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International students show their home country pride at the Homecoming Parade

Our international students come from more than 130 countries around the world. Each one has a unique success story and a reason they say Nebraska is their home. Meet some of graduates below and hear their Husker journey.

Chin May Teoh

Teoh brings well-being and cultural awareness to campus

Hailing from Penang, Malaysia, May is a people person. For her, attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was a turning point as she worked to help people by serving as a Well-being Coach and raising awareness for mutlicultural engagement.

Meet May
Ali Jabbar

Jabbar inspired to reach beyond limits

Advice from one of his architecture professors encouraged Ali to think outside the box and move beyond traditional limits. After completing his bachelor's degree at UNL and preparing to return for his master's, Ali is certain those same words will continue to inspire his designs for years to come.

Meet Ali
Karen Da Silva

Da Silva leaves behind legacy of excellence after nearly a decade in Nebraska

International students find their way to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln via many paths. For Karen, her journey started with an internship in the entomology department and ended with a Ph.D. in agronomy and horitculture, nine years later.

Meet Karen
Said Al Barumi

Graduating from UNL a “dream come true” for Al Barumi

7,703 miles from his hometown in Muscat, Oman, Said took the first steps towards his dream of becoming a professional licensed engineer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Looking back at his involvements and the engineering competitions he helped lead, Al Barumi is proud of the person he's become.

Meet Said
Anja Rakotoarimanana

Nebraska becomes a transformative second home for Rakotoarimanana

Anja Rakotoarimanana may have left her home in Madagascar with the intention to transfer from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln after her first year, but the Husker community and the opportunities she found quickly changed her mind.

Meet Anja
Hongfei Frank Yu

No regrets as Yu completes his Husker journey

Frank decided to participate in the 3+1 Program with Northwest A&F University in his native China to make the most of his college experience. As he progresses in his academic and professional career, Frank will always cherish his time in Nebraska no matter where in the world he is.

Meet Frank
Zilfa Irakoze

Irakoze harvests her dreams for agricultural leadership success

Zilfa came to Nebraska to cultivate her dreams as part of the CASNR Undergraduate Scholarship Program, CUSP. After honing her leadership skills and interning at the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, she's ready for the next step in her career.

Meet Zilfa
Chris JiHo Beon

Beon strengthens international student connection to local community

Before his journey from Ulsan, South Korea to Lincoln, Nebraska, Chris never thought he would be so involved in university activites. Now, after his five years at UNL, Chris graduates proud of the impact he's made in connecting the international and domestic community closer together.

Meet Chris
Xiao Yun Sim

On-campus positions inspire Sim to serve the students

When Xiao Yun Sim came to Nebraska from Penang, Malaysia, she imagined her career would be in music therapy. However, after working with New Student Enrollment, Sim is eager to continue her education and ultimately serve students in higher education.

Meet Xiao Yun
Hawra Mohammed

Mohammed carves her own path

Hawra Mohammed’s journey of more than 7,000 miles from her home in Muscat, Oman, to Lincoln, has spanned beyond academics and into self-reliance. Now, she graduates in May with a choice of employment and a bright future ahead.

Meet Hawra
Shivang Vaidya

Vaidya ready to ‘build’ future after Clifton Strengths Institute involvement

When Shivang Vaidya began his college decision journey from Navi Mumbai, India, he knew he wanted to attend a tight-knit, growing university. However, he never imagined just how much his college experience and involvement with the Clifton Strengths Institute would shape him as a person.

Meet Shivang
Kexin Echo Zhang

Zhang experiences the world in Nebraska

Before she even began college, Kexin “Echo” Zhang knew she wanted to study abroad. Now, after graduating from the Zhejiang University City College (ZUCC) Partnership Degree Program, she feels ready for a career in today’s global economy after her international experiences in Nebraska.

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John Valencia

Connections, professional opportunities propel Valencia towards the future

John Valencia has been traveling since he was 13 years old. Originally from Colombia, Valencia was unsure if he could find his place in Nebraska, but UNL’s diversity and welcoming community quickly changed his mind. Given all the tools he needs to succeed, Valencia is eager for his next steps.

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Quan Pham

Pham looks forward to skyscraper-tall dreams, still keeping Nebraska as his second home

Over the course of his last seven years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as an undergraduate and graduate student, Quan Pham has made Nebraska his home. Now, as he graduates this May with his Master’s of Architecture, Pham is eager for his next journey and chasing big dreams.

Meet Quan
Enea Pashaj

Pashaj welcome to succeed at Nebraska

As an international student from Albania, UNL encouraged Enea Pashaj to succeed across campus, from strong grades in his coursework to finding various on-campus jobs and winning awards for intramural sports. After earning his bachelor’s in accounting in May 2019, Pashaj will continue his education at UNL, pursuing his master’s and preparing for the CPA license.

Meet Enea
Blanche Butera

From one home to another: Butera ready for career in Rwanda

Blanche Butera was born and raised in Kigali, Rwanda. She did all her education there, until an opportunity arose to come to Nebraska on the CASNR Undergraduate Scholarship Program (CUSP). Excited to return to Rwanda for a career in environmental studies, Butera knows Nebraska will always be her home.

Meet Blanche
Mavuto Banda

Google search to global journey: water program leads Banda to Nebraska

Sometimes a simple internet search can change a whole life trajectory. In the case of Mavuto Banda, it took him from Malawi to the Netherlands to Nebraska through a unique partnership between IHE Delft in the Netherlands, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute.

Meet Mavuto