International Student Services

The Barbara H. Padnos International Center (PIC) provides support to international students. Many international students come to see the PIC as their home away from home.

Your first interaction with the center may be its international student orientation that focuses on connecting you with the GVSU community, helping you understand the rules and regulations of the United States, and making sure that you are ready to pursue your academic endeavors.

The center also supports the GVSU International Students Club that hosts a variety of formal and informal cultural events throughout the year. In the fall their signature event is Discover Business Abroad, which provides information on work styles in different cultures. In the winter, they host the Sexy Accent Night, a cultural extravaganza that includes food, a fashion show, cultural quizzes, and a dance.

In addition, the club hosts a monthly dinner where Grand Valley chefs prepare recipes from different countries each month. All international students are members of the International Students Club, and many American students join as well.

Two students talking

Meet Miguel Perez Vives, an International Business major and one of our international student spotlights.