Pei-Hsuan “Gary” Wang and Swat Xiang, both of the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism in Taiwan, attend last year's reception.

Bulls Notebook: USFSM to host reception for Taiwanese students

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: August 12, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. (Aug. 12, 2016) Eleven Taiwanese students attending classes this fall at USF Sarasota-Manatee will be treated to a reception by faculty and staff next week.

The students, who arrived last month from universities in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, are pursuing certificates in international hospitality management. They’ll be treated to a reception 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at USFSM’s Culinary Innovation Lab, 8130 Main St., in Lakewood Ranch.

In addition to their classes at USFSM’s College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership, the students will intern at local hotels and restaurants this spring to gain practical experience. After receiving their certificates, they’ll return to Taiwan to finish their senior year and graduate.

For many of them, this period of study represents their first time in the United States. The International Certificate Program began in 2013 as a way to broaden USFSM’s ties internationally. Since then, 40 Taiwanese students have gone through the program.

In collaboration with the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership, the Global Engagement Office coordinates the certificate program and works closely with university partners to ensure a positive experience for the students.

Freshman applications now being accepted

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s First Time In College (FTIC) application for admissions is now available for applicants seeking to enroll for fall 2017.

Now is the time when high school seniors should apply for admission and narrow down their final choices for college.

Prospective freshman can find an online application form and other helpful admissions information at

USFSM’s recommended minimums for admission consideration are a weighted academic core Grade Point Average of 3.3 and minimum ACT or SAT score. For the ACT, the minimum qualifying score is 21 on the reading and math portions.

Students taking the new SAT, instituted in March, will need to score at least a 560 on the evidence-based reading and writing portion and a 530 in math.

Students who took the SAT prior to March will need to show at least a 500 in critical reading and a 500 in math to qualify.

There’s a $30 application fee. For more information, visit

To learn about USFSM’s recently announced Bridge to Engineering program in collaboration with the College of Engineering at USF in Tampa, visit

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