The fabric of student life is brighter and richer this fall as Northern State University
welcomes students from 24 different countries.
That’s up from 13 countries represented last semester, said Brendan Carson, director of the English as a Second Language and Intensive English (IEP) programs.
Carson anticipates a beneficial impact on IEP classes.
“Normally, we’d have three or four countries represented and the students would tend to gather in groups and speak their shared language with each other,” he said. “Now, in one class, we will have several nationalities - and the only language they can share is English.”
NSU President James Smith highlighted the international population of nearly 250 students during his recent convocation speech. This year, he said, six new places are represented — Bangladesh, Japan, India, Palestine, the Bahamas and the Czech Republic.
Carson credits the increase to different outreach tactics, including word of mouth, social media and online resources. Northern recently began to offer translations on its international student Web pages at northern.edu, and an NSU Japanese student is doing a blog.
Many international students like NSU’s tuition rate and the idea of living in middle America, he said.
Carson said he’s looking forward to Culturefest
later this fall, at which many international students will display and demonstrate the food, dress and culture of their home countries.
For more information about NSU's Office of International Programs, click HERE
Top photo: Carson