International exchange students participate at BHSU

SPEARFISH, S.D. — Black Hills State University’s student body has a diverse number of international students working to make their mark in the world.

The fall semester welcomed six new students participating in the Global Undergrad Exchange Program. The program is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of State and the university. The students participating this semester come from Tunisia and Pakistan, and will stay a single semester before returning home for the remainder of their education.

The students are able to learn not only in the classroom, but through experiences like visiting the Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore monuments and seeing the Buffalo Roundup.

“There are some differences,” said Fareeha Iqbal, chemistry major. “Like ways of greeting each other, like just smiling at strangers — that’s the thing I love most about America, we just smile at people. That’s a really beautiful gesture.”

Fareeha hopes to take her chemistry degree to become an environmental scientist, but she is also passionate about empowering women. She hopes to help women in her country walk with confidence.

Another international student is Claudio Escudero from Argentina. Claudio is not a part of the exchange program, and plans on studying at BHSU for his entire degree. He is passionate about helping those in poverty, both nationally and internationally.

“I grew up in a community in Argentina that wasn’t the mos privileged, per-se,” Claudio said. “My mom is a single mother, she didn’t get the chance to go to college but I’ve seen how diplomacy can work — creating relationships between people from different countries and connecting people to be able to, through businesses, grow financially.”

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