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Please look for the Center's new website coming in June of 2010 or visit http://ciu.northcarolina.edu to learn more about our programs!

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The University of North Carolina
Our Mission

The Center's work focuses on helping North Carolina policy leaders and educators address international issues affecting our state. Through study abroad and cross-cultural training in North Carolina, we build global leaders who can help guide their classrooms and communities through demographic change and global challenges. Please see the side bar for more information about the Center for International Understanding and our programs. This wiki site is designed for information about our programs as well as to illustrate how we are accomplishing our goals. It is our hope, that with this site, our partners will develop their own wiki and begin using Web 2.0 tools in an effort to establish on-going relationships around the world to begin working on collaborative projects with their students across borders.


Cultural Correspondents - A program of the Center for International Understanding

Cultural Correspondents is an innovative way of partnering university study abroad students with K-8 classrooms in North Carolina. Using 21st century communications technologies, university study abroad students are paired with K-8 classrooms to present lessons on their host country, culture, and experiences. The teachings that study abroad students and their classroom teacher design and share with K-8 classrooms are aligned to classroom concepts and curriculum, thus fulfilling State Board of Education mandates. This type of partnership is mutually beneficial because it allows study abroad students to gain valuable service-learning experience, while also allowing K-8 students to learn firsthand about another country’s cultures, climate, economy, geography, etc. Correspondent teachings are supervised and facilitated by the classroom teacher as additional parts of their lessons. Each participant receives training in web conferencing, a technology that combines familiar computer applications in a virtual online classroom designed for real-time communication and collaboration. All of these aspects combined help ensure the K-8 student has a complete education, well-rounded by an introduction to international education that can help prepare them to become 21st century graduates.