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Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a public institution that offers an authentic American experience in the beautiful and lively city of Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Our hilltop campus is a place of diversity and friendliness. It embraces a proud heritage and a bold, ambitious future. WKU is home to many highly ranked and nationally recognized academic programs such as Business/Management, Journalism and Broadcasting, Engineering, Computer Science, Social Sciences, and Math, including an award-winning speech and debate team.  

In addition to our top academic programs, WKU is also home to competitive Division I Athletic teams including tennis, basketball, soccer, and football.  More than 20,000 students grace WKU's campus, including students from over 60 countries. WKU is one of four nationally recognized Safe Communities America by the National Safety Council and is ranked as one of the most beautiful southern campuses by U.S. News.  Centrally located and easily accessible to many major U.S. cities, WKU is known for the southern hospitality and charm that Kentucky has to offer.  Bowling Green, Kentucky (home to WKU) is ranked one of the top 10 U.S. college towns. 

Watch an incredible video that shows what it is like to be an international student on our campus, download our international student brochures and schedule time to video chat or WhatsApp with a current international student below.


 

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            [title] => Meet WKU’s 2019-2020 International Student Diplomats
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/09/04/meet-wkus-2019-2020-international-student-diplomats/
            [comments] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/09/04/meet-wkus-2019-2020-international-student-diplomats/#respond
            [pubDate] => 2019-09-04
            [date] => 2019-09-04
            [description] => Each year, International Student and Scholar Services awards scholarships to a select group of high-performing international students who, after submitting a formal application and presentation, show a passion for serving the international students on WKU’s campus. Depending on the talent pool, the number of recipients varies from year to year, however, whether the group consists of 5 or 10, they possess the skills necessary to provide support services to prospective, incoming and first-year international students so that no matter where they may come from, all international students feel welcomed and supported on “The Hill.” “Working with this group of students is by far one of the most rewarding parts of my job,” said WesleyAnne Watkins, a co-advisor for the program. “This group has always shown an incredible and contagious passion for making a difference in the lives of the students on our campus. They genuinely want to make sure new students are getting involved and become fully integrated into WKU life so that they are making the most of their experience studying in a different country and culture.” The International Student Diplomats not only serve as the core support group for international students but also stand in as campus representatives for the international student body. They take an oath to answer any questions prospective students may have, to guide all first-year international students through their introductory year at WKU, and offer programming to make sure international students are interacting not only with one another but also with the entire campus community and have ample opportunities to share their cultures with the WKU campus as a whole. Kate Ngo (Accounting and Finance major from Vietnam), now serving her second year in the program says being an International Student Diplomat means so much to her because it fulfills her goal of helping international students who are new to WKU. “I feel like the world we live in is not just about our own shell,” Kate said. “It is also about the people surrounding us. I love to meet and communicate with people from around the globe to sharpen my knowledge of not only my own culture but other cultures too.” This year’s group is comprised of eight international students, all from different countries, both undergraduate and graduate and all pursing different degree paths: “This program is vital to our student support services,” said Savannah White, also a co-advisor of the program. “We’ve learned that perspective and even current students would much rather talk to another student who has either gone through what they’re currently facing or someone that they feel a connection to, either because they are from the same country or are interested in the same major. The really important and organic conversations happen peer-to-peer and far more valuable than any conversation I could have with a student.” International Student Diplomats are available for in-person meetings on campus, as well as WhatsApp and Skype sessions for prospective students. A current or prospective student who may benefit from chatting with a diplomat can view the profiles of each member and schedule a chat HERE or contact the diplomats via the methods below:
            [summary] => Each year, International Student and Scholar Services awards scholarships to a select group of high-performing international students who, after submitting a formal application and presentation, show a passion for serving the international students on WKU’s campus. Depending on the talent pool, the number of recipients varies from year to year, however, whether the group consists of 5 or 10, they possess the skills necessary to provide support services to prospective, incoming and first-year international students so that no matter where they may come from, all international students feel welcomed and supported on “The Hill.” “Working with this group of students is by far one of the most rewarding parts of my job,” said WesleyAnne Watkins, a co-advisor for the program. “This group has always shown an incredible and contagious passion for making a difference in the lives of the students on our campus. They genuinely want to make sure new students are getting involved and become fully integrated into WKU life so that they are making the most of their experience studying in a different country and culture.” The International Student Diplomats not only serve as the core support group for international students but also stand in as campus representatives for the international student body. They take an oath to answer any questions prospective students may have, to guide all first-year international students through their introductory year at WKU, and offer programming to make sure international students are interacting not only with one another but also with the entire campus community and have ample opportunities to share their cultures with the WKU campus as a whole. Kate Ngo (Accounting and Finance major from Vietnam), now serving her second year in the program says being an International Student Diplomat means so much to her because it fulfills her goal of helping international students who are new to WKU. “I feel like the world we live in is not just about our own shell,” Kate said. “It is also about the people surrounding us. I love to meet and communicate with people from around the globe to sharpen my knowledge of not only my own culture but other cultures too.” This year’s group is comprised of eight international students, all from different countries, both undergraduate and graduate and all pursing different degree paths: “This program is vital to our student support services,” said Savannah White, also a co-advisor of the program. “We’ve learned that perspective and even current students would much rather talk to another student who has either gone through what they’re currently facing or someone that they feel a connection to, either because they are from the same country or are interested in the same major. The really important and organic conversations happen peer-to-peer and far more valuable than any conversation I could have with a student.” International Student Diplomats are available for in-person meetings on campus, as well as WhatsApp and Skype sessions for prospective students. A current or prospective student who may benefit from chatting with a diplomat can view the profiles of each member and schedule a chat HERE or contact the diplomats via the methods below:
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            [title] => WKU Welcomes International Students from 28 Countries
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/08/26/wku-welcomes-international-students-from-28-countries/
            [comments] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/08/26/wku-welcomes-international-students-from-28-countries/#respond
            [pubDate] => 2019-08-26
            [date] => 2019-08-26
            [description] => This past week, Global Learning & International Affairs welcomed new international students and scholars to WKU’s campus for the Fall 2019 academic term including 28 countries in representation. During a three-day extended orientation, students and scholars were paired with current international students through the WKU International Student Diplomat Program and were offered programming to help support cultural adjustment and academic success. “Our hope is to make sure that we’re providing the resources needed to help a student feel like they’re a part of WKU. Chances are, they haven’t had the opportunity to explore campus in person before. That coupled with the adjustment to a new culture and being so far away from home makes it incredibly important for us to provide a warm and understanding support system for our international students from day one,” said WesleyAnne Watkins, International Student Advisor. “ International Student Orientation includes several workshops and activities focused on providing immigration support, cultural support and promote awareness of the many campus resources available to students during their time at WKU. From a campus scavenger hunt to a WKU and community resource fair to academic advising, participants spent the latter part of the week familiarizing themselves with their new home on “The Hill”. “International students are fully woven into the WKU community and are represented in all colleges. You will not only see them in classrooms, but you can hear them cheer-on fellow athletes on our fields and applaud their shots on the court,” said John Sunnygard, Associate Provost for Global Learning and International Affairs.  “We are delighted to host International students who bring their individual experiences and different perspectives to our community to learn, create, do research and work in internships. To learn more about WKU’s international students, connect with the International Student & Scholar Services department on Instagram & Facebook. Countries in representation for new incoming international students & scholars enrolled in the Fall 2019 term include: ArgentinaNigeriaSaudi ArabiaBahamasFranceSouth AfricaBelizeGermanySouth KoreaBrazilHaitiTaiwan (Republic Of China)CanadaHondurasThailandDemocratic Republic of CongoIndiaUnited KingdomDenmarkIranVietnamDominicaJapanZimbabweEgyptKuwaitEthiopiaOman
            [summary] => This past week, Global Learning & International Affairs welcomed new international students and scholars to WKU’s campus for the Fall 2019 academic term including 28 countries in representation. During a three-day extended orientation, students and scholars were paired with current international students through the WKU International Student Diplomat Program and were offered programming to help support cultural adjustment and academic success. “Our hope is to make sure that we’re providing the resources needed to help a student feel like they’re a part of WKU. Chances are, they haven’t had the opportunity to explore campus in person before. That coupled with the adjustment to a new culture and being so far away from home makes it incredibly important for us to provide a warm and understanding support system for our international students from day one,” said WesleyAnne Watkins, International Student Advisor. “ International Student Orientation includes several workshops and activities focused on providing immigration support, cultural support and promote awareness of the many campus resources available to students during their time at WKU. From a campus scavenger hunt to a WKU and community resource fair to academic advising, participants spent the latter part of the week familiarizing themselves with their new home on “The Hill”. “International students are fully woven into the WKU community and are represented in all colleges. You will not only see them in classrooms, but you can hear them cheer-on fellow athletes on our fields and applaud their shots on the court,” said John Sunnygard, Associate Provost for Global Learning and International Affairs.  “We are delighted to host International students who bring their individual experiences and different perspectives to our community to learn, create, do research and work in internships. To learn more about WKU’s international students, connect with the International Student & Scholar Services department on Instagram & Facebook. Countries in representation for new incoming international students & scholars enrolled in the Fall 2019 term include: ArgentinaNigeriaSaudi ArabiaBahamasFranceSouth AfricaBelizeGermanySouth KoreaBrazilHaitiTaiwan (Republic Of China)CanadaHondurasThailandDemocratic Republic of CongoIndiaUnited KingdomDenmarkIranVietnamDominicaJapanZimbabweEgyptKuwaitEthiopiaOman
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            [title] => The Great Gabby
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/02/01/the-great-gabby/
            [comments] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/02/01/the-great-gabby/#comments
            [pubDate] => 2019-02-01
            [date] => 2019-02-01
            [description] => “One of the things that motivated me to come here was the multicultural element of WKU. When I came here, I found people from Kuwait, China, Japan, Denmark and beyond. I was so amazed. I could learn about other cultures and share my culture with others.” Gabriela “Gabby” Vargas Berroa is from Arequipa, Peru. She’s currently working on her second semester at WKU studying architecture and interior design. She has traveled all over her country as well as parts of Europe at a young age, but she knew she wanted to come to the U.S. after discovering English as a Second Language International (ESLI). ELSI allowed her to learn English and prepare for college before her collegiate career. “If I wanted to achieve my dream, I knew I needed to come here for some opportunities that my country does not offer,” Gabriela said.   Gabriela said paying for her studies here could have been more daunting, but with the help from an Organization of American States (OAS) scholarship, she secured her academic career at WKU. “It was kind of destiny I think. I was looking for scholarships within the university and outside. I came to the international office to ask about any other opportunity that could be possible. They told me about OAS. I was so impressed with the amount of money I could receive.” WKU offers 10 OAS scholarships per academic year. Each scholarship provides a one-time payment of $4,000 and then an additional $11,400 each year for undergraduate recipients. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must gain admission into WKU, complete the OAS scholarship application, obtain a proof of English proficiency, and be a citizen/legal resident of any OAS member state. The application heavily relies on two essay questions, which Gabby said was intimidating at first. “When writing the essays, they told me to write about how what I learn here is going to improve what is mine–in my case, how to make my country better. So when I started to write the essays, I put a lot of feeling in them.” Gabriella said it can be difficult for her to write essays in English, but that didn’t discourage her from giving it her best shot. “When you try something new, sometimes you can get scared of what will happen, but it’s worse to not take a chance and try.” For more information about OAS scholarships, click here.
            [summary] => “One of the things that motivated me to come here was the multicultural element of WKU. When I came here, I found people from Kuwait, China, Japan, Denmark and beyond. I was so amazed. I could learn about other cultures and share my culture with others.” Gabriela “Gabby” Vargas Berroa is from Arequipa, Peru. She’s currently working on her second semester at WKU studying architecture and interior design. She has traveled all over her country as well as parts of Europe at a young age, but she knew she wanted to come to the U.S. after discovering English as a Second Language International (ESLI). ELSI allowed her to learn English and prepare for college before her collegiate career. “If I wanted to achieve my dream, I knew I needed to come here for some opportunities that my country does not offer,” Gabriela said.   Gabriela said paying for her studies here could have been more daunting, but with the help from an Organization of American States (OAS) scholarship, she secured her academic career at WKU. “It was kind of destiny I think. I was looking for scholarships within the university and outside. I came to the international office to ask about any other opportunity that could be possible. They told me about OAS. I was so impressed with the amount of money I could receive.” WKU offers 10 OAS scholarships per academic year. Each scholarship provides a one-time payment of $4,000 and then an additional $11,400 each year for undergraduate recipients. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must gain admission into WKU, complete the OAS scholarship application, obtain a proof of English proficiency, and be a citizen/legal resident of any OAS member state. The application heavily relies on two essay questions, which Gabby said was intimidating at first. “When writing the essays, they told me to write about how what I learn here is going to improve what is mine–in my case, how to make my country better. So when I started to write the essays, I put a lot of feeling in them.” Gabriella said it can be difficult for her to write essays in English, but that didn’t discourage her from giving it her best shot. “When you try something new, sometimes you can get scared of what will happen, but it’s worse to not take a chance and try.” For more information about OAS scholarships, click here.
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            [title] => International Student Diplomat Update: Finals Week Resources
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2018/11/14/finals-week-resources/
            [comments] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2018/11/14/finals-week-resources/#respond
            [pubDate] => 2018-11-14
            [date] => 2018-11-14
            [description] => Hello everyone, it is officially 23 days to finals week! We hope your semester is going well. We, the international diplomats wanted to suggest some study areas where you can study for finals week. Helms-Cravens Library Aramark will provide unlimited chocolate cookies and coffee during the finals week at the library!!! There are numerous personal study rooms, quiet floors and group collaboration areas available at the library. DSU Study Lounge   Mass Media Off-campus Resources : Spencer’s Coffee On behalf of all International Diplomats, we offer our best wishes for you with your final exams. We hope all the extra work you expend now will lead to a beautiful and relaxing break after December 14th, And we all look forward to seeing you back in January! Feel free to contact any of us HERE if you need any help or assistance. We are here to make sure you have all the tools you need for success! Contact us: http://bit.ly/2qL6FC7
            [summary] => Hello everyone, it is officially 23 days to finals week! We hope your semester is going well. We, the international diplomats wanted to suggest some study areas where you can study for finals week. Helms-Cravens Library Aramark will provide unlimited chocolate cookies and coffee during the finals week at the library!!! There are numerous personal study rooms, quiet floors and group collaboration areas available at the library. DSU Study Lounge   Mass Media Off-campus Resources : Spencer’s Coffee On behalf of all International Diplomats, we offer our best wishes for you with your final exams. We hope all the extra work you expend now will lead to a beautiful and relaxing break after December 14th, And we all look forward to seeing you back in January! Feel free to contact any of us HERE if you need any help or assistance. We are here to make sure you have all the tools you need for success! Contact us: http://bit.ly/2qL6FC7
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            [title] => His Brother’s Keeper
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2018/11/09/his-brothers-keeper/
            [comments] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2018/11/09/his-brothers-keeper/#comments
            [pubDate] => 2018-11-09
            [date] => 2018-11-09
            [description] => Daniel Salami clicks his mouse on his triple-screen computer. His office cubicle at Fruit of the Loom holds extra brightness thanks to the neon orange shirt Daniel is wearing. He shifts from his computer and speaks as he squeezes a mini basketball. His younger brother is playing basketball this year; he’s 6’2’’ and on a local high school team. Daniel is quite proud of his brother, especially since he is his brother’s legal guardian–a title he gained before graduating college. Daniel is originally from Lagos, Nigeria, one of the most bustling cities in Africa. He finished high school when he was fifteen. He applied to one of Nigeria’s medical schools to be surgeon, but the school denied him entry because he was so young. He knew he wanted a quality education and eventually found his way to WKU. Immediately after arriving, he found that WKU held internationalization in high regard. “I got here and saw Nigeria’s flag and a lot of other flags flying outside the international building,” Daniel said. “I knew I was welcome.” Daniel began studying computer science and mathematics. He became an International Student Diplomat to help other international students find their way at WKU. He did extensive research on cloud computing. He even secured a job before graduation. In the midst of juggling all of these elements, becoming his brother’s keeper took top priority. “Personally, I’m not an American citizen,” Daniel said, “but my brother is. My mom used to travel to the U.S. and back a lot. So there was a time when she was here and she had him. Things back home right now aren’t great sometimes. So she decided that it would be best for him to have his education here.” Daniel’s brother stayed with some family friends upon arrival in the U.S. However, due to some unforeseen circumstances, he began staying with Daniel. Several legal documents later, Daniel became his brother’s guardian. “I figured the best thing to do was get my degree as fast as possible and get a job as fast as possible to support not only myself, but him as well,” he said. Daniel mentioned that time management was the most significant issue he faced. “I feel like I had to swap some fun things for not-so-fun things sometimes,” he said. He cared for his brother while working and taking 18 credit hours among all of his other involvements, which he describes as a straight-line routine of class, work, and sleep. “I tried to also make my younger brother see a little bit of the struggle that was going on so he would focus on his studies more and give himself some motivation–a way to be and a way not to be.” he said. “He’s in high school. I was more concerned about that than anything. I knew that whatever way he turns out–it was on me.” Above all, Daniel wants to be an inspiration for his brother. “I just want him to go down a good path,” he said. “To make sure he wants to make the best decisions. Like if he wants to play a sport, I’ll let him play a sport. He told me he wants to write. I told him to go for it. If you’re not doing something you’re passionate about, then what’s the point of doing it?” Daniel lives this philosophy as a guardian. A Nigerian. A worker. A brother.
            [summary] => Daniel Salami clicks his mouse on his triple-screen computer. His office cubicle at Fruit of the Loom holds extra brightness thanks to the neon orange shirt Daniel is wearing. He shifts from his computer and speaks as he squeezes a mini basketball. His younger brother is playing basketball this year; he’s 6’2’’ and on a local high school team. Daniel is quite proud of his brother, especially since he is his brother’s legal guardian–a title he gained before graduating college. Daniel is originally from Lagos, Nigeria, one of the most bustling cities in Africa. He finished high school when he was fifteen. He applied to one of Nigeria’s medical schools to be surgeon, but the school denied him entry because he was so young. He knew he wanted a quality education and eventually found his way to WKU. Immediately after arriving, he found that WKU held internationalization in high regard. “I got here and saw Nigeria’s flag and a lot of other flags flying outside the international building,” Daniel said. “I knew I was welcome.” Daniel began studying computer science and mathematics. He became an International Student Diplomat to help other international students find their way at WKU. He did extensive research on cloud computing. He even secured a job before graduation. In the midst of juggling all of these elements, becoming his brother’s keeper took top priority. “Personally, I’m not an American citizen,” Daniel said, “but my brother is. My mom used to travel to the U.S. and back a lot. So there was a time when she was here and she had him. Things back home right now aren’t great sometimes. So she decided that it would be best for him to have his education here.” Daniel’s brother stayed with some family friends upon arrival in the U.S. However, due to some unforeseen circumstances, he began staying with Daniel. Several legal documents later, Daniel became his brother’s guardian. “I figured the best thing to do was get my degree as fast as possible and get a job as fast as possible to support not only myself, but him as well,” he said. Daniel mentioned that time management was the most significant issue he faced. “I feel like I had to swap some fun things for not-so-fun things sometimes,” he said. He cared for his brother while working and taking 18 credit hours among all of his other involvements, which he describes as a straight-line routine of class, work, and sleep. “I tried to also make my younger brother see a little bit of the struggle that was going on so he would focus on his studies more and give himself some motivation–a way to be and a way not to be.” he said. “He’s in high school. I was more concerned about that than anything. I knew that whatever way he turns out–it was on me.” Above all, Daniel wants to be an inspiration for his brother. “I just want him to go down a good path,” he said. “To make sure he wants to make the best decisions. Like if he wants to play a sport, I’ll let him play a sport. He told me he wants to write. I told him to go for it. If you’re not doing something you’re passionate about, then what’s the point of doing it?” Daniel lives this philosophy as a guardian. A Nigerian. A worker. A brother.
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            [title] => From Mumbai to Medicine
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2018/10/29/from-mumbai-to-medicine/
            [comments] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2018/10/29/from-mumbai-to-medicine/#respond
            [pubDate] => 2018-10-29
            [date] => 2018-10-29
            [description] => Zaiba Moledina grew up in Mumbai, India, a bustling city with a huge population and reputation for being a commercial capital and Bollywood hub. Zaiba said that many Indian children dream of receiving an American education; she was one of those children. She heard about WKU through other students at her school who chose the Hill as their next educational path. “I selected WKU before WKU selected me,” Zaiba said. “Yes, I applied to a lot of other universities as well, but I knew that if I got accepted into WKU, it would be my choice.” She began her time at WKU in fall 2016 and soon found a home in Bowling Green. “Everyone has been so supportive–from my healthcare department to my colleagues to fellow students to professors to department heads to the international student office,” she said. “Every single person has had a role to play in my growth and is a part of why I love WKU.” After studying for a year, Zaiba became an International Student Diplomat so she could help other international students find their home at WKU. She also began interning at the Graves Gilbert Clinic, where she saw elements of her classes become realities. Her internship later blossomed into her current job. Zaiba is currently on an Optional Practical Training Visa, which means she was able to stay in the U.S. after graduation and work in a job related to her field. She works for the clinic on WKU’s campus and another branch. “We offer any basic practice services that you might get from your regular family medicine provider.” Zaiba said. “You can come in if you have a sore throat or an upset stomach. We can also give you an allergy shot, vaccination, birth control, STD screening, or any kind of other regular office visit. Additionally, we have a fully functional lab and X-ray machine.” Zaiba’s job revolves around managing the clinic, such as budgeting, answering patient queries, and making sure the staff has everything it needs to provide service. Ultimately, Zaiba helps the WKU community stay healthy after she found a home within it.
            [summary] => Zaiba Moledina grew up in Mumbai, India, a bustling city with a huge population and reputation for being a commercial capital and Bollywood hub. Zaiba said that many Indian children dream of receiving an American education; she was one of those children. She heard about WKU through other students at her school who chose the Hill as their next educational path. “I selected WKU before WKU selected me,” Zaiba said. “Yes, I applied to a lot of other universities as well, but I knew that if I got accepted into WKU, it would be my choice.” She began her time at WKU in fall 2016 and soon found a home in Bowling Green. “Everyone has been so supportive–from my healthcare department to my colleagues to fellow students to professors to department heads to the international student office,” she said. “Every single person has had a role to play in my growth and is a part of why I love WKU.” After studying for a year, Zaiba became an International Student Diplomat so she could help other international students find their home at WKU. She also began interning at the Graves Gilbert Clinic, where she saw elements of her classes become realities. Her internship later blossomed into her current job. Zaiba is currently on an Optional Practical Training Visa, which means she was able to stay in the U.S. after graduation and work in a job related to her field. She works for the clinic on WKU’s campus and another branch. “We offer any basic practice services that you might get from your regular family medicine provider.” Zaiba said. “You can come in if you have a sore throat or an upset stomach. We can also give you an allergy shot, vaccination, birth control, STD screening, or any kind of other regular office visit. Additionally, we have a fully functional lab and X-ray machine.” Zaiba’s job revolves around managing the clinic, such as budgeting, answering patient queries, and making sure the staff has everything it needs to provide service. Ultimately, Zaiba helps the WKU community stay healthy after she found a home within it.
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            [title] => Private: Why We Love Our Fathers
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2018/06/15/private-why-we-love-our-fathers/
            [comments] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2018/06/15/private-why-we-love-our-fathers/#respond
            [pubDate] => 2018-06-15
            [date] => 2018-06-15
            [description] => To all fathers around the world, may you have the most wonderful day with your family. Father’s Day is just around the corner and I would like to dedicate this post to all the wonderful fathers around the world, father figures, or all male mentors who have impacted someone’s life in a positive way. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I appreciate all of you. As you read these tributes, celebrate your love for you fathers by words or actions. The love for them will not be received unless we express it today. Show your dad some love today. Give or send him a card. Tell him that you love him. I present to you “Why We Love Our Fathers” by the Students of WKU…   Fahad Alnahari, (Saudia Arabia) “I love my dad because he is the one who taught me how to be proud of myself and always look forward to good things no matter what. He always told me to love my family and to always respect my elders. He believes in me and pushes me to do things that I think I can’t do. Zeyad Attia, (Egypt) “To be a dad you don’t have to be blood related to that person. A dad is someone who cares for you and it can be anyone who has mentored you throughout your life. Thank you, dad, for loving me. You are the best.”   Marah Qasem (Lebanon & Palestine) “Although I don’t have a relationship with my biological father, I do know that I have several male mentors in my life. I consider them to be my father figure. A father is there for you 24 hours of the day and will never leave when something goes wrong and these mentors have done that for me. Thank you to all the fathers out there.”   Anonymous student (China) “My father died when I was 3 years old. I know that my father loved me and for that I am very lucky. Although, I do not remember you thank you for giving me life.”  
            [summary] => To all fathers around the world, may you have the most wonderful day with your family. Father’s Day is just around the corner and I would like to dedicate this post to all the wonderful fathers around the world, father figures, or all male mentors who have impacted someone’s life in a positive way. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I appreciate all of you. As you read these tributes, celebrate your love for you fathers by words or actions. The love for them will not be received unless we express it today. Show your dad some love today. Give or send him a card. Tell him that you love him. I present to you “Why We Love Our Fathers” by the Students of WKU…   Fahad Alnahari, (Saudia Arabia) “I love my dad because he is the one who taught me how to be proud of myself and always look forward to good things no matter what. He always told me to love my family and to always respect my elders. He believes in me and pushes me to do things that I think I can’t do. Zeyad Attia, (Egypt) “To be a dad you don’t have to be blood related to that person. A dad is someone who cares for you and it can be anyone who has mentored you throughout your life. Thank you, dad, for loving me. You are the best.”   Marah Qasem (Lebanon & Palestine) “Although I don’t have a relationship with my biological father, I do know that I have several male mentors in my life. I consider them to be my father figure. A father is there for you 24 hours of the day and will never leave when something goes wrong and these mentors have done that for me. Thank you to all the fathers out there.”   Anonymous student (China) “My father died when I was 3 years old. I know that my father loved me and for that I am very lucky. Although, I do not remember you thank you for giving me life.”  
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            [title] => Omani Visitors at WKU Meet Students and Congratulate Graduates
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2018/05/16/omani-visitors-at-wku-meet-students-and-congratulate-graduates/
            [comments] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2018/05/16/omani-visitors-at-wku-meet-students-and-congratulate-graduates/#respond
            [pubDate] => 2018-05-16
            [date] => 2018-05-16
            [description] => On Thursday, May 10th, not only did we formally congratulate international graduates of 2018, but we also were honored to host both Dr. Talal Al Balushi, the Omani cultural attache and senior academic advisor for the Omani Cultural Center May Abdo. Both Dr. Talal Al Balushi and May Abdo were able to present graduation pins to graduating Omani students at our graduation reception.
            [summary] => On Thursday, May 10th, not only did we formally congratulate international graduates of 2018, but we also were honored to host both Dr. Talal Al Balushi, the Omani cultural attache and senior academic advisor for the Omani Cultural Center May Abdo. Both Dr. Talal Al Balushi and May Abdo were able to present graduation pins to graduating Omani students at our graduation reception.
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            [title] => International Graduation Reception 2018
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2018/05/13/international-graduation-reception-2018/
            [comments] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2018/05/13/international-graduation-reception-2018/#respond
            [pubDate] => 2018-05-13
            [date] => 2018-05-13
            [description] => On Thursday, May 10th, we congratulated the graduates of 2018 on their successes and wished them well on their future endeavors. The graduates of 2018 came to the graduation ceremony accompanied by friends and family. Some even reunited with family they hadn’t seen for years.   The ceremony included several speeches by students, faculty, and the traditional pinning. There was even a video filled with messages from families and friends abroad and professors here at the university. Because many families and friends were unable to attend, we asked those people to send in videos wishing their loved ones well. You can watch this video here. Speakers spoke of dreams, passions and successes. They spoke of all the hard work, determination, and persistence that attributed to their accomplishments. However, they also spoke about the people at WKU that really shaped their experiences. Some described it as their “home.” Thank you to all who attended! Congrats to the Class of 2018!           Here are some of our favorite moments from graduation. Check out more photos on our Facebook page.  
            [summary] => On Thursday, May 10th, we congratulated the graduates of 2018 on their successes and wished them well on their future endeavors. The graduates of 2018 came to the graduation ceremony accompanied by friends and family. Some even reunited with family they hadn’t seen for years.   The ceremony included several speeches by students, faculty, and the traditional pinning. There was even a video filled with messages from families and friends abroad and professors here at the university. Because many families and friends were unable to attend, we asked those people to send in videos wishing their loved ones well. You can watch this video here. Speakers spoke of dreams, passions and successes. They spoke of all the hard work, determination, and persistence that attributed to their accomplishments. However, they also spoke about the people at WKU that really shaped their experiences. Some described it as their “home.” Thank you to all who attended! Congrats to the Class of 2018!           Here are some of our favorite moments from graduation. Check out more photos on our Facebook page.  
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            [title] => KIC UnivAssist Tour
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2018/05/11/kic-univassist-tour/
            [comments] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2018/05/11/kic-univassist-tour/#respond
            [pubDate] => 2018-05-11
            [date] => 2018-05-11
            [description] => On Friday, April 27th, KIC UnivAssist visited Western Kentucky University. KIC UnivAssist is an organization which connects universities throughout North America with counselors in high schools from around the world. 16 counselors from 13 countries were able to tour campus, experience the WKU Ag Farm, speak to international student diplomats, and even meet our favorite campus mascot, Big Red. During these events, the counselors got to know more about the university and the people in it. Here’s what they had to say. “You can feel the warmth…You feel welcome when you enter the university. Everybody is extremely nice,” said Henrick Oprea, of Brazil. “It’s my top three campuses to visit…There’s something special when you can easily see yourself here. And I can see my students here.” Opera says he is confident that his students will thrive at WKU. He also noted the green areas on campus coincide with the fantastic programs along with a lot of support for study abroad. Bibiana Gafaro, of Brazil, said, “It has been an amazing experience. The people are great, and the quality of academics here is evident. I want to send my [students] here.” Gafaro said she was very impressed with the hospitality of people at WKU. “I feel that they don’t just work here…the University is not the buildings, its the people.” Samantha Lama, of Nepal, says her favorite aspect of WKU is the fact that, “You can explore and come in with different interests, and find out exactly what you want to do.”  
            [summary] => On Friday, April 27th, KIC UnivAssist visited Western Kentucky University. KIC UnivAssist is an organization which connects universities throughout North America with counselors in high schools from around the world. 16 counselors from 13 countries were able to tour campus, experience the WKU Ag Farm, speak to international student diplomats, and even meet our favorite campus mascot, Big Red. During these events, the counselors got to know more about the university and the people in it. Here’s what they had to say. “You can feel the warmth…You feel welcome when you enter the university. Everybody is extremely nice,” said Henrick Oprea, of Brazil. “It’s my top three campuses to visit…There’s something special when you can easily see yourself here. And I can see my students here.” Opera says he is confident that his students will thrive at WKU. He also noted the green areas on campus coincide with the fantastic programs along with a lot of support for study abroad. Bibiana Gafaro, of Brazil, said, “It has been an amazing experience. The people are great, and the quality of academics here is evident. I want to send my [students] here.” Gafaro said she was very impressed with the hospitality of people at WKU. “I feel that they don’t just work here…the University is not the buildings, its the people.” Samantha Lama, of Nepal, says her favorite aspect of WKU is the fact that, “You can explore and come in with different interests, and find out exactly what you want to do.”  
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            [wp_big_image] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/files/2018/11/kic_first_edit_2018-127.jpg
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