Looking for a unique, supportive, diverse college? Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont just might have what you are looking for. Champlain College encompasses a diverse culture, with over 30 undergraduate degrees and countless minors as well as specializations. Students have the opportunity to choose their perfect field of study! Champlain is also proud to say that they are home to 25-30 international students from over 23 different countries.
Education Vermont U.S.A. had the pleasure of sitting down with the the Assistant Director of International Students, Jessa Karki as well as two international students who attend Champlain College, Lavine Oluoch and Zhomart Dairov. Here is what they had to say!
Who are they?
is a one-woman show at the Office of International Education. Jessa goes above and beyond to ensure every international student that steps onto Champlain College’s campus is comfortable and not alone.
is a sophomore Computer and Digital Forensics major from Kenya.
is a senior double major in Finance and Business Administration from Kazakhstan.
When asking Jessa what she thought Champlain College’s signature courses were, she sure had a lot to say! She explained that Champlain College incorporates many practical applications of their majors and really does a good job at preparing students to go straight into the workplace after university.
One of the unique features of Champlain is the Game Studio, which includes majors in Game Design, Game Production Management, Game Art & Animation and Game Programming. These majors are very popular and Champlain is one of the few schools that offers these majors as part of an undergraduate program. Another, stand-out major is Computer Networking & Cybersecurity where students are given the opportunity to work in the “Senator Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation (LCDI)—a fully equipped, state-of-the-art digital forensics laboratory where students engage in leading-edge research and have the opportunity to work with professional digital forensics investigators conducting actual investigations” (Champlain College). Jessa also raved about the innovation of the Graphic Design & Digital Media major as well as the hands-on Teacher Education Program.
Lavine chose Champlain College after Googling “digital forensics” and discovering that the College offered digital forensics as an undergraduate degree. Once she discovered she was going to begin taking digital forensics courses her first semester of college, with their upside down curriculum, it was “very simple to make the decision”.
As for Zhomart, it all began after he read a book by Robert Kiyosaki, called, Why 'A' Students Work for 'C' Students and 'B' Students Work for the Government introducing him to financial literacy. Robert Kiyosaki’s book inspired Zhomart to major in Finance and chose Champlain College as the place to do so. Champlain has a great Finance program and is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) University Affiliate program. Zhomart was also given the opportunity to be a one of five members who participated in the CFA Institute Research Challenge and were winners of the 2017 Vermont challenge.
Describe Champlain College in 5 words or less.
Jessa: “Very unique place, very welcoming and friendly, supportive, fast-paced, and global.”
Jessa then went on to explain how she is responsible for helping students up to a year before their first year of college and until up to three years post-graduation. Champlain College accepts international students like they are “receiving their children”.
Lavine: “Small, cold (lots of snow), and very niche.”
Zhomart: “Very, very, very, very unique.”
Does Champlain College have an International services or study abroad office/ space students can go to?
All three interviewees could say nothing but praise about the Office of International Education (OIE), which houses the Champlain Study Abroad and International Student Services (ISS) departments. The International Students Service office works endlessly with their international students to offer support and guidance through the next four years of their life and beyond. The ISS is not just an office but a community where students go on trips to places of note around Vermont, such as touring the Ben & Jerry’s factory and snow-tubing at the surrounding mountains.
Lavine stated that, “anytime she has a question, Jessa is her point of contact.” Zhomart, who has been with Jessa for almost his whole time at Champlain College, looks to Jessa as his “second mother in the United States” and the “wisest women he knows”. You could see the appreciation he had for the Office of International Student Services and more importantly, the wonder woman who runs it all!
“Champlain College.” Computer & Digital Forensics Major | Undergraduate Degree |Champlain College, www.champlain.edu/computer-forensics/computer-and-digital-forensics-major.