International Student Support Services
The Culture of Carroll
Students from around the world choose to come to Carroll College because of the many wonderful opportunities available here. We encourage you to get involved in as many activities as possible, to fully immerse yourself in the Culture of Carroll!
Carroll is a Catholic, diocesan, residential college with a strong mission to serve others. We are located in the majestic Rocky Mountain West, between Yellowstone and Glacier National parks. Helena has recently been ranked as the "Most Affordable College Town in America" and is also known as "The Best Little Art Town in America."
While you are here, be sure to get involved:
- Embrace the great outdoors! Want to try skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, hiking, kayaking -- or many of the other great outdoor opportunities in Big Sky Country? Go with Carroll Adventure and Mountaineering Program (CAMP).
- Discover the culture of our faith - attend Mass, go on retreat, or participate in small groups with your Peer Minister or join VIA and COR.
- There are many student activities and organizations on campus. Join a student club, such as Intercultural Students Network, Carroll Outreach Team, or Engineers Without Borders (among many others listed at this link).
- Join the many Carroll students who volunteer or participate in community service projects.
- Helena is "The Best Little Art Town in America" - attend a play at the Carroll Theater or Grandstreet, visit the world-renowned Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, go to the Symphony or hear a great concert at the Myrna Loy or from one of Carroll's many musical ensembles.
Who to Contact for Help
- Michelle Lewis can answer questions about your visa status, travel restrictions, and possibility for employment.
- Cheri Long can provide academic and cross-cultural advising, provide linen kits for exchange students, and match you with a friendship family.
- Joyce Lui can connect you with other students who are interested in cultural exchange, through the Intercultural Students Network.
- Your CA (Community Advisor) can help with questions about your dorm room, residence hall, roommates, etc.
- Your Peer Minister is available to help you with questions of faith, values, community participation, etc.
- Emily Weideman will help you to arrange to stay in the residence hall over holidays, use the kitchen facilities in St. Charles Hall, and other community living needs.
- Kennedy Bahm is the student body president, and can respond to any concerns you have about the student experience here at Carroll College.
You are invited! During your first week at Carroll College, you will be invited to attend a Welcome Dinner, hosted by the office of International Student Support Services and the Study Abroad office. This evening event will take place in Trinity Lounge, where you will meet other international students who have been at Carroll College for a while, other Carroll College students who have recently participated in a study or service abroad program, the Global Ambassadors you met during orientation week, and various supportive faculty and staff members who are eager to meet you and welcome you to our campus community. This informal evening of fun and conversation is a great way to kick off your semester and meet a lot of people who are interested to know you. Please come.
Friendship Families are available to all international students. These families will welcome you to their homes for family time, games, meals, etc. Some families will invite you to local events and to participate in some families activities. If you are interested in being paired with a Helena Friendship Family, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yellowstone National Park Adventure
This annual excursion takes place in mid-September (dates to be announced) and is available to all international students, their roommates, and friends. Led by the International Student Advisor and her husband, who worked inside Yellowstone National Park, year-round, for seven years. We leave campus early in the morning on a Saturday, and drive 3-4 hours to the park entrance in Gardiner. A picnic lunch just inside the park is followed by a dip in the “Boiling River” - a natural hot spring! We will visit Mammoth Hot Springs and other Yellowstone visitor sites, while watching for wildlife (including elk, bear, moose, bison, wolves, etc.). We will exit the park into West Yellowstone, where we will enjoy a night of “indoor camping” at the Yellowstone Studies Center (we provide the sleeping bags) and a meal at a local restaurant. On Sunday morning, we cook our own breakfast at the Yellowstone Studies Center before heading back into the national park where we visit Old Faithful Geyser and take a hike through the geyser basins. After a picnic lunch we will drive home via the western route, to make sure you see as much of the countryside as possible on this two-day excursion.Space is limited, so sign up early! Excursion Fee: $250 (covers transportation, lodging, all meals and entry fee into Yellowstone for two days).