Albania | (back to top)
Emanuel was born in Vlore, Albania and raised in Torino and Milano, Italy. He came to Oregon in August 2011 and studied at Rogue Community College where he had the honor of receiving the ICSP Scholarship. He is continuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University. He loves to share his experiences through ICSP while gaining a lot of knowledge from the other participants. What he loves the most here in Oregon is the amount of sports activities offered, not to mention soccer, which is on his top list.
China | (back to top)
Tiantian was born and grew up in Beijing, China. She obtained her diploma degree in Singapore and Bachelor of Science degree in University of Queensland, Australia in 2015. She just started her Master of Public Health degree concentrating in Epidemiology in OSU this fall. She has multi-national experience and would like to share her colorful stories. She is grateful to join ICSP family and she aims to spread Chinese spirit and traditions. She is excited to be involved in ICSP activities and she would love to meet people with diversified cultural backgrounds.
Colombia | (back to top)
Paulo Jose Murillo Sandoval
Paulo J. Murillo-Sandoval was born in Cali (Salsa World Capital) in Colombia. Being surrounded by this unique and amusing environment, drove him to challenge himself both personally and professionally and to set a life path. Paulo obtained a Bachelor in Topographic Engineering. Afterwards, he worked at Colombian Sugarcane Research Center monitoring sugarcane crops using satellite images. He loves working with spatial-data, satellite imagery and aerial images taken by drones for the observation of land covers, which are very important tools to identify land-uses changes. In addition to his academic background, Paulo also loves dancing, teaching salsa, listening to music and playing soccer. He deeply appreciates the opportunity to be part of ICSP and looks forward to sharing his thoughts and skills with OSU and Corvallis.
Congo | (back to top)
Gaetan Dauphin Nzowo is a native from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He speaks three languages: French, Lingala and English. He enjoys playing soccer and going to the gym in his spare time. He first arrived in the United States in 2013 and attended Portland Community College. For two years, he actively participated in student leadership from which he gained knowledge about social justice. He worked as the Sustainability Director and an Equity Ambassador at the Multicultural Center. He joined the ICSP program because he would like to provide firsthand diversity awareness that will challenge one’s personal biases. He is now a transfer student majoring in Civil Engineering and is passionate about giving back to his community as a future leader.
Mazen Elsheikh is a 17-year old Egyptian and was born in Oman, who recently joined Oregon State University. His major is Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and he lived in Oman for 8 years. His family moved to Saudi Arabia after that, and again he spent 8 years there. Those 8 years were his favorite, where he matured and met his lifelong friends. The school he attended was a British international school, and luckily they had a yearly event called International Day, so he was able to represent his country. Overtime, Mazen became a really good swimmer, and enjoys it to this day. Now, Mazen has earned the ICSP scholarship, which he saw as a great opportunity to share his culture with another country that may know very little about Egypt.
Rania Khater is an Egyptian physician who came to the USA in 2015 with her husband and kid. This Fall, she is starting her Master’s program in Public Health-Global Health at OSU and is feeling positive that she would enjoy the few coming years here. Rania just came back from a long summer vacation in Egypt and is all ready and eager to share her beloved country’s culture with all those interested.
Safia L. Oulmane
Safia is an international student from a city called Créteil, a suburb of Paris in France. People often get confused with “all her countries” when she explains that she was born and raised in France by an Algerian father and a Moroccan mother. So to make it simple, she likes to describe herself as a citizen of the world with a French accent. She recently earned her Associate of Science in Business from Portland Community College and transferred to OSU in the Fall of 2016 to pursue a B.A. in Political Science. With the recent heartbreaking events that happened in her beloved home country and the ones that keep happening all over the world, Safia takes her role as an ICSP ambassador to heart and is looking forward to promoting values of peace and tolerance. Besides English, Safia is fluent in French, Moroccan Arabic and Emoji. That's right, there is no way she can write any type of correspondence without spreading love and happiness through a smiling face emoji :)
Germany | (back to top)
Lena was born and raised in Lüdenscheid, a small city in the northwestern part of Germany. Even though this is her first year at OSU, she already spent there 4 weeks last summer, took some English classes and fell in love with Oregon, the school and its people. Lena loves to travel, to discover new countries and cultures and to make new friends from all over the world. She wants to pursue a degree in international business. Lena has always had a great passion for horses and participated in show jumping competitions back home. She enjoys to be outside, to go hiking and hanging out with her friends. Through ICSP, Lena hopes to connect with new people and learn about other cultures as well as to introduce her culture to others. She believes that peoples views are often shaped by the culture that they grew up in and therefore she can’t wait to get the chance to see things from a new perspective.
Hong Kong | (back to top)
Pak To Lee
Hello everyone! Pak To Lee (Jeremy) is a 23 years old undergraduate student in his senior year. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he is currently pursuing a degree in Natural Resources and a minor in Spanish. He enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and watching many other sports. In addition to speaking his native language Cantonese, he also speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish. He has a keen interest in acquainting himself with different languages, as they are great tools to understand others’ culture. The best time of his life came two years ago, when he went study aboard in Chile. He got to meet the indigenous people and learned a little bit about the Mapudungun-speaking population. After joining the ICSP in 2015, he has had a fun time sharing his cultural experience with the local communities. He is looking forward to another exciting year with the group!
Indonesia | (back to top)
Vania is a first year student from Jakarta, Indonesia. With more than 17,000 islands, it is the biggest archipelago in the world, and very rich in culture and diversity. She is Chinese Indonesian - a significant ethnic minority in Indonesia - and she lived in Singapore for 9 years before going back to Indonesia. She came to Oregon State University in September 2017 to pursue an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. Her hobbies include watching videos of an assortment of animals (usually cats/corgis/sloths/llamas), finding new places to eat, playing piano, and reading books. She is very excited to be part of the ICSP family because she loves sharing about her culture, and learning about other people’s cultures, especially through food!
Japan | (back to top)
Aoi Ueda is from Japan, but lived in three other different countries: Brazil, Hong Kong, and Singapore. She is majoring in earth sciences, oceanography in OSU since fall 2016, and it is her first time living in the US, so she is looking forward to explore other cultures, she has never got in touch with. She currently does Karate, since freshman in high school, but she also used to play other sports like basketball and soccer. She enjoys watching movies and tv shows, that she often gets too deep into. She is looking forward to share what she has experienced and to expand her knowledge about other countries through ICSP.
Kenta Noma is from Hiroshima, Japan and he is a graduate student majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Kenta is interested in Renewable Energy Systems and Management to he can contribute to environmental protection after the program. He learned different cultures through his backpacking around South East Asian countries. He wishes to know more about different cultures through ICSP experience and excited to share his own cultures! Kenta loves sports, watching movies and traveling. He biked all the way around Taiwan just before he came to the US. He is excited to explore the beautiful nature in Oregon!
Kazakhstan | (back to top)
Alisha’s hometown is the largest city of Kazakhstan - Almaty. It is also called “South Capital” by locals. Since the time of the Soviet Union, Almaty remains the most culturally developed city where people of almost any nationality can be met. Thus, she has been interested in the culture and traditions of different nations from the very childhood. In 2015, she graduated from Technical Lyceum #165 which is well-known for its in-depth study in mathematics and physics. Presently, she is getting a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. In addition, she was engaged in table tennis as a professional player up to 16 years old. In 2010, she became a national champion among girls born in 1997. She thinks “this sport has been the safety valve when I was a teenager.” At a spare time, she enjoys reading classical Russian literature and taking photos of beautiful scenery and historical sites. Despite the fact that music is not her strongest side, she also likes playing national musical instruments such as dombra or kobyz.
Malaysia | (back to top)
Katrina Kayora Ong
Katrina Ong comes from a town called Sandakan, on Malaysian Borneo. She is currently starting her first term at Oregon State University as a junior in Merchandising Management. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new places and hanging out with friends. She also likes to keep herself updated with the skincare and fashion world. Katrina particularly loves Korean food. She is new in Oregon and is eager to see more of this beautiful part of the US. By joining the ICSP family, Katrina hopes to broaden her cultural awareness and establish meaningful friendships.
Mexico | (back to top)
Wilberth Gibran Santa Cruz Ruiz
Wilberth Gibran Santa Cruz Ruiz was born in Mexico and had his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. After several years of working experience, he is studying MBA with concentration in Innovation Management at OSU. He likes playing chess, going to the gym, reading and dancing salsa. He was recognized for his outstanding performance during several national volleyball tournaments around Mexico. He joined to ICSP to foster the student diversity at OSU and to share some experiences and customs in which the beautiful Mexican culture is involved.
South Korea | (back to top)
Jae Hyun Kim
Jae is transferred to OSU from Portland Community College in Fall 2017, and she is majoring in Graphic Design. She has visited Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Kentucky and Chicago. Jae enjoys listening to music and traveling around. She joined ICSP because she likes to communicate and share the culture. Through ICSP, she is hoping to get a chance to meet new people and participate in many cultural events.
Vietnam | (back to top)
Linh is an international student from Vietnam. It has been 3 years since she first came to the U.S. She is working toward a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and planning to apply for pharmacy program at OSU. When having free time, Linh enjoys playing the piano and drawing. She is also a fan of outdoor activities and sports, like tennis, swimming and hiking. She is very excited to be a part of ICSP to share her own experience as an international students and Vietnamese culture as well as making new friends and learning new things from others.
Thi Ho is from Daklak province, a highland of Vietnam. She traveled to the US three years ago to follow her dream of becoming a good doctor. She comes to OSU to obtain her bachelor degree in Biology. Hiking and biking are her favorites in free time. Besides that, she loves food and likes to introduce Vietnamese dishes to friends. Through ICSP, she hopes to share the values of Vietnamese traditions and learn more from other cultures around the world.
Cat Hoang was born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She is excited to be a Beaver after two years attending Portland Community College. She is a junior in Microbiology and minor in Chemistry. She loves cooking Vietnamese dishes and share them with her friends. Besides cooking, she also enjoys dancing and playing with cats. Through ICSP program, Cat hopes to share her culture and brings awareness about cultural diversity as well as social justice and sustainability. She is always eager to meet new friends and learn about their values and culture.
Tuong was born and raised in Sai Gon, Vietnam. She attended Portland Community College (PCC) for two years before transferring to OSU. She is currently a Student Program Assistant for Community and Leadership Development at OSU. She coordinates late night programs, which help build community for students living in residence halls. She is a junior in mechanical engineering. Besides her passion for engineering, she enjoys traveling and exploring new cultures. Tuong has been a part of the ICSP program since she came to OSU in 2015. Through ICSP program, she would like to help others understand better Vietnam’s culture and diversity while learning about other cultures. She is excited for another year of being a cultural ambassador to the OSU and Corvallis community.