Recent News for International Programs

Mexican Professor Writes About Her June Experience at OSU

Posted on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

After returning from her month-long visit to OSU in June, Professor Miriam Lozano wrote about her unique opportunity in Oklahoma. Below is an excerpt from her article. To read the entire article, click here…

Lo Importante es Conocer by Miriam Lozano

Traveling and seeing other places is always fascinating because it changes routines and gives one the opportunity to acquire knowledge through lived experiences. It is even more valuable if the traveling is within an academic framework. Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), through the Northern Zone Rectory, which offers such an opportunity to its students, has now made the opportunity available to its professors – to improve their English skills.

This opportunity began with Oklahoma State University (OSU) this summer of 2010. Forty professors and thirty-two students attended business, engineering and English classes for a month.

San Luis Potosí, México ranked as a Zone of Major Economic Potential by the Financial Times with help of OSU partner university, ITESM

Posted on Monday, July 12, 2010

During the Spring of 2010, OSU partner ITESM’s San Luis Potosí campus participated in an international study to identify world-wide zones with economic potential to receive foreign investment. From the research, the city of San Luis Potosí was highly ranked in several categories. For a summary of the research, click here… For a list of the research results, click here

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Professors & Students from Mexico Study at OSU for Month of June

Posted on Friday, June 18, 2010

The School of International Studies welcomed 40 professors and 32 students from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) two weeks ago for a cultural immersion program during the month of June. The participants will be on campus through July 3rd. The students’ focus areas are in business and engineering, and the professors’ focus areas vary from mathematics to literature to sports to student development. On Fridays and Saturdays of each week in June, the group visits businesses and attends cultural activities. Among their weekend and weekly activities are tours of Kicker Speakers and Eskimo Joes clothes, presentations by the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and Tulsa City Government, visits to OKC Bricktown and Pawnee Bill Ranch & Wild West Show, and attendance to the Stillwater Community Band concerts. This is the third year for the program that has seen growth of over 300% from its first year when the Spears School of Business brought the 21 students to campus. Unfortunately, the program had to be cancelled last year due to the H1N1 outbreak.

For more information about the program or to set up an time to visit with the participants, you can go to the Summer Programs link at or email Jose Sagarnaga at

Mexican Graduate Student Awarded OSUccess Scholarship

Posted on Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Luis Serrano Luis Serrano, former exchange student from Mexico and a graduate assistant in the Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering department, was one of ten recent winners in OSU’s $1 billion fundraising campaign, Branding Success. Ten OSUccess scholarships were awarded from the OSU Foundation totaling $10,000. Students were asked to define in how they personally define success at OSU. Students were selected from each of OSU’s five campuses — Stillwater, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, the OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee and the OSU Center for Health Science — based on a photograph, 30-second video or 300-word essay.

Serrano came to OSU from his home in Chihuahua, Mexico. Luis arrived at OSU the fall semester of 2008 when he was obtaining his undergraduate degree in Mechatronics. Because of the opportunities that studying abroad provided him, he began to look for opportunities as a graduate student at OSU. After much hard work, perseverance, and dedication, Luis was able to obtain a graduate assistantship in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and to continue advancing his education. Luis hopes that his experiences and accomplishments demonstrate to OSU faculty and staff the importance of such study abroad programs. To view the feature O’Colly article, click on the following link:

The following is Luis Serrano’s award winning essay:

I consider myself a successful OSU student just by being present in class and coming from a foreign country. After being at OSU for a full year, I remember thinking how hard it was to beat that language barrier that most International students face. With patience, determination and self confidence, I was able to make friends and meet people who shared my passion for the environment. Participating in class helped me to grow into a proficient student by surpassing all of the expectations required of me. When an OSU student decides to go above and beyond of what the classes demand, the possibility of failing becomes slim. After attending mock interviews, career fairs, and seminars at OSU, my mind was exposed and challenged to meet all the requirements set by different companies and employers. Being a graduate student from the Biosystems Department and a member of the Sustainability Club at OSU has shown me the value of succeeding. The ability of organizing my time to attend meetings of the program Real Cowboys Recycle, helping OSU and the community of Stillwater every Wednesday and after football games in recycling Cans for Habitat, just gives me one more reason of why I am here. Succeeding is not only getting up every morning to go to class with a sole objective, but also growing as an individual by attending student groups, networking and meeting people. No matter how hard my classes seem to be, or how full my schedule is, I already know that the road of success will lead me to achieve my goal. With determination, patience and a single goal in mind, any OSU student can become a successful cowboy

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