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Partners in Cross-Cultural Learning (PICL) Peers Program


A Cultural Experience, A Learning Experience - An Authentic Experience!

PICL is a unique program that establishes partnerships between international students and U.S. students at SUNY Plattsburgh. The program allows for the PICL peers to enrich their understandings of each other’s cultures and to explore the surrounding community.

Goals of the Program

  • Develop deeper appreciation of at least one other culture through sharing personal experience and social activities.
  • Connect and bridge the gap between the international and domestic student communities.
  • Ease the transition of new international students to SUNY Plattsburgh and the surrounding community.
"PICL Peers Program aims to bridge the gaps between the international student and U.S. student communities."

How Does PICL Peers Work?

All students are invited to join the PICL Peers Program.

Those who wish to participate fill out a “PICL Peer Information Form” which provides the Global Education Office with details about individuals’ backgrounds, interests, and preferences so that we can make the best partnerships.

PICL Peers will meet and get to know each other at PICL events, which are typically once per month.

Beyond the scheduled events, PICL Peers can exchange personal contact information and find mutually convenient times to grab meals, attend on-campus events together- anything they decide!

Why Should I Become a PICL Peer?

No matter who you are or where you come from, you can gain new perspective from getting to know someone whose cultural background is different from yours.

As equal partners in a social learning process, your peer relationship will allow for cultural exchange and companionship, and you may develop a lifelong friendship!

"Our goal is to make the culture of SUNY Plattsburgh one of awareness, acceptance, appreciation, and understanding."

How Do I Participate?

Complete the PICL Peers Information Form

Attention Community Members: If you are looking for information on the original PICL community partner program, please email [email protected]

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