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Scholar spotlight: Nadezhda Filimonova

Filed in Multimedia, Photo, Russia by on April 22, 2016

Home country: Russia
Visa type: J-1
MU department: International Center
Role at MU: Visiting scholar

Path to MU:
Nadezhda Filimonova is visiting the MU International Center as a 2016 participant in the Russian International Education Administration Program, which is facilitated by the Fulbright Program and the Institute for International Education. The program is specifically designed for Russians in the field of higher education to learn more about working with students in regard to their international experiences. After undergoing an intensive application process, Filimonova spend at month at the University of Indiana with the seven other Russian fellows, where she completed the month-long academic portion of the program. The group also participated in a week-long conference in Washington, D.C., for international education administrators, following a one-week Fulbright seminar series in New York. When Filimonova leaves MU on April 3, she will return to New York to give a presentation based on her experiences before traveling home to Russia.

Current work:
As the head of the World Meteorological Organization Relations Department in the International Relations Office of Russian State Hydrometeorological University, Filimonova’s work there includes the selection and admissions process for international students, coordination of foreign students’ medical insurance and liaison between international students and other departments within the university. Because she works independently with the international students studying at her home university, Filimonova’s works at MU includes general observations of the International Center’s daily operations and the support given to MU’s international students.

Current goals:
She hopes to learn more about the process of adaptation for international students studying in Missouri, as well as the reintegration of students after they have returned from studying abroad. She is particularly interested in learning about how MU’s executes International Student Welcome, their recruitment process for international students and how the International Center works with its sponsored students. Her goals are to learn how to attract international students and how to prevent students from feeling isolated while studying abroad.

Biggest surprise about the U.S.:
Filimonova was most surprised at the cost of higher education in the United States, though she was impressed by the number of resources and facilities provided to American students.

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