International exchange students experience U.S. through
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|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
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.
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
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
“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
Camilleri said he liked K-State because it had a good
football program and a good college-town environment.
got that ‘together’ sort of spirit,” he said. “Everyone wants to help you
|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
Erdem Arinc Bulgur, a mechanical engineering student from
Turkey, said, “The school is like a family, really."
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.
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
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 www.k-state.com/familyfunday15
. Registration also will be
available at the event.