Mission Statement

The mission of the International Center at the University of Michigan-Flint is to provide services and educational opportunities that promote international perspectives and experiences for the campus and surrounding community.  We are committed to building, supporting, and sustaining a culture of global inclusion through intercultural understanding.

Contact the International Center

Email: International.Flint@umich.edu
Phone: +1 (810) 762-0867
Fax: +1 (810) 762-0006

Mail: 219 University Center | 303 East Kearsley St. Flint, Michigan 48502

Connect with us!
Whatsapp: +1 (810) 410-5375 8am-5pm EST Mon-Fri

STAFF

Phone:
(810)762-0867
Email:
taik@umich.edu
International Center

Tai Kim

Associate Director

Tai is incredibly privileged to bring bright international students to the University of Michigan – Flint which has had a tremendously positive influence in his family’s life.  His wife and mother-in-law graduated from this exceptional university and have successful careers in the healthcare field.  His kids, when they were babies, were safely nurtured at the Early Childhood Development Center on campus and even received a diploma with a UM-Flint logo on when they graduated from their Kindergarten as part of the Great Expectations Program through ECDC.

Tai graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in German and received an MBA from Purdue University.  He is an audiophile and a dedicated fan of classical music, and when he studied in Hannover, Germany, he was fortunate enough to do a consulting project with Sennheiser, the world-renowned German audio company that manufactures Hi-Fi headphones and microphones.

He believes that UM-Flint has an outstanding combination of the resources of the world-class University of Michigan, small classes taught by exceptional professors who make learning fun and exciting, and amazing opportunities for hands-on and engaged learning.  He also believes that the international students on campus greatly contribute to this university being a truly vibrant place for fostering intercultural understanding and collaboration.

Phone:
(810)762-0867
Email:
juliecoe@umich.edu
International Center

Julie Coe

Interim Assistant Director

Julie’s journey with second language acquisition dates back to her childhood and her exposure to the Spanish language; however, it wasn’t until she studied and lived abroad did she come to the realization of the complex challenges of living in a bilingual and bicultural home. This personal experience led her to her chosen professional path.

Julie is grateful that her talent, passion, education, and experience has led her to her role in the International Center. The favorite aspects of her position is interaction with students. She strives to provide an engaging, challenging, and dynamic learning environment and culture for students as they are faced with language acquisition and cultural adaptation. Julie is a strong advocate of creativity and promotes an innovative culture. 

Outside of work, Julie enjoys being active with her son. Together, they have adventures, travel, visit with family and friends, and enjoy being in the moment. She indulges in her creativity in photography, gardening, mindfulness techniques, and exploring eastern philosophies. Julie also appreciates a good sense of humor!

Phone:
(810)762-0867
Email:
kitaylor@umich.edu
International Center

Kimberly Butka

International Student Services and Scholar Manager

Kimberly enjoys her work with students and helping them to become well rounded indivduals.  She joined the University in 2005 in Undergraduate Admissions.  During her time there she processed and evaluated International Student applications and was given the opportunity to become a “DSO” Designated School Official. She has worked with several different departments on campus including Undergraduate Admissions, International Center, Housing and Residential Life and Financial Aid.  Kimberly has a BA in History from Monmouth College and a MA in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University.  Kimberly’s duties include Immigration advising for student and scholars, updating student records, orientation preparation, and programming for the International Student population.  Kimberly enjoys what she does because the work is challenging and different every day.  She enjoys working with the students to help them learn and navigate the US higher education system.

Phone:
(810)762-0867
Email:
lalqafsh@umich.edu
International Center

Lamis  Alqafshat

Admissions and Marketing Coordinator

Lamis used to be an International Student Ambassador. She came to Michigan in 2013 to get her degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS). She served as the Vice President of the Saudi Student Club. She enjoys meeting new people and learn about different cultures which encouraged her to work on Immigrant U project.  Lamis speaks Arabic and English. She also loves traveling, exploring and going on adventures. She believes that experience is what makes you grow up, that's why she decided to work at the International Center to encourage prospective students to have the experience and enjoy it as she did!

INTERNATIONAL AMBASSADORS

INTERNATIONAL CENTER

BETTY AGO AGYEI

International Student Ambassador

BETTY AGO AGYEI is from Ghana, West Africa. She is a graduate student at UM-Flint pursuing Masters in
Public Administration. Betty seeks to be a health facility analysist, she enjoys meeting new people, loves
to help and work around others and making them feel warm around her. She loves country music,
singing and learning more about other countries. The community of UM-Flint is vibrant, inclusive and
interactive, that is why I chose UM-Flint, she said.

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Nickxit Bhardwaj

International Student Ambassador

Home Country: India
Languages: Pahari(Kangri dialect), Hindi, Urdu,Sanskrit, Punjabi, English, German.

Nickxit Bhardwaj is an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Sciences and taking courses in Music. He is from Palampur, Himachal Pradesh (H.P), India. Nick is an artist and loves to play music, especially flamenco guitar around downtown and adjoining areas. He likes to meet and greet new students and people in the town and help his best to make them connected with the campus community.  He is part of the diverse campus community and an active member/officer of several organizations and clubs like Theta Chi Fraternity, Student Government, ACM. Michigan reminds him a lot about Himalayas back home while friends and community continue to make UM-Flint an amazing experience.

INTERNATIONAL CENTER

Nathan Cornelio

International Student Ambassador

Nathan was born and raised in Dubai, U.A.E. with his roots being traditionally Indian. Moving to UM-Flint was a spur of the moment decision yet it was one decision he would make in a heartbeat. Apart from living the life of an international student 24/7 and journeying through the planes of Biochemistry, Nathan feels the community has accepted him as one of their own and has inspired him to actively take part in and be a part of various organizations such as Theta Chi Fraternity and Intervarsity (to name a few). Nathan feels that you won’t make friends coming to this campus, you will make family.

International Center

Alyssia Washington

International Student Ambassador

As a Flint Michigan Native & the only American-Born International Student Ambassador, Alyssia is always happy to show new students her hometown and state of Michigan. As a junior Political Science Major, with a minor in International Relations she has aspirations to go into either domestic politics or Foreign Policy as a United States Diplomat. 

 

Alyssia has previously tutored English as a Second Language (ESL) to immigrant & refugee children for the GISD, and was a Spanish tutor at MCC. She current Vice President of the International Student Organization at U of M-Flint. She is conversational in Spanish & is also learning Japanese and wants to travel the world. She can play piano, loves art & is also well known for wearing colorful flowers in her big curly hair. 

 

Stop by the International Center to say "hi!" to Alyssia!  She loves meeting new students!