Rochelle Wallace oversees all activities that deal with international students, from recruiting, assisting with visas, academic advising, cultural adjustment support, and campus activities.
International Relations Staff
International Student Support:
Visiting the OJC Campus
If you are in the area and would like to schedule a visit, please contact the Director of International Programs & Services with the following information:
- Date of visit and approximate time of arrival if known
- What area of study you are interested in so that we may arrange an opportunity for you to speak with professors in that department.
- If there are any special wants or needs, if example if you are interested in trying out for one of the athletic teams or talking to the Theatre Department about opportunities to perform, please let us know and we will do our best to introduce you
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Countries Represented at OJC
This year OJC is home to 43 F-1/J-1 international students from 26 countries including:
- Dominican Republic
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
Special International Programs
Otero Junior College serves as host to special exchange visitors on the following special programs sponsored by the Educational & Cultural Exchange Department of the U.S. State Department.
Community College Initiatives Program
The Community College Initiative (CCI) Program provides international students quality academic program at U.S. community colleges intended to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English language proficiency. The program also provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning, and community engagement activities. Participants spend one academic year in the United States and may earn certificates in their fields of study. After completing the program, participants return home with new skills and expertise to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their country.
Global UGRAD Pakistan
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan (Global UGRAD-Pakistan) program builds the capacity of a diverse group of youth leaders from underserved populations across Pakistan. Through U.S.-based training and practical experience in leadership positions, community engagement, and in their professional fields, undergraduate students gain the skills needed to implement long-term civic and economic changes in their communities, building stability through increased local capacity and cross-cultural understanding. Through semester-long programs of study, exploration of U.S. culture, and integration into U.S. communities, Global UGRAD-Pakistan students develop a broad and nuanced understanding of U.S. values and become citizen ambassadors who support expanded diplomatic and development partnerships
Global UGRAD Central Asia/Eurasia
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia builds the capacity of youth leaders from underserved populations across the region. Through U.S.-based training and practical experience in leadership, life-skills, civic engagement, and internships, youth leaders are empowered to implement long-term civic and economic changes in their communities, building stability through increased local capacity and cross-cultural understanding. The selected students study in non-degree programs for one academic year at an American university or community college, allowing them to develop a nuanced understanding of the United States and to share their countries and cultures with America. When Global UGRAD students return to finish college in their home countries, they share what they have learned and contribute to the development of their home communities.
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals the opportunity to spend one year in each others' countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program.
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