Augustana Hosting 35 New International Students This Fall

 SIOUX FALLS – Donn Grinager, director of International Programs, announced today Augustana will be hosting 35 new international students this fall.

Norway leads the way with 21 students, the most in Grinager’s 16 years in the program. A student from Taiwan is another first for Grinager.

The incoming class from foreign countries includes both exchange and degree-seeking students. Two of the exchange students, James Fenner and Ryan Watts, are from the University of Exeter, England. They are participating in Augustana’s new exchange program with their home school and will be taking courses toward their degrees in Archeology.

Ten new exchange students will be participating in Augustana’s special Norwegian Nursing Program. Eight of the students are from the University College of Bodo (just above the Arctic Circle) and two are from Diakonova University College in Oslo. They are Tsigereda Teklemariam (and family), Lisa Anderson, Ina Bjerknesli, Silje Boe, Line Eidissen, Hakon Johansen, Kristin Nesjeoy, Daniel Strand, Ingvild Synnes, and Lisbet Albertson. In addition to taking courses on campus, the students will experience a variety of healthcare and nursing clinical activities in Sioux Falls.

For the second consecutive year, Augustana welcomes two U.S. State Department sponsored exchange students. Kseniya Poltavets is from Vladivostok, Russia, and Nataly Gurgurova is from Tizaspol, Moldova. Both will pursue American Studies and will be on campus for a year.

Sondre Rue and Anette Skreosen complete the roster of exchange students. They come from Telemark University College and Vestfold University College in Norway. Both plan to study at Augustana for two semesters.

Abdulrazak Salihu, a Fulbright-sponsored transfer student from Nigeria, is among the degree-seeking students coming to Augustana. Salihu, who is transferring from Ahmadu Bello University, will study Math Education.

Norwegian student Christian Kaborg is returning to Augustana after spending the 2005-06 school year on campus. He intends to complete his degree (Pre-Medicine Program or nursing) at Augustana.

Other Norwegian students intending to complete degrees at Augustana are Ann Marit Badsvik (Biology/Med Tech), Annick Foyen (Government), Ida Silihagen (Nursing), Anne Maren Boe (Nursing), Cecilie Udstuen (Exercise Science, cross-country/track), Miriam Berg Hovda (English/Journalism, cross country/track), Halvard Lange (Physics, cross country/track), and Ingerid Huus-Hansen (Anthropology and Archeology).

Nan Shao is transferring from a university in China. Her academic interests are Exercise Science or Nursing.

Yu-Chieh Yu comes to Augustana from Taiwan and will pursue Biology/Pre Veterinary studies.

Incoming students Nana Okamoto and Yuri Aoyagi are from Japan. Nana is transferring from Rikkyo University and is undecided in terms of a major. Yuri is transferring from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and will pursue International Studies.

Wadie Fernandez is from Ecuador but no stranger to South Dakota. He is a graduate of Watertown High School, where he studied for a year as an exchange student. He will major in Pre-Medicine/Biology.

Adding to Augustana’s growing list of students from Hong Kong are Long Hei Tsui (Business Administration) and Huie Tsu Yuan (Art).

Line Nordengen (Norway) will be a graduate student in the Nursing Department.

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