrolled at the university and is helping them to grow into professional careers. Some of the past Global Coffee Hour topics have included how to make friends, job search basics, and how to be a successful student. This is also a time for international students to meet other DePaul students and make new friends with diverse cultural backgrounds. Dr. Gretchen Frickx, director of the DePaul Global Gateway Program, said, “Global Coffee Hour is especially exciting because of how many international students participate! Last time I went, I spoke with students from Taiwan, Thailand, Ecuador, the Philippines, China, India, Colombia, Nigeria, and Iraq.”

Career support, academic and social tips, and new friends – Global Coffee Hour is just one way that DePaul University makes your experience memorable. Are you ready to learn more? Start your DePaul story today.


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