Interconnect, the International Connection Program, is specifically designed to help international and third culture students successfully navigate the transition from life overseas to life at Houghton. This amazing week-long program takes place the week before the start of each fall semester for all international and third culture students. Interconnect is a great opportunity to begin building friendships with other international/TCK students even before the arrival of other students to campus. We focus on the following areas:
Navigating Cultural Transition
Interconnect offers many invaluable sessions on topics that will aid the transition to life in the United States and at Houghton. The sessions, which are designed to be interactive and participatory, are led by Houghton professors, staff and current students, all with significant cross-cultural experience.
Meeting New People
For most international and TCK students, making new friendships with those who share similar life experiences is the highlight of the interconnect program. There’s no better way to start college than by having some friendships already in place. In addition, students will be able to meet many current students, faculty and staff who share a cross-cultural background and interest.
Learning Practical Houghton Skills
Settling into a new culture requires learning new skills. During the interconnect week students will participate in activities that highlight important experiences such as obtaining a campus job, finding their way around Houghton, learning what it takes to get a New York driver’s license, etc.
Let’s face it, fun is a key element of the college experience. That’s why interconnect has lots of it – including a bonfire, ropes course activities, a scavenger hunt, and a visit to a nearby fun park, just to name a few.
The fall 2021 Interconnect program officially begins on Saturday, August 21 at 6:00 pm. Students, however, are requested to arrive on campus no later than 4:00 p.m. in order to check in at the Welcome Desk in the Campus Center.
While cost and distance often prohibit international parents from joining their son or daughter on their arrival to college, parents are welcome to arrive and assist their student, however, the dinner at 6:00 p.m. is for students only. It is important to note that after the reception students will be fully occupied with the interconnect program and will be unable to spend time with their parents. While it can be a difficult transition for parents, due to the nature of the program, it works better for students to transition away from family and into college at the beginning of the week. Parents who come are suggested to arrange their departure for Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Parents will also need to arrange their own accommodations.
Arriving by Car
Intercultural students who have arranged private transportation to campus should arrive no later than 4:00 p.m. on Saturday the 21st in order to get your room assignment and put your stuff away.
Any arrivals earlier or later than Saturday, need to request special permission by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org Any meals prior to the 6 PM dinner on Saturday will need to be paid for by the student.
Arriving by Air
All students arriving by air should arrange their flights to arrive at Buffalo International Airport (BUF) before 2:00 p.m. Students needing to be picked up at the airport should plan to arrive on Saturday, August 21, and must email your complete flight itinerary to Kim Cockle no later than August 10th. If a Saturday arrival is not possible, please contact Kim Cockle as well.
NOTE: You may be required to wait at the airport, depending on what times other students will be arriving. You will be notified by email what time to expect and meet up with the driver.
Although the Interconnect program is free, there are additional costs for airport pickups and for any meals prior to dinner on Saturday. The fee for an airport pickup on any day except for Saturday, August 21st will be $75 USD. Please have this ready in the form of cash or check (drawn on a U.S. bank) when you arrive. Students needing an airport pickup on Saturday the 21st will be not be charged if you arrive at the Buffalo Airport by 2:00 p.m. No transportation will be arranged prior to or after the 21st except for extenuating circumstances.
Students arriving any earlier than 4 p.m. are responsible for their own meal costs prior to the dinner on Saturday, August 21st. Beginning Saturday evening, all student meals will be paid for.
Please contact Kim Cockle with any questions you may have.