Kent State University: the ‘Manipal’ of America

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Fulfilling your American Dream makes better sense with American education. And when it comes to choosing a university, Kent State University (Kent, Ohio) offers several advantages for international students. Here are  few reasons:

 

Kent State University (KSU) makes much of Kent city both in terms of population and economics. An overwhelming number of city’s 30,000 (approx) is engaged in education either as students or educators.  KSU has eight Ohio Campuses with 2000+ international students from 104 countries. Of these 400 are from India. The university has six more campuses in other U.S. locations and four outside U.S.

According to Marcello Fantoni, associate provost, office of global education at KSU, the university is in itself is like a mini world with such an amazing diversity of student population. Fantoni, an Italian emigrant who joined the university in 2012, citing his own example says the university is highly reputed for internationalization of education. “Our university students go aboard on study programs in more than 60 countries and our portfolio is increasing. We expose our students to global working,” he adds.

 Marcello Fantoni, who was recently in India said that his university is actively looking at India both from the student recruitment point of view as well as fostering exchange programs with Indian institutions.

Ranked among top 100 state universities in USA, Kent State University offers both undergrad and graduate programs. It has some 282 undergraduate programs and 10 colleges virtually covering every discipline. The Liquid Crystal Institute, where LCD was born is also part of this university. The university therefore is a real multidisciplinary education hub,

What is, however, most appealing about KSU is its affordability and scholarships. Three scholarships—the international Freshman Scholarship, Global Diversity Scholarship, and International Civic Engagement Scholarship—in particular are available for meritorious and talented students.

A second way to cover costs is by way of working 20 hours a week as assistants under assistantship program. “There are 100s of jobs on the campuses itself that can be taken up by students for which they get about $10 per hour. I am happy to say that, a lot of our Indian students are taking benefits of these opportunities,” says Fantoni.

Then there is a two –year optional practical training (OPT) extension available after which a student can even work after getting work visa.

Being a host of so many diverse students, the culture of the city is very welcoming for international students and KSU on its part also has an elaborate orientation and support program for incoming students. Indian student association and club is very vibrant and one good reason to feel at home in KSU.

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