by Claire Miller
At HAN University in the Netherlands, Donovan van Beek is studying to become an English teacher.
While he’s at Georgia State University this semester, he will take history and English composition classes in hopes of improving his writing skills.
“I really like it here,” van Beek said of his experiences on campus thus far. “All the people here are very open minded and nice, and they really want to help you.”
Van Beek is one of several international students completing a study abroad program in the College of Education this semester who attended the college’s Welcome Luncheon for International Scholars and Students on Jan. 16.
Coordinated by the college’s Office of International Programs, the biannual luncheon introduces international visitors to College of Education faculty and staff and representatives from Georgia State’s Office of International Initiatives.
This semester, the college will host students from Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden, as well as a visiting scholar from South Korea’s KongJu National University.
Catharina Chang, College of Education director of international programs, said the luncheon provides a good opportunity for visitors to become better acquainted with the college and fosters international collaboration.
“Having international students and scholars enriches our college and we hope that while they’re here, they get to experience everything that Georgia State has to offer,” Chang said.
For more information about the college’s international programs, visit http://education.gsu.edu/international.