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International Staff

Meet Our International Staff


Thomas Haynes – Director of International Operations

Thomas Haynes has been involved in international education and higher education management for over 23 years. After ten years as a faculty member and Director of the Modern Language Center at Butler University (Indianapolis, IN), he has served as a higher education Dean and Site Director, and in international student leadership roles. He directs Herzing University’s international efforts, and he works closely with students and affiliate higher education institutions worldwide.

Education:
MA in German – University of Arkansas
BA in Music Education / German – Arkansas Tech University


Matthew Schneider – Manager of International Operations

Matthew Schneider has twelve years’ higher education experience, ten in the Herzing University system. Matthew has served as an Admissions Advisor, Director of Admissions, and Campus Director. Matthew manages Herzing University’s Asia initiatives and works directly with students and affiliate higher education institutions to develop articulation programs, joint programs, and faculty exchanges. He enjoys rugby, hiking, and camping.

Education:
MBA – Herzing University
BS in Business Administration – Herzing University
AAS in Marketing – Moraine Park Technical College


Dr. Xin Liu – Professor

Dr. Xin Tao Liu has been dedicated to USA-China culture exchanges activities in the last ten years, frequently visiting China universities to establish relationships between the two countries. He has served as full-time faculty at our Atlanta campus, contributing to his deep understanding of international students’ needs and goals. He is a native of Shangdong province in China, and he has lived in the United States for the past 32 years.

Education:
PhD in Physics – University of Tennessee
MA in Nuclear Physics – Jilin University (China)
BS in Physics – Jilin University (China)


Bryan Lutzke – International Student Advisor

Bryan Lutzke has served in many roles during his five years at Herzing University. His current role is to assist international students with our admissions process and successfully start their academic programs. He also works closely with affiliate higher education institutions to insure smooth transitions for students. Bryan has traveled extensively to Bolivia, Peru, Australia, Canada, Mexico, India, and Nepal, which has provided him with experience and a much larger appreciation of today’s global society. When not at Herzing University, you can find him on the golf course or running the many trails the city has to offer.

Education:
BA in Communications / Minor in Geography - University of Wisconsin – Whitewater


Chen Mi – International Student Ambassador

Chen Mi was an undergraduate student…. She came to American in September 2012 to study business management at Herzing University and graduated in April 2014. Chen is currently enrolled in our MBABM program and is a part-time International Student Ambassador at our Atlanta campus, working..." 

Education:
April 2015 Candidate for MBA in Business Management - Herzing University
April 2014 BS in Business Management - Herzing University
AAS in Business English - Shazhou Institute of Technology (China)

International

Welcome International Students!

Herzing University is a private American university offering degrees worldwide at campuses throughout the United States and through our online programs. We offer expert faculty, contemporary course content, and a global educational perspective.

The United States is recognized as having the most distinguished university degree system in the world. As part of that system, Herzing University offers degree programs that help students:

  • Grow intellectually
  • Develop personally
  • Think analytically
  • Communicate effectively
  • Achieve career goals and personal goals

Herzing University offers a wide variety of convenient, flexible, career-focused undergraduate and graduate degree programs. We deliver our innovative programs on-campus and online in a caring, supportive environment that fosters both academic and professional success.

Our international students are valued members of the Herzing University family, and we are committed to assist you every step of the way as you pursue your U.S. degree and your career goals. In our supportive community of faculty, staff, and fellow students, your success is our success.

International Student Resources

Programs

At Herzing University, our career-focused approach to education helps us keep our curriculum current to maximize your knowledge and success. Our Advisory Board of industry leaders provides input on new and developing trends, which we then integrate into our programs. This ensures that our students are gaining the knowledge and skills that are most immediately relevant in their professional fields.

We offer:

  • Over 50 undergraduate programs in business, technology, design, healthcare, and public safety
  • Herzing University’s Master of Business Administration degree offers seven different available concentrations
  • A combined program where students can earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just four years of study

By the Numbers

Alumni: 40,000
Students: 6,000
Year Founded: 1965
Faculty: 625
Student:Faculty Ratio: 18:1 Average
Campus Locations: 11

Accreditation

In the United States, regional accreditation is a prestigious institutional accreditation available to universities. Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Through this regional accreditation, Herzing University is authorized to offer programs to international students. Herzing University also has programmatic accreditation in various specific degree programs.

Technology Requirements

Software and Minimum Technology Requirements

Students may be scheduled to take courses online or in a hybrid format, and some courses will be using electronic textbooks (eBooks); therefore the following are minimum computer system requirements for both PC and Mac users who are taking courses online or using eBooks. Students enrolled in the medical assisting, nursing, graphic design, or technology programs have additional requirements.

PC Users (Online Students):

  • Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (presently not Windows 8 RT) Operating System
  • A minimum of a 2048 Megabytes (2 GB) of Internal Memory
  • A minimum of a 1.5 Gigahertz (1500 MHz) Processor
  • A minimum of 15 Gigabytes (15 GB) free storage/hard drive space
  • At least a dial-up speed internet connection (broadband strongly recommended)
  • Internet Explorer 8 or higher or Firefox (Firefox is freeware, downloadable from the web)
  • Monitor resolution 1280 x 800
  • CD/DVD reading drive

Mac Users (Online Students):

  • A 32 or 64 bit Intel-based Apple Macintosh with Windows Boot Capability
  • Boot Camp or Parallels (program required to run Windows on MAC)
  • MAC OS X 10.5.7 or higher
  • 2.0 Gigabytes (2 GB) of RAM
  • 20 Gigabytes (20 GB) free storage/hard drive space
  • At least a dial-up speed internet connection (broadband strongly recommended)
  • Safari 4 or Firefox
  • Monitor resolution 1280 x 800
  • CD/DVD reading drive

Additional Requirements for eBooks (Online and Ground Students):

  • Software Requirements:  Windows users are required to install Microsoft .NET 3.5 SP1
    and .NET 4.0

Additional Requirements for Graphic Design Students (Online and Ground Students):

All students will be provided with a student version of Adobe Creative Cloud (replaces Adobe Creative Suite as of July 2014).

  • Students will receive information about the current Adobe applications from their instructor
  • Flatbed scanner  600 dpi x 600 dpi; size 8.5" x 11"
  • Digital Camera with manual white balance, semi-automatic (minimum) or manual (preferred)
  • 30 Gigabytes (30 GB) storage/free hard drive space
  • 512 Megabyte (512 MB) video card
  • CD/DVD burner highly recommended
  • 200 Gigabyte external hard drive highly recommended

Additional Requirements for Medical Assisting and Nursing Program Students (Online and Ground Students):

Students will need access to a scanner to upload timesheets and other course material signed off by a clinical site designee and /or proctor.

Additional Requirements for Technology Students (Online Students):

Mac users will not be able to use Oracle 11g (no 11g release for Mac).  Student using a Mac in their technology courses will need to use a PC for Oracle 11g or use 10g Release 2 for the Mac.

  • A PC is strongly recommended for technology courses

Note: Technology requirements can be accessed on the Herzing Website at
http://www.herzingonline.edu/admissions/technology-requirements. Students taking courses online should have a technology back up plan in case their normal technology is not operable for a period of time.

Microsoft Office Install

It is very important that the following guidelines are used prior to and during the installation of Microsoft Office 2007:

Install Microsoft Office 2007 (1-page PDF)

If you have any problems installing the Microsoft Office 2007, please contact tech support at: 1-866-508-0748 x656. If you receive a voicemail, please leave your name, student number, phone number, and the issue.

Please note that Herzing University or Herzing University Online is not responsible for any damage that may occur to any student’s computer to include but not limited to, hardware, software, file directory or file contents as a result of student’s installing software or not having the appropriate hardware configurations for such installation.

Online - Admissions International Students

Welcome International Students!

Earn your U.S. degree without putting your life on hold.

At Herzing University, we are passionate about educating professionals worldwide with the skills that provide you with new opportunities for career advancement. Herzing University Online was created to provide busy professionals the flexibility of completing your degree online and on your schedule!

Herzing University is committed to provide a career-focused, convenient and caring education that fosters student success both academically and professionally. For our international students, this means that we treat you as part of the Herzing family, and we help you step-by-step in your journey with us to earn your U.S. degree and realize your career goals.

Why earn your U.S. degree online?

According to an extensive 2009 study by the U.S. Department of Education:

“Students who took all or part of their class online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through traditional face-to-face instruction.”

Enjoy maximum flexibility

Studying for a U.S. degree online can provide you with additional flexibility without sacrificing quality. Busy professionals may not have the luxury of abandoning their job or family to pursue a degree at a traditional campus. Online learning is an excellent solution. To better understand how Herzing’s online courses work, see our Online FAQ’s.

Study in the U.S.

You can also study in the U.S. at one of our select campuses.

Every year, more students choose to earn their U.S. degree by combining online programs with traditional campus-based programs. This is called hybrid learning. At Herzing University Online, hybrid learning may be done in two ways:

  • Combine your Herzing University Online courses with study at one of Herzing’s traditional campuses in the U.S. – The Herzing Online curriculum is designed to be fully integrated with curriculum at other Herzing University campuses, so credits will transfer seamlessly.
  • Combine your Herzing University Online courses with study at a local university in your country – Herzing is open to collaborative study programs with qualified universities around the world. Note that accreditation requirements and degree recognition may differ by country and by university. If you plan to study at a local university, our team may assist you to evaluate if recognition of course credits would be possible.

International Students

Earn Your Degree from Herzing University

At Herzing, we are passionate about helping professionals worldwide realize their dream of a college degree. Whether you choose to earn your degree at one of our 11 U.S. locations or with our esteemed online programs, we’ll provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to achieve the educational credentials you desire.

International Admissions Requirements

An I-20 document is required, and will be issued once you meet the University’s general undergraduate admissions requirements and provide the following information:

  1. A certified copy of your high school and college transcripts evaluated by a transcript evaluation service approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). All documents, diplomas, and transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  2. ACT/SAT scores or transcripts from post-secondary coursework applicable for placement into the intended program. This document will replace entrance exams, which Herzing University does not administer beyond the U.S. and Canada. You may also be required to pay for a professional evaluation of your transcripts.
  3. A notarized statement of financial support or a certified government sponsor letter indicating that tuition will be paid in advance of each term (tuition for the first two semesters is due upon enrollment), and that all necessary living expenses will be provided. (Use form I-134 available online from the BCIS.)
  4. Proof of English-language proficiency through one of the following:
    • A score of 500 or higher on the paper-based TOEFL.
    • A score of 173 or higher on the computer-based TOEFL.
    • A score of 61 or higher on the internet-based TOEFL.
    • A score of 5.0 or higher on the IELTS.
    • Documentation that you successfully completed an intermediate English course from a designated ESL center.
    • Documentation that you successfully completed secondary studies in English (a minimum of four years) or post-secondary studies in English (a minimum of 12 semester hours).

Student Visas

A student visa is only required if you choose to apply to one of our U.S. campus locations. You do not need to apply for a student visa if you complete your Herzing studies 100 percent online from your home country:

  • You may apply for a visa yourself or contact an authorized international agent to assist you in the process.
  • We have signed agreements with international agents worldwide. Contact an admissions advisor to check for an agent in your country.

To learn more about how you can apply as an international student, please contact Matthew Schneider at +011-414-908-0276 or email internationalstudents@herzing.edu.

Herzing University is authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to accept and enroll non-immigrant students.

Advantages for International Students

Why Should You Choose Herzing University?

Here are some of the many reasons that international students choose Herzing University.

A High-Quality Education

The United States is recognized as having the most distinguished university system in the world. As part of that system, Herzing University has programs and courses that feature the current and future knowledge and skills employers look for in university graduates. Our expert faculty members are leaders in their fields.

We pride ourselves on giving individual attention to our students through our 18:1 average student-to-professor ratio in our classrooms. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report—a news publisher known for its authoritative educational rankings—recognized Herzing University in 2014 for having one of the “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” in the United States.

An Authentic American Experience

All Herzing University classes are integrated and include a variety of students from the United States and around the globe. International students and U.S. students learn, collaborate, and study together in every class.

International students learn about American education and culture, and importantly, American students and faculty enhance their global knowledge and perspectives by sharing experiences with international students. Students say that these relationships formed at Herzing University are often the most valuable, both in the classroom and throughout their careers.

Cultural Support for You and Peace of Mind for Your Family

At Herzing University, we understand that international students need support when they move to the U.S. Herzing University professionals in student services can help in a variety of areas such as dietary, religious, or other cultural needs. We can also help you find the place you’ll call home during your stay at Herzing University.

All international students will be connected with an on-campus Herzing University ambassador—a knowledgeable, accessible person who can provide one-on-one assistance with any questions, concerns, or needs you might have. You’ll have peace of mind, and so will your family back home.

We’re Focused on Your Success

At Herzing University, we’re not just interested in enrolling you as a student. From the day you arrive to the day you graduate, we help you succeed. Whatever you need, help is just a phone call or an email away.

Whether it’s assistance with time management, a personal issue, or a difficult course, Herzing University’s dedicated faculty and staff will provide the individual attention you need to overcome any obstacles and get back on the road to success.

An Education Experience that is Personal

Herzing University’s supportive, personalized approach to education ensures that all Herzing University students have the tools and assistance they need to maximize their educational and career success. Herzing University’s leadership, faculty, and staff will get to know you as an individual. At Herzing University you will feel like a valued member of our learning community, not like a number.

Complete Your Degree in Three Years or Earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Four Years

While most U.S. universities have a two semester academic year, Herzing University has a three semester academic year. So, if you’d like to accelerate your bachelor’s degree completion to pursue your career or to save a year of U.S. living expenses, you can earn your degree in three years instead of four. Or, to help you take maximum advantage of your available study time in the U.S., Herzing University also offers an accelerated program where you can earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in four years total.

Gain Practical Work Experience Through OPT

Optional Practical Training [OPT] is U.S. work experience that Herzing University international students with F-1 status can gain for up to one year after completing their degrees, through the permission of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. If you are approved for this program, you can extend your student visa for one year while you gain valuable U.S. work experience.

Simple, Facilitated Admissions Process and Online Enrollment

At Herzing University, our admissions process is completed entirely online. The process is simple, and each international student is matched with a personal advisor for step-by-step assistance in submitting online all required documentation and information, including transcripts and diplomas. Once you are accepted into Herzing University, enrollment in your courses is also entirely online for maximum convenience.

Fast Acceptance and Three Start Dates Per Year

At Herzing University, we typically provide acceptance decisions within one week of receiving all required application materials.  Most other U.S. universities take much longer.  We also have three start dates each year for students to begin their Herzing University programs in the U.S. This helps students begin their studies in the U.S. as soon as possible.

Favorable Tuition and Fees

In the U.S., in-state tuition is the best available tuition rate. This is the tuition that a U.S. citizen residing in a given state pays to attend universities located in that state.

Herzing University’s tuition is very competitive, and it compares favorably to U.S. in-state tuition rates. This often makes Herzing University’s competitive tuition rate even more affordable than schools offering scholarships.

Frequently Asked Questions by International Students

Is Herzing University the right university for me or my student?

We believe that Herzing University is right for you or your student, and we’re excited to welcome you into the Herzing University family. Herzing University advantages include:

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (www.ncahlc.org); in the United States, regional accreditation is a prestigious institutional accreditation that is awarded to universities that abide by stringent guidelines
  • Programmatic accreditation in various specific degree programs
  • High-quality degree programs providing knowledge and skills that employers want
  • Simple, facilitated admissions process with notification of admission decision within 7 days
  • Step-by-step assistance with the U.S. education visa application process and requirements
  • Personalized attention and individualized support from Herzing University leadership, faculty, and staff
  • Cultural support and one-on-one assistance from a Herzing University international student ambassador
  • Practical, hands-on learning through Optional Practical Training [OPT] internships
  • Accelerated degree programs: earn a Bachelor’s degree in just 3 years or a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in 4 years
  • 11 campus locations and complete online programs
  • Recognized by U.S. News & World Report—a news publisher known for its authoritative educational rankings—in 2014 as one of the “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” in the U.S.

Is it expensive to attend Herzing University?

No. When evaluating universities and colleges in the U.S., it is important to review the tuition structure. In the U.S., in-state tuition is the best available tuition rate. This is the tuition that a U.S. citizen residing in a given state pays to attend universities located in that state.

Herzing University’s tuition is very competitive and compares favorably to U.S. in-state tuition rates. This often makes Herzing University’s competitive tuition rate even more affordable than universities offering scholarships. And our tuition for international students is the same as our tuition for U.S. students; most U.S. universities charge much higher tuition rates for their international students.

Besides tuition, what other costs must I consider?

You’ll need to consider housing costs and personal expenses such as health insurance, a laptop computer, food, clothing, travel and transportation, mobile phone, entertainment, etc. These costs will vary by individual.

And while most U.S. universities have a two semester academic year, Herzing has a three semester academic year. So if you’d like to accelerate your Bachelor’s degree completion to save a year of U.S. living expenses, you can earn your undergraduate degree in three years instead of four.

Or if you prefer, to help you take maximum advantage of your available study time in the U.S. while minimizing costs, Herzing also offers an accelerated program where you can earn both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in four years total. You can also earn a Master’s degree only in as few as 16 months.

What is the annual cost to live in the U.S.?

Herzing University estimates that the annual cost is:

Housing $3,600 – $6,200
Food $2,400 – $3,600
Transportation $600 – $1,200
Health Insurance $500 – $1,000
Other Expenses $2,400 – $3,000
Estimated Annual Total $9,500 – $15,000

Note: the average cost of international airfare to a Herzing University U.S. campus is $700 – $1,200.

Is a U.S. visa difficult to obtain?

If you follow the established process, obtaining an F-1 student visa is not as difficult as you might think. And at Herzing University, we’re here to assist every step of the way. The vast majority of our qualified international students receive an F-1 student visa.

The staff at Herzing University is very familiar with the U.S. government F-1 visa process. We meet regularly with the consular officers. They know us personally and recognize that our students are high-quality, qualified F-1 applicants.

We assist our students in critical areas of the visa process such as demonstrating the intent to return to a home country upon study completion; the ability to finance school, transportation, and living expenses; and English language capability at a sufficiently high level for student success.For complete details, please refer to the visa instructions in your packet.

Do you have dormitories?

No. We have considered it, but our students overwhelmingly prefer apartments (flats). Apartments are nicer, larger, less expensive, and allow students to cook their own food. Apartments also provide a more authentic American living experience than dormitories do. Additionally, apartments are a nicer place to live during American holidays when students vacate the dormitories.

What kind of support system is available to me as a student?

Herzing University offers broad support in a wide variety of areas including academic and student services, housing, transportation, and medical and insurance support.

Additionally, once international students are accepted for enrollment—even prior to arrival in the U.S.—they are paired with a Herzing University on-campus, international student ambassador. The student ambassador is a knowledgeable, accessible Herzing University person who will provide one-on-one assistance with any questions, concerns, or needs you might have. The ambassador is just a call, text, or email away, from the time you are accepted at Herzing University to the moment you graduate. So you’ll have peace of mind, and so will your family back home.

How do I decide which Herzing University campus is right for me?

All Herzing University campuses have the same credentials for academic excellence, so you should choose a campus that offers the program you want to study and fits your preferences for lifestyle, geographic location, and climate. Our Herzing University advisors will work closely with you to help find the campus that is just right for you.

Is Herzing University’s smaller campus size right for me?

Yes, if you are looking for a more personal educational experience. Herzing University’s supportive, personalized approach to education ensures that all Herzing University students have access to the tools and assistance they need to maximize their educational and career success. We pride ourselves on this approach. Herzing University’s leadership, faculty, and staff will get to know you as an individual. This is very different from the experience at a large state university where you may feel like you are just a number. At Herzing University, you will feel like a valued member of our learning community; many students say they feel like they are part of a family at Herzing.

How do I get health insurance in the U.S.?

Herzing University coordinates with leading U.S. health insurance providers. A variety of plans are available for students to purchase, and the plans cover most major medical expenses after any deductible or co-payment requirements have been met. We recommend that you review the available plans in detail to ensure that you select the best plan for your individual health situation.

Gamasutra, the game development industry’s informant, conducts themed design challenges. This month, Josh Douglas, a Herzing Madison Game Development Student, was recognized as having one of the top 5 submissions to the competition. It is an honor to be selected, as the competition is open for all levels of entries, from game enthusiast to development professional. There are hundreds of entries, both domestic and international, that are submitted to the competition.

Josh’s game design, “The Quest for the Dinosaur Overlord,” satisfied the rules of the contest by developing a game based around the concept of having no humans or human involvement within the game itself. This is based on NASA’s announcement of having recently discovered more than 700 new planets. The game takes place on a far off planet run by dinosaurs beset with political intrigue. The player fights, campaigns, and buys their way to the top. Strategies include using public vote, causing unrest, or just plain eating the opponents. The player's goal is to work their way up the political ladder… to become the dinosaur overlord. For a unique design twist, all assets and items in the game have the appearance of being cut out of cardboard.

For more information, and a complete overview of the competition, please see the link:  http://gamecareerguide.com/features/1300/results_from_game_design_.php You can see notes about Josh's entry at: http://gamecareerguide.com/features/1300/results_from_game_design_.php?page=5.

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