Category Archives: Of Special Interest to Graduate Students

Study French in the South of France This January

Study French in the south of France in January! The French Area of Modern Languages offers a three-week experience of French language courses, life with a French family and tours and excursions in Montpellier, near the Mediterranean. Escape from the cold weather and earn three credits. Contact Thomas Field at for more information.

International Graduate Student Survey

If you are an international graduate student at UMBC and receive an e-mail with the subject “International graduate student survey at UMBC,” it means that you have been randomly selected among international graduate students at UMBC to participate in a survey. This survey is part of a doctoral research project, and it will gather information about the resources that international graduate students use when writing texts for their courses and their academic satisfaction. The survey is online and anonymous, and you could win one of 20 UMBC Bookstore gift certificates valued at $20 each. It will take you no more than 15 minutes to complete. Your collaboration is extremely important in voicing international students’ academic experiences. Answer the survey and help improve international graduate students’ experiences at UMBC!

PROMISE Community Building Retreat (2/26-28)

Despite the snow, we are still planning for our annual PROMISE Community Building Retreat February 26-28 for graduate students. As promised, the application is now online here. We have 100 slots. Interested faculty and staff are invited to attend as well. To continue our tradition, the 2010 Community Building Retreat will again set aside 15 of the 100 slots for the Dissertation House component. The application materials for the Dissertation House are included in the overall application for the retreat. More information about the Dissertation House can be found on the Web site. Updates can be accessed on the retreat’s Web site, the Facebook event site and through the PROMISE Twitter site.

To view photos and videos from the 2009 Community Building Retreat at Rocky Gap, visit the PROMISE blog and page down to the early entries from February and March 2009. This blog will be updated with details from the 2010 retreat.

For more information, contact Renetta Tull, assistant dean for graduate student development and director of PROMISE, at