What Indian Hills International Students are Saying...

Rafael Summo, Brazil“I knew this was going to be a big challenge, because I did not know any English, and I was going to live without my family for two years. The ESL classes were very helpful in learning the basic concepts of the English language. Being an international student is one of the most valuable opportunities that I have had so far in my life, and I am sure that this experience will remain in my mind forever.” —Rafael Summo (Brazil), Arts and Sciences
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Walter Mejias, Venezuela“My instructors at Indian Hills have been very friendly and willing to help me succeed in any way they can. I have a small business back home and the college's business and English classes will be especially important for me to be successful in the future. This was a great opportunity for me to get my two–year degree.” —Walter Mejias (Venezuela), Arts and Sciences
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Gustavo Souza, Brazil“My experience at Indian Hills has been amazing. The campus and the small environment gave me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. I have made friends for life, which is really important to me. The cost of attending a community college before transferring to a university is very nice, and the transfer process was easy. Being able to play soccer at the college level was also a great experience.” —Gustavo Souza (Brazil), Arts and Sciences
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Freddy Letamendi (left) and Sebastian Carrion (right), (Ecuador)“We came to Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, from a large town in Ecuador where we didn't know each other before we got here. It has been an adjustment coming from two seasons to the four seasons in Iowa, but Indian Hills offers a lot of opportunities to keep busy in the months we can't be outside.” —Freddy Letamendi and Sebastian Carrion (Ecuador), Arts and Sciences
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Joy Ann Robinson (left) and Joelyn Robinson (right), (Caribbean)“As sisters, we were excited to learn about the many different activities available to Indian Hills students. From the international parties where we learn about different countries, to the transportation services offered to take us grocery shopping or stock up on supplies. The International Affairs team has been so great in helping us succeed in our academics and our general well–being.”
—Joy Ann Robinson and Joelyn Robinson (Caribbean), Arts and Sciences
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Roberto Barriga, Ecuador“One of the main reasons I chose Indian Hills is because it is one of the few community colleges that offers student housing. It is nice to be close to my classes and my job, which is right on campus, as well. Being able to work on campus has helped improve my skills in English and time management.” —Roberto Barriga (Ecuador), Arts and Sciences
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Aoi Nishino, Japan“Since attending at Indian Hills, my English skills have improved greatly. I am studying accounting, so my math skills have improved as well. The community and people at Indian Hills are very friendly and have helped me adapt well to the area. I also enjoy the weather here because I live in a warm country where I’ve never seen snow before.”
—Aoi Nishino (Japan), Arts and Sciences

Mei Ling Wong, Hong Kong“I came to Indian Hills because of the agriculture and entrepreneurship program. This program provides a seamless transfer option, which will help me transfer to a four–year university. Indian Hills offers a more affordable tuition, as well as several scholarship options to students who apply and qualify. I also enjoy the countryside view in Centerville. The small town helped me adapt easily.” —Mei Ling Wong (Hong Kong), Sustainable Agriculture and Entrepreneurship

Ujunwa Vera Okwukaogu, Nigeria“Being a nursing student at Indian Hills has been a wonderful experience and I have had great hands–on training with my clinical work. Once I graduate from Indian Hills, I plan to take the exam to become a Registered Nurse. I intend to transfer to a university to obtain my BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) degree, and then practice nursing in the United States.”
—Ujunwa Vera Okwukaogu (Nigeria), Nursing

Saddik Aytouna, Morocco“Indian Hills Community College is my first experience attending college. I have faced serveral challenges thus far, many that I never thought I would come across, but as a result, I have become a more confident person. To me, one great thing about Indian Hills is that it gives various opportunities to meet people from different countries and learn more about their cultures.”
—Saddik Aytouna (Morocco), Computer Software Development

Luke Hansen, New Zealand“Being part of the Indian Hills baseball program is one thing I love about Indian Hills. Coming from the other side of the world (New Zealand), the coaches and all of my instructors have been a great help in making me feel welcome and comfortable here in Iowa. This has been a great place for me to grow and learn.” —Luke Hansen (New Zealand), Arts and Sciences

Dario Polanco, Dominican Republic“I came to Indian Hills Community College because it gave me a great opportunity to play baseball and to learn more of the English language. I enjoy living on the the Centerville campus because it is smaller and everyone knows who you are.”
—Dario Polanco (Dominican Republic), Arts and Sciences


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