International exchange students experience U.S. through K-State 

K-State Alumni Communications

Tom Camilleri, an exchange student from Australia majoring in finance and economics, poses with Erdem Arinc Bulgur, a mechanical engineering student from Turkey, at a recent international exchange student event. (Photo: Ashley Pauls)

Through Kansas State University’s study abroad program, students are able to travel all across the world and learn in other countries. International students also are able to come to the United States, joining the diverse Wildcat family.

According to study abroad adviser Doug MacMillan, K-State is hosting 71 international exchange students, who are classified as students who are studying for a semester or a year and are not degree-seeking. The experience gives them a chance to learn about a new culture and network with other students from across the globe.

“It’s fantastic. It’s definitely a family,” said Dan Millham, a history student from England. “The people are so friendly.” 

During International Student Orientation Week, the university hosted a luncheon for international students Aug. 18 on campus. Although the students hadn’t been at K-State for very long, they said they were already impressed with what the university had to offer.

Tom Camilleri, an exchange student from Australia majoring in finance and economics, said he wanted to come to K-State to get a different kind of college experience. In Australia, students tend to go to class and then go straight home. 

“I just wanted a big change, to experience that in my last year of university,” he said.

Millham added, “It’s a proper American university. It’s what you think of when you think of an American university.”

Camilleri said he liked K-State because it had a good football program and a good college-town environment. 

“Everyone’s got that ‘together’ sort of spirit,” he said. “Everyone wants to help you out.”

Students mingle during a luncheon for international students Aug. 18 at Kansas State University. (Photo: Ashley Pauls)
Da Young of South Korea came to study apparel and textiles, and Katarina Szentkeresztiova came from Slovakia to study aviation at the university’s Salina campus. Both said they were excited to spend time at K-State. 

“So far it’s really amazing,” Szentkeresztiova said. “It’s a really friendly atmosphere.”

Erdem Arinc Bulgur, a mechanical engineering student from Turkey, said, “The school is like a family, really." 

Adjoa Nyaneba, who lives in the United Kingdom and studied business management at K-State from 2012-2013, looks back fondly on her time as a Wildcat. Although she said she had not heard of the state of Kansas and was skeptical about coming to a small town, she ended up having a great experience and made several lifelong friends. 

She encourages other international students to make the most of their K-State experience.

"I would recommend K-State to other students simply because I sincerely loved everything about this university and Manhattan," Nyaneba said. "International students are treated so well. I was well looked after, and honestly never lacked anything. The people there have to be some of the nicest people I have ever met in my life, the quality of education was excellent, and the professors were super helpful. There was an incredible school spirit that immediately made you feel welcomed and involved. I’ll always be a Wildcat."

 International Student and Family Fun Day

The K-State Alumni Association welcomes international students to campus with the annual International Student and Family Fun Day on Sunday, Oct. 18. If you know an international student, encourage him or her to sign up for the event, which will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the K-State Alumni Center and will include food and fun for all ages. Special guests will include Mike Dibbini, K-State's first women's soccer coach. For additional chances to win prizes, preregister online at Registration also will be available at the event. 

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