Additional Academic Programs and Services
As a supporting unit to The University of Akron, the staff in the Office of International Programs undertakes the following:
- To provide admission services to all prospective undergraduate international students as well as financial verification and immigration documents for undergraduate and graduate international students
- To aid in the transition/integration of international students, scholars, and scientists through the provision of services, such as providing orientation programs, and evaluating international undergraduate academic credentials
- To provide information and advising services for The University of Akron students who wish to study, work, or travel abroad through the Education Abroad Program
- To provide immigration counseling services for international students, scholars, and faculty members
- To develop and support campus and community resources and activities designed to promote international understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity both on and off campus
- To assist faculty and/or departments who have an interest in establishing exchange agreements abroad
- To facilitate contacts between The University of Akron faculty members and departments with their foreign university contacts to assure that meaningful, mutually beneficial, reciprocal agreements are maintained
In today’s world, global and intercultural awareness and the ability to relate to and work with those from other cultures and backgrounds are critical skills for graduates entering the workforce, regardless of intended profession. In a recent (2013) survey, 88% of polled hiring managers in the United States stated that intercultural experience is important for prospective hires to have. Education abroad is an excellent opportunity to develop those skills, as well as enhance one’s academic background and grow personally. Through the Education Abroad section of the Office of International Programs, The University of Akron maintains exchange relationships and affiliations with institutions in more than 10 countries, including France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, China, Peru, South Korea and the United Kingdom. UA also maintains affiliation agreements with several outside organizations offering education abroad opportunities, and many UA academic units sponsor short-term program options. As a result, UA students have the opportunity to study virtually anywhere in the world and for as short as a few weeks in the summer to a full academic year. For additional information, students may schedule an appointment with an Education Abroad advisor, attend an Open Chat session or attend a special event, such as Study Abroad 101, an Education Abroad Forum (once per semester) or the annual Education Abroad Fair (October).
A Learning Community is a group of students who take two to four classes together. Faculty members integrate topics and assignments across the courses so that what is being learned in one course reinforces and complements what is being learned in the other courses. Many courses in Learning Communities apply toward baccalaureate and associate degree requirements; some courses fulfill General Education requirements. Students in any major are welcome to participate in a Learning Community.
Living-Learning Communities (LLC) are established to provide distinctive settings where student academic success is supported through residential experiences.
Living-Learning Communities bring academics into the residence halls through mentorship by upperclass leaders, faculty and staff support, specialized programs and linkage between coursework. From Outdoor Adventure to ROTC; Business to Pre-Med, there is an LLC available to hundreds of students each year.
Academic Achievement Programs is dedicated to the mission of preparing students for personal success. It provides various academic, social, and cultural experiences for Akron-area students. Through five distinct programs, it expands and enhances academic instruction and adds value to the development of students through intensive summer components as well as academic year activities. These experiences are intended to empower students to make good decisions at home, in school, and in personal relationships, which will improve their self-worth, impact high school graduation rates, and facilitate the successful admission to and graduation from post-secondary educational institutions.
The University of Akron supports and promotes a robust officer training program — Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. ROTC produces leaders for the Army while building better citizens for America. ROTC is a military educational program designed to give men and women the opportunity to become officers while earning a college degree. ROTC offers scholarships, leadership training, and many other experiences simply not available to your average college student. ROTC classes and leadership training will help you sharpen your analytical skills. You’ll learn to evaluate changing conditions and make appropriate decisions. Being in ROTC requires you to take an added class and lab in addition to your other college courses. Typically, ROTC class credits can be applied as general elective credits toward your degree, and if you complete all four years of ROTC courses, you can earn a minor in the respective discipline.
The mission of the Office of Multicultural Development at The University of Akron is to prepare students to live and excel in a global society. As an advocate for equity and social justice, they ensure that students of diverse ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds achieve their fullest potential in an affirming environment which supports access, retention, and successful completion of goals. This mission is characterized by extensive student-focused collaboration with all segments of the campus community.
Adult Focus is an academic support service designed to assist adults and military veterans as they transition in their role as students to The University of Akron. It offers academic support, transitional coursework, advocacy, and scholarship referral and assistance throughout their academic career. Any student, regardless of age, whose primary life roles and responsibilities exist independent of the University and take precedence over the role of student in times of crisis or stress is considered to be an adult student.
UA Solutions is a full service consulting firm operating from The University of Akron. We exist as a liaison between the immense collection of resources within the University, and our region’s corporations of all sizes and industries. Our value, both to the University and to our clients, is a powerful and customizable solution-based service that identifies development opportunities and produces programs and solutions that can only come from the expertise of The University of Akron.
UA Solutions offers professional certification and noncredit courses to businesses, organizations and individuals. Classes are scheduled weekdays, evenings and weekends. Many courses are approved by professional, national and state organizations for certificate and license re-certification. More than 300 classroom and online courses are available each semester.
UA Solutions instructors customize and conduct employee training onsite for companies and organizations.
The University operates five educational centers in our surrounding communities.
The University Partnership Program brings colleges and universities, including The University of Akron, to the LCCC campus to offer the coursework and programs that students need for bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Degrees offered parallel those that LCCC offers, enabling students to move into higher level degrees without leaving LCCC. More information is available by calling the Center at 800-995-5222 ext. 4949.