Snow College Welcomes New International Students

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Moise Kayembe, Chang Wong, and Alex Abalisa killing time at the Global Engagement Center. Photo by McCall Voigt

Moise Kayembe, Chang Wong, and Alex Abalisa killing time at the Global Engagement Center. Photo by McCall Voigt

Snow College continues to become more diverse by welcoming international students from two countries that have never been enrolled at Snow College before. The success of international students at Snow College has been astounding.

Sam Heikinen, director of the Center for Global Engagement said, “We’re in our sixth consecutive semester of welcoming one or more new countries to Snow College. This January we welcomed our first ever students from India and Burma.”

Soe Pa Pa Khaing is a new international student from Burma (Myanmar). When asked what she thinks about Snow College so far, she responded, “To tell the truth Snow College is small, but I like it. The buildings are beautiful. I like the weather here and the silence of this city.” Soe Pa Pa is looking forward to experiencing everything as a new student.

Fustel Mwamba arrived at Snow College this past October from the Democratic Republic of Congo. When asked about Snow College, he said, “Snow College is a good place to study. It is located in a quiet area which enables students to focus on their studies. It has excellent teachers, nice students, good buildings and many important activities for students’ life.” Fustel is most excited for all of the upcoming events and activities on campus and to meet international students from other countries and learn about their cultures.

Jiahuan Chen, who goes by Jason, is from Mainland China. He has been attending Snow College since May 2013. He says, “Snow College is a very good place to study.” He really likes the small class sizes. He especially likes the good friends that he has made. Chen is most excited to see all of his friends again this semester.

Snow College enrolled 125 international students from 23 countries this fall semester. That’s nearly double the number of international students at Snow just a few years ago. With numbers of international students increasing, the Center for Global Engagement is working with faculty in the Global Engagement Advisory Committee (GEAC), students, and other universities and colleges across the country on developing different activities and opportunities to allow all students at Snow College to engage globally. Heikinen stated, “It’s not enough to have international diversity alone; we have to strive to meet the needs of providing global engagement opportunities to all students.” We will cover the new programs and ideas as they develop.

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