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A group of 11 Chinese students who attend high school in Des Moines, Iowa, recently visited the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as part of the U.S. Education without Borders Youth Leadership Initiative.

The visitors met with Chancellor Andrew Leavitt seeking advice and encouragement as they explore opportunities for future study. On the campus tour, the students learned more about the nearly 200 majors, minors and emphases they would have to choose from at UWO.  Current UWO students gave the students a glimpse of campus life as they dined on and off campus.

Swallow Yan, head of U.S. Education without Borders and organizer of the visit to UW Oshkosh, noted that these students are especially well-prepared to study at the university level, having studied in U.S. high schools to become familiar with U.S. culture and learning style.

Ni Xin, a UWO student from China, shared that “these are very passionate students who are eager to learn and do well in school. They would fit great into any UW Oshkosh classroom.”

Johannes Schmied, adviser to international students at UWO, was encouraged by the visit and its potential impact on UWO.

“Having students from diverse backgrounds and a variety of countries gives other UWO students the opportunity to connect with the globalized world and learn about other cultures while attending class.”

The UW Oshkosh Office of International Education welcomes visitors to campus from outside the U.S.  To inquire, contact or 920 424-0775.

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