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Audio Transcript: International Students – Dallas Jackson
By Dallas Jackson SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Thousands of students from all over the world leave their home countries to attend colleges in the United States. Syracuse University has students and scholars from all 50 of the United States and 130 countries. There are more than four thousand international undergraduate students enrolled at SU, making up about 20 percent of the student body. A total of 1,500 international students are enrolled at SU for its graduate programs.
Malika Kalila is a first-year graduate student. Kalila is originally from Kazakhstan, but she explains this is not her first time in the US.
“I graduated from Niagara University, my undergrad was from there,” she said. “So I’m pretty much used to the United States culture.”
Kalila is a broadcast journalism major.
“So my dream is to become a good journalist. That’s why I chose the United States to study media, to study journalism. I strongly believe that this country is really good for that field,” she said.
Many international students enroll at Syracuse for its broad selection of studies, programs and global alumni network. The Slutzker Center for International Services is a premier resource for students attending SU from other countries. The center is full of services and programs to help them make the most of their experience at Syracuse. Programs include: peer mentoring, building intercultural understanding and helping students with the visa process and travel.
International students are also provided with an orientation when they arrive on campus. The orientation gives the students a chance to meet other students from around the world and get acclimated to the SU campus and the city of Syracuse.