Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Bianca Visits IXO

Bianca Tardio studied abroad at AUS in Fall 2016 via ISEP from Virginia Commonwealth University. She just graduated in May (with a dual major in Criminal Justice and Finance), and will now she is pursuing her Master's Degree in Finance at the American University in Washington DC. She had really fallen in love with the UAE and was missing her time here, and so for her graduation her mother gave her a trip back for the summer. She just spent a couple of weeks here and had a fantastic time meeting new people, visiting the Frame Building and more. She stopped in for a quick visit to IXO and AUS before heading home. It was lovely to have a chance to catch up with her while she was here and we wish her all the best!

Bianca at IXO

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Summer 2018

Orientation Day

In only 6 weeks the summer semester went by with a rush of excitement and activities. Students from different parts of the globe such as Germany, Czech Republic, China, Canada and the United States came to join us at AUS.

The Summer 2018 students came from the following universities: Texas A&M University, University of Nebraska Lincoln, University of British Columbia, Pennsylvania State University, University of Alabama, Simon Fraser University, Masaryk University, Miami University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC).

Dubai Day out
Shariah Museum of Islamic Civilization 

Iftar at Alfanar
Alhough it might have been the hottest part of the year, students had a great feel of the culture and the language. We had adventurous days and saw parts of Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. 

They were able to see the beautiful month of Ramadan and experience the celebration of Eid in all its culture. Students were able to have yummy iftar at an Emirati house and learn about the different traditions in an Emirati household.
Although the semester was short, we have made some amazing memories. We wish all our exchange students all the best in their future and hope to see you again.

Farewell Dinner

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Week Summary

This week has been a whirlwind of outings and visitors!  In addition, we have been welcoming new IXO Team members, in anticipation of having to farewell a number of beloved colleagues at the end of this semester!
The week began with a trip to Oman for the group of CIEE students. They had a great time swimming and hiking! Then IXO participated in the AUS Exploration Day, welcoming potential new students and their parents, and demonstrating the many benefits of study abroad.  

On Tuesday, we hosted a delegation of 14 faculty from the American Chemical Society, touring them around our beautiful campus and facilities. And today we hosted delegates from the University of North Georgia, an ISEP exchange partner.

In addition to all of these activities, we added a couple of new members to our IXO family, i.e. Ms. Nadeen AbdulMajeed and MsSara Omar, both Mass Comm students who will serve as Publicity Specialists, managing our monthly newsletter, and updating and developing our promotional materials. Our long-term team members, Shaza, Leontia, and Tasnim will be graduating at the end of this semester, and another team member, Mariam, will departing for her international exchange this Fall at Louisiana State University via ISEP Exchange.  Our API Regional Director, Ms. Hong Ho, will also be departing the Team at the end of this semester, as she is moving with her family to Ottawa in Canada.  Our long-term IXO Volunteer, Ms. Rose Armour, will be taking her place.  We welcome Nadeen and Sara to the Team, but at the same time we dread saying farewell to Shaza, Leontia, Tasnim, Mariam, and Hong!

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Last weekend the Ixo students and some staff went to an Arabic cooking class.This took place at the trendy Hilton Dubai Creek They had 2 starters, one main, and a dessert.The starters include 4 styles of mezza dishes, Tokcapi Chicken as a main, and finished with delicious chocolate fondant. There was some many starters that the group was stuffed! and everyone love the chocolate fondant cake with it's oozing chocolate insides!

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Welcome, Nadeen!!!
Given that we are losing all three of our Publicity Specialists (I'm including Shaza in that description) at the end of this semester (NO!!!), I wanted to let you know I have just hired Nadine Abdul Majeed, a MassComm major, to join the team. 

Monday, 26 March 2018

Hong is Moving to Canada

 Hong Ho, Regional Director for Academic Programs Inc. (API) since Summer 2012, has announced she will be moving to Canada in Summer 2018. We have loved working in close partnership with her all these years, and will be devastated to see her go. During her time associated with IXO, she has led many fun and cultural outings for our students, and especially introduced us all to the Fujairah bullfighting events. We certainly wish her and her family all the very best as they embark on this new adventure!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

New Semester!

With the change of semesters comes a change of new students. We wave bon voyage to the out going students and welcomed the new batch of IXO Students. many of the students arrived the day of the Family Orientation and were greeted by our wonderful IXO team. No sooner than their arrival, they were whisked away on the Orientation week events.

With sightseeing like the Burj Khalifa, Sharjah Heritage Area and much more, they were ready to begin the new semester with IXO. 

Recently arrived IXO students explored Abu Dhabi on Febuary 10th, visiting the Louvre, Masdar city, and the Shiekh Zayed Grand Mosque.