International Students Share Cultures in College

Published 08/19 2014 05:31PM

Updated 08/19 2014 05:54PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- As students get back into the college routine, hundreds are facing bigger challenges than just finding their classes.

More than a thousand Missouri State University students, from freshman to graduate students, come to Springfield for college and to learn about the culture.

At Missouri State, 85 different countries are represented, while more than 50 nationalities are represented at Drury.

Dr. Jim Baker, VP of Research, Economic & International from Missouri State, says international students play an important role in culture for everyone on campus.

Missouri State and Drury offer help with essential lifestyle needs like housing and medical.

Baker says the number of students has quadrupled over time, thanks to partnerships around the world.

"We have a program called study in China for example and we have three universities in China that we send our students to,” says Baker. “And the reason we do that is because those are three universities that we can trust, we know they will take care of our students and we know they're very solid institutions, so what we’ve done is establish that type of a network."

Some international students themselves say the biggest challenge for them is probably language and offer their best advice to others: get involved with campus activities and you'll feel a part of the culture.

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