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International Programs

International Student Services Scholarship

DEADLINE : May 31st for Fall semester, November 1st for Spring semester

Columbus State University and the Center for International Education are pleased to offer the International Student Service Scholarship to qualified undergraduate and graduate international students on an F-1 student visa. The International Student Service Scholarship is an out-of-state tuition waiver available to a limited number of international students who have been accepted to CSU, or are presently attending CSU. Download the documents below for complete information about the scholarship.

Candidates for the ISSS scholarship may be asked to do an in person interview or web interview before being offered a scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship are representatives of the Center for International Education and may be asked to speak in classrooms or do presentations and need to comfortable speaking in public and in front of groups. Recipients will also assist other students during international orientation.

E-mail: crane_janet@columbusstate.edu for more information

Current Scholarship Recipients

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Name: Jonathan Thompson

CSU Email: thompson_jonathan5@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: M.S. Exercise Science

Year/Classification: Graduate

Countries visited (including non-study abroad):  Jamaica, United states

Home Country: The Commonwealth of The Bahamas

Favorite memory during time in US: Undergraduate studies

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: When in Rome, do what the Romans do

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Study and use a planner

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services

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Name: Sergio Rivera

E-mail: rivera_sergio@columbusstate.edu

Area of study: Master of Business Administration

Year of classification: Graduate

Countries visited: Switzerland, France, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, Hungary, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, United States.

Home country: Colombia

Favorite memory during time in the US: Visiting Orlando theme parks.

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: ‘If I go to someplace like Switzerland, I find a lot of uptight people because they’re living amongst so much beauty; there’s no urgency in trying to find the beauty within themselves.’ – George Harrison

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Start preparing yourself early and develop a plan to follow through.

Activities: International student activities

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Name: Gissel Monterrosa

CSU Email: monterrosa_yolanda@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: B.S Biology

Year/Classification: Senior

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): None

Home Country: El Salvador

Favorite memory during time in US: Every single thing since I came to the U.S has been unique. Adapting to a new environment and culture has been my favorite challenge.

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: "Go where you feel Most Alive"

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Go for it! Life is too short to not go discover the different wonders of life.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: Phi Beta Delta

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Name: Raj Kotak

CSU Email: kotak_raj@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: Computer Science

Year/Classification: Senior

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): United States of America, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia.

Home Country: India

Favorite memory during time in US: Visiting Disney Land and Hollywood Studios in Florida.

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page" By- Saint Augustine

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Studying abroad is an experience one should never miss. You get to meet and know different people and their cultures.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services.

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Name: Arfath Shaik

CSU Email: shaik_arfath@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: Computer Science

Year/Classification: Junior

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): United States

Home Country: India

Favorite memory during time in US: GILC conference and Florida

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: Explore yourself wherever you go.

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Do proper research about the place where you are going to study or travel, studying abroad is a life time experience so don’t miss it.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services

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Name: Silvia De Los Angeles Beltran Lancia

CSU Email: beltran_silvia@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: Nursing

Year/Classification: Junior

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): Venezuela, Italy, Korea, United States.

Home Country: Venezuela

Favorite memory during time in US: I graduated from High School here, so I would say my High School graduation is my favorite memory.

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: I loved when I visited Korea.

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Best experience of your life.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Experiences.

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Name: Vishwa Patel

CSU Email: patel_vishwaben@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: Nursing

Year/Classification: Junior

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): Singapore, China, Bangkok, Pataya, Thailand, Dubai, United States, and yet many more to explore.

Home Country: India

Favorite memory during time in US: The day I landed in United States was the best day of my life, it made me feel "now life starts." The first snow I ever experienced, in my home country especially where I lived, we haven't witnessed it, so it was a beautiful start. Also, when I came in United States, I started my freshman year at New York Institute of Technology in New York, New York itself is a beautiful memory.

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: "Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport."

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Just go for it! Life doesn't give you a second chance. If we were to stay at one place, then God would have given us roots rather than feet. The other thing that I believe is you never know what's going to happen next moment, so try to explore and learn as much as you can in the present moment. You will explore different cultures and people and that will help you to choose what's the best thing for you.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services

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Name: Adaimoabasi Ruth Udo

CSU Email: udo_adaimoabasi@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: Engineering

Year/Classification: Junior

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): United States, UK, South Africa, and Paris

Home Country: Nigeria

Favorite memory during time in US: The time I went to six flags for my birthday

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination. – Roy Goodman

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Go for it! Be open-minded and don't be afraid to try new things. Research on your country of choice to inform yourself about the cultural differences in the new environment you would be in. Be yourself, know what you stand for and keep friends that support you and your vision. Create new experiences. Try to find a balance so that you're not left out and lastly don't let the pressure get to you.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services

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Name: Melissa Areiza

CSU Email: areiza_melissa@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: Exercise Science & Kinesiology

Year/Classification: Sophomore

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brazil, Germany, Turkey, Kenya, Oman, United Arab Emirates.

Home Country: Colombia

Favorite memory during time in US: When I went to NYC.

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: Veni, Vidi, Amavi.

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Enjoy and learn from every moment because who you are is due to where you've been, so take as much of the great in.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services

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Name: Anayondu Diliora

CSU Email: diliora_anayondu@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: Chemistry - Biochemistry Track

Year/Classification: Sophomore

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): London, Ghana, and USA

Home Country: Nigeria

Favorite memory during time in US: My favorite memory is my first at CSU. 

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Always ask for help don't die in silence and make good friends.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services

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Name: Giovanna Lara Poveda

E-mail: larapoveda_giovanna@columbusstate.edu

Area of study: General Business

Year of classification: Sophomore

Countries visited: Argentina, Chile, Brasil, Dominican Republic, and the United States.

Home country: Colombia

Favorite memory during time in the US: it was when snowed in Columbus last year, and I've never been that close to snow. It was amazing!

Study abroad: it is an opportunity to know more about about American culture and also about yourself. It is very fun experience!

Activities: international student activities

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Name: Valeria Castro Segura

CSU Email: castro_valeria@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: International Business

Year/Classification: Sophomore

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): Colombia, United States

Home Country: Colombia

Favorite memory during time in US: My favorite memory is when I went to Niagara Falls with my family.

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: "Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage." — Paulo Coelho

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Studying abroad is an amazing experience for everyone. People can learn about different cultures, languages and also make new friends.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services.

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Name: Seongmi Chung

CSU Email: chung_seongmi@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: Health science

Year/Classification: Freshman

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): Japan, China, Thailand, and United States

Home Country: South Korea

Favorite memory during time in US: When I was 14 years old, I visited CSU for a short-term Immersion Excursion.

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: "Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world." - Gustave Flaubert

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Don’t hesitate. Just do it! It is a good opportunity that you can learn other languages and cultures.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services