Otero Junior College
Welcome to the International Relations Office

Prospective International Students

International Programs & Services Office: Resources for International Students

At OJC, we are interested in providing students a quality education wrapped in an experience that will last a life time. Through programs, activities and events designed to enhance the student experience, the International Programs & Services Office strives to foster international awareness, understanding and appreciation on the OJC campus and surrounding community while providing crucial support services to our international student population.

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Student Testimonials

This year there are 21 international students on-campus from 13 countries. We asked the students to share their responses to a variety of questions…

What would your advice be future international students coming to study at OJC?

“Talk to current students because they are experienced and can help you through during the semester” – Bilguun Nyamsuren

“Prepare to study and be active in every event because it is a really great experience.” – Bilguun Jargalsaikhan

“I would say, study really hard and get your degree. It is a really nice place to study for those who really want to reach their goal.” – ChaminErdene Natsagdorj

“Study as much as you can, and be involved as much as possible.” – Aigul Kubotabekova

“Do not be scared to ask any question, in your courses or about anything.” – Hamidou Zoungrana

What is the typical classroom environment like?

“I like loud classes like “Public Speaking” because everybody expresses themselves freely and people make close friendships with each other.” – Khulan Batsuri

“Well organized, every exam and assignment are clear (due date and chapters covered). – Otgonbayar Purejav

The classroom environment is well utilized and big, very suitable to study.” Oyuntogtokh Bat-Erdene

“Sometimes quiet, but sometimes not. It depends on the teacher.” – Aziz Arziev

“Nice, small and convenient”. Suvd Sukhdavaa

What was the best event you attended on-campus?

“The Business Shop, I was interested in the lectures.” - Emil Zainabidinou

“International Food Night. It was a beautiful event where I felt that we stood for us. – Oyun-Erdene Tsend

“Halloween because it was my first time and I had a great experience.” – Bayarchimeg Tsolmon

“The International Talent Show.” – Tsatsral Batbold

“The intramural basketball tournament was cool!” – Munkhtushig Bayarbat


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Rochelle Wallace

Questions? Contact:
Rochelle Wallace
Humanities 105
Phone: 719-384-6805
Rochelle.Wallace@ojc.edu 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:

  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Dominican Republic
  • France
  • Gambia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Libya
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam

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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