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Marshall University a global destination

Feb. 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of stories getting to know some of the international students attending Marshall University.

In August, between 150 and 200 international students from around the world will be arriving on Marshall University's campus, most to begin their undergraduate degrees.

They are being recruited by INTO University Partners, a London-based company that reached an agreement with Marshall in the fall to help grow the international student base.

Currently, there are about 450 international students in both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs who have a lot of positive things to say about their experience at Marshall and in Huntington.

Saadaoui Alaeddine, 30

Hometown: Feriana, Tunisia

Education: Earned bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science in Tunisia and earned a master's degree in mathematics from Marshall University in May 2012. He is planning to stay to continue studying for a PhD degree in computer science.

Community and campus involvement: Volunteers to photograph Marshall events and athletic activities

Why did you want to study abroad: "I wanted to study abroad and specifically in the U.S. because the best computer science schools and departments are in U.S. Also, it's an opportunity to improve my English and discover the American culture."

What led you to Marshall University: "My friend advised me to study at Marshall University."

What has your experience at Marshall been like: My experience at Marshall has been great so far. Huntington is a safe place for the students and I like the weather in this city. I have many American and international friends and I practice different activities at the university.

Marshall memory: I will never forget the graduation day at Marshall. It was really amazing.

What did you learn by coming to Marshall: "The first thing I improved is my English which was not possible because Arabic and French are the two spoken languages in my country. And I also learned photography."

Why should international students choose Marshall: "I advise the students to consider Marshall University because Huntington is a safe city. Also life is not expensive like in big cities. The faculty members are helpful and the American students are friendly. The university has great facilities and well-equipped recreation center to practice sports. In addition, the students will definitely enjoy the Marshall football and basketball games."