West Virginia University at Parkersburg welcomed 34 international students for the fall 2013 semester with a special reception today at the main campus. This is the highest number of international students to attend the college at one time.
“We’ve found that students from other countries come here for our affordability and our unique offering of both associate and bachelor degree programs,” said WVU Parkersburg President Dr. Marie Foster Gnage. “We are always happy to welcome international students, and we do our best to help them become fully integrated into the college and our community.”
International students currently attending WVU Parkersburg are from countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, England, Germany, Ghana, Iraq, Jamaica, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, South Korea, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tabago, and Turkey.
Some students came to the U.S. specifically to attend college at WVU Parkersburg while others have established permanent residence here.
Yuxiao Li, a junior who goes by the nickname Cici, came to WVU Parkersburg to earn her bachelor’s degree before attending medical school. She has become very involved on campus, becoming a student ambassador and joining the Student Government Association and the International Club.
“As a new immigrant, I could hardly understand what people were talking about,” said Li. “After studying here, I found that this school fits me really well. The small classes compared to those in China makes it easy to communicate to my professors. They are so passionate to give you the help you need. The affordability is another reason I stayed since the currency exchange is so high. The most important thing is that I see myself growing by studying here.”