Category: International Students

ASC International Students Connect Internships and Study Abroad for Professional Success

Sweksha Sharma is currently interning at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as a Research Panel Coordinator in their Economic Research Department. She started the position in the summer of 2021 and continued it over the fall semester. Most of her work involves reaching out to business leaders to encourage them to participate in the Business Uncertainty Survey of the Atlanta Fed.

Sweksha said: “I get to talk to business owners and managers from all over the country which I really enjoy. This role has helped me understand the importance of survey work in economics and appreciate the role of the Federal Reserve System in the economy. My favorite part of the internship is being able to join in on economic briefings and forecasts where current issues are being discussed. It truly feels like I am at the center of economic decision-making! 

This internship has encouraged me to challenge myself and explore my interests. I am hence planning to study abroad next semester at the TIO University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. I am really looking forward to exploring the Netherlands and the rest of Europe while learning more about global markets, international relations, and my interests.”

Sweksha Sharma is currently a junior at ASC with a dual major in Mathematics-Economics and International Relations.

An International students internship experience with CDC through the Bevier program.

My name is Aluel Deng Arou (she/her/hers). I am a senior double majoring in Public Health and Biochemistry. This summer, I interned with the CDC  Bacterial Meningitis Laboratory under the Division of Bacterial Diseases where I assisted the team with testing the meningitis samples. I received this internship through the Bevier program, the public health internship program at Agnes Scott that places public health majors and minors into different internship sites. This internship experience taught me a lot of invaluable skills that I can apply in different work environments. The thing I enjoyed most about this internship is the supportive group dynamic that helped me thrive and grow in this position. Everyone prioritized my learning and made sure that I was getting the skills and experience I needed which helped me to develop my research and oral communication skill set.”

My summer abroad as an International student by Georga-Kay Whyte ’22

I studied abroad in Madrid Spain in June 2021. I took intermediate Spanish language and culture courses at Universidad Nebrija. During my study abroad experience, not only was I working on my language proficiency but I was able to immerse myself in Spanish culture by getting to visit prominent museums and landmarks including the Retiro Park, Prado Museum, and Plaza Mayor I was also able to explore neighboring cities in Spain including Toledo, Segovia, and Barcelona.  While I was in Spain, I was able to get an authentic experience by living with a host family and attending school with native Spanish speakers. The biggest takeaway from my experience was the importance of language in connecting with others. I was able to push myself to learn more than I ever did before because I realized that the more I knew the more I was able to connect with those around me.

ASC Welcomes Global Scotties

The Center For Global Learning extends a warm welcome to all new and returning Scotties and especially to those who joined us from outside the U.S. We are excited that 17 International and exchange students joined our global community this past week. Our global community members represent a wide range of countries and cultures, including:

Austria, Barbados, Belgium, China, France, Kenya, South Korea, Sint Maarten, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. 

Please help us welcome our Global Scotties when you see them in the classroom and around campus.


Congratulations Global Scotties

International students form a core part of Agnes Scott’s global learning focus. They contribute their intercultural perspectives, their language expertise, and they model many different ways of global citizenship. At the Center for Global Learning we are grateful for the many wonderful moments with our international students and we would like to congratulate the following global Scotties:

Sofia Aladas – Graduated with a BA in Political Science and Economics

Hannah Brendell – Graduated with a BA in International Relations

Nicemode Charles – Graduated with a BA in Biochemistry and Economics

Hajar Harda – Graduated with a BA in Psychology 

Princesse Karemera – Graduated with a BA in Economics . 

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Mihika Rao – Graduated with a BA in Astrophysics and Economics and was accepted with a full scholarship to the PhD program at the University of Virginia starting fall 2021. 

Ting Xue – Graduated with a BA in Physics

Weiyi Zhou – Graduated with a BA in Biology and minor in Chemistry and was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania.

We wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Please be in touch and let us celebrate your milestones with you!

Happy Study Abroad Day 2021!

The COVID pandemic frames this anniversary in a completely new way. In the Center for Global Learning we know that so many of you had to cancel or shift plans, we know that you are longing for the moment to pick up your delayed dreams of studying abroad for a summer, a semester, or the academic year. All we can say right now is — “Hang in there, we are with you!”

Despite the pandemic, global learning is continuing and it might help to take some solace from the fact that education and learning are part of the “long game.” We want to mark this unique Study Abroad Day with a special episode on the Agnes Scott Leading Everywhere podcast series. Listen to Hannah Brendell ‘2021 conversing with alums Na Than ’13 and Tehseen Dossul ’11 how being proficient in multiple languages has helped them navigate different work and learning environments and prepare for international careers.

IEW 2020: Global Learning, Careers, and Languages

Intercultural competencies and foreign language proficiency are among the most coveted skills in the global work environment. Join the Center for Global Learning for a roundtable conversation with two international Agnes Scott alums on Tuesday, November 17, 1-2pm EST. Nga Than, who graduated in 2013, and Tehseen Dossul, who graduated in 2011, will talk about how being proficient in multiple languages has helped them to navigate different work and learning environments and prepare for international careers.

Click here to join the conversation on November 17, 1-2pm. (If you encounter problems, paste this link into your browser:

Make sure to check out the full program for International Education Week here.

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Nga Than studied mathematics, economics, and history at Agnes Scott College and spent a year in Germany researching the Vietnamese expatriate community. Nga Than is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology at the Graduate Center of CUNY. Nga Than speaks Chinese, Vietnamese, and German.

Profile photo of Tehseen Mariam Dossul

Tehseen Mariam Dossul graduated from Agnes Scott in 2011. She speaks Urdu, Hindi, English, German and is currently learning French. After studying at Agnes Scott and in Germany, Tehseen is currently a manager at Amboss, a medical technology company with offices in New York City, Berlin, and Cologne, Germany.

Being an international student in the US during COVID 19 and how it affected me

In my country, babysitting is not a business, it is just an act of generosity and a gesture for genuine love. Mostly, young children in the family (little nephews, cousins, and sisters) are always at the forefront of this generous act. As one of the youngest children in the family, my mother has always lent me to my newlywed uncles to watch over their first children. However, this experience left me with separation anxiety issues. Part of it was that, when I was five, my mom gave me to my uncle to be watching over his newborn daughter. With me being a well-spoken 5 year-old, my uncle’s wife wasn’t aware that I was still young and incapable of performing hard chores like older babysitters. She could force me to watch over myself and punish me like an adult each time I failed to accomplish my chores. This made me feel neglected, unwanted, and forced me to reflect on how worst my life could be without a mother. Therefore, making separation from loved ones, helplessness, and inability to take charge of the situation my worst fears.

With covid19 pandemic, these feelings and memories are freshly back. Being unable to go home in this global crisis makes me afraid and anxious of what might happen to my family members. Also, with my older siblings grown with their own families and my little brother being out of the country, I could feel my mother’s anxiety and stress of being unable to protect her youngest son and daughter. However, I feel the exact opposite. I want to be her superwoman for once. To me, this is the time to reciprocate how my mother has been protective and caring. I want to be there to do grocery shopping for her, fetch water, and get anything she might need. Unfortunately, the fact that I can’t go home makes me feel useless because I am not there for people who need me the most.

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