Office of International Student Services

A Message From the Director

Dear Prospective HPU Panther:

On this website you will find many reasons to consider High Point University for your college experience.  I encourage you to take some time to consider the outstanding qualities of our academic programs, our beautiful campus, and our unrivaled student support services.  I could go on and extol those virtues, but I want to speak directly to one aspect of selecting a college or university that is close to my own heart.

As a parent of three college students, (one of whom is a sophomore at HPU!) I have realized the importance of a secure physical environment in an academic climate that nurtures intellectual growth and creativity.  As the Director of International Student Affairs and English as a Second Language, I aim to ensure that the international students who choose to make HPU their home will thrive in such an environment.  We have a beautiful, safe campus as well as a caring, dynamic faculty who provide an atmosphere that fosters learning and exploration.  My office is here to give support and guidance in respect to the unique needs of international students – whether it be assistance in navigating immigration issues or advice about obtaining a driver’s license – and I take that role very seriously.  Working with international students has been a passion of mine for many years, and I am committed to making HPU the most welcoming and caring place that it can be for students who are far from home. I tell students “I am here for you,” and I don’t say that lightly.  I mean it.

For those of you who may not be familiar with the United States, one thing that you will learn is that Southerners are known for our hospitality.  As children we are taught that when “company” comes, we are to be on our best behavior, and to do anything that we can to see that our guests are made to feel not like guests, but like they are at home.  I aim to provide our international students with that home-like environment.

I realize that not all international students will need much special attention; some will navigate their years at HPU without ever calling on my office to provide support.  However, there should be some level of assurance in knowing that if you need help, my office is here for you.  Parents of students studying abroad can rest assured that they, too, can reach out to my office if need be. As I said, I am a parent too. I have asked myself how I would want my own children to be treated if they were studying in another country.  The truth is, I would want to know that there is at least one person who would care for my children like they care for their own, and who will see them not just as “students” but as unique, interesting people in need of compassion, empathy, support, and guidance. I see that as my role – to be that person for HPU’s international population.

I welcome any questions that you might have as you navigate the process of selecting a college or university, and I hope that you will decide to make High Point University your home-away-from-home.




Dr. Marjorie Church, Director


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