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International Student Activities 

The Center for International Education works hard to provide support for all F-1 international students at HCC. There are always opportunities to get involved or volunteer. Below are some major activities organized for and by international students.  

Florida International Leadership Conference in Orange Springs, Florida

Ten Hillsborough Community College International Students took First Place over 18 other Florida Colleges and Universities at the 8th Annual Florida International Leadership Conference in Orange Springs, FL in February.   The ten students competed in the hotly contested ‘Spirit Competition,’ and despite being the first team to compete, impressed both students and judges enough to warrant a standing ovation for their performance. View the HCC performance!

The Florida International Leadership Conference is the annual statewide conference intended to enhance leadership skills, promote friendships and networks among international and study abroad students, acknowledge and reward student leaders who work at promoting international understanding on campus, challenge students to see themselves as global leaders, and recognize the differing styles of leadership across cultures.

The ten students that represented HCC (Skylar Heo—S. Korea, Jasim Al-Armali—Kuwait, Pierre Francois—Haiti, Dong Zhao—China, Abdulrhman Bin Khalid—Saudi Arabia, Dan Coates—US, Xavier Ransome—Dominican Republic, Pimjai Krisanakaset—Thailand, Mohammed Alowaini—Saudi Arabia, Summer Lao—China) are all members of the very active International Student Club here at HCC. The performance was produced and directed by one of our International Theatre students, Marco Rangel—Mexico.

Click here to see photos from FILC 2014! If you are interested in attending next year's event, email meberhard@hccfl.edu.

International Student Club

The HCC International Club strives to bring a diverse and multicultural experience to the Dale Mabry campus. Its members, who derive from a myriad of countries as well as the U.S., enjoy experiencing other cultures through personal friendship.  The club's activities aim to provide linguistic, cultural and social exchange opportunities for all students. Find out more about the International Student Club on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/international.students.club/.

Conversation Partner Program 

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What is the Conversation Partner Program?

The purpose of the Center for International Education's Conversation Partner program is to foster the meaningful interaction between international students and native English speakers. The program pairs international students who would like to practice their practice their conversational English skills outside the classroom with native English speakers wo can capitalize on the wonderful opportunity to learn about another culture while teaching English. 

Members of the Conversation Partner Program attend informal meetings to discuss a variety of cultural topics and issues throughout the academic year.

Why International Students Should Participate:

  • To learn first-hand about American life
  • To adjust faster to a new culture
  • To share your culture with an American
  • To improve your conversational English ability

Why Native English Speakers Should Participate:

  • To learn first hand about another culture, especially beneficial if you are thinking about Study Abroad
  • To learn a new language 
  • To gain experience working with people from other countries

cie activity2The Center for International Education recently held its first Conversation Partner Social, introducing more than 30 students to their Conversation Partners. Conversation Partners meet one hour each week, one-on-one at a mutually convenient time and place. 

If you are interested in joining this program, contact epew@hccfl.edu or international@hccfl.edu for more information.



Inaugural HCC Soccer Club at Dale Mabry Campus 

Soccer ClubThe inaugural HCC Soccer Club has been established for the purpose of bringing the sport of soccer to the Dale Mabry Campus at Hillsborough Community College. Membership to this organization signifies that all members, students, faculty, and staff, are passionate about the sport of soccer and enjoy sharing their skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm through competition. 

The HCC Soccer Club was formally created and given club status in January 2013. It features eight teams comprise of Hillsborough Community College students. The teams will play a ‘round robin schedule’ before finishing the season with the HCC Classic for the Hawks Cup!

To find out how you can become a member of HCC's newest club, contact Matt Barrett at the Center for International Education at mbarrett5@hccfl.edu or (813) 253-7328, or visit us on Facebook.