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ETSU Education Abroad  & Foreign Exchange Experiences

Rosie McVeighRosie McVeigh, a native of Tennessee’s oldest town, Jonesborough, took a year and a half off between graduating from University School, located on the ETSU campus, and beginning her studies at ETSU. She has traveled to nine countries so far. "I plan to study abroad in Spain this summer, and plan on going to Scotland after that. I’m 22, so that’ll be 11 countries at 22! I’ve been to England, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, India, Nicaragua and Canada. My goal is to visit all seven continents in my life." Read more>>

Darack NaDarack Nantonto is many things. He’s an inventor, a graduate student, a personal trainer, an Olympic hopeful and a leader. He’s determined to show those in his home country of Togo that he can succeed at both his academic and athletic aspirations. "I’m president of the Muslim Student Association and if I’m not in the lab, I try to work with the association, or because I am an athlete as well, I will be training. I’m hoping to represent my country Togo in the next Winter Olympics in the sport of bobsled skeleton. So if I’m not in class or in the lab learning, I’m in the CPA working out or in the Mini-Dome training." Read more>>

Grace IvyGrace Ivy is a third-year physical therapy student at ETSU. The Memphis native came to Johnson City after first earning her bachelor’s degree in Knoxville and then falling in love with the Tri-Cities region. Scheduled to graduate from the ETSU College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences as a physical therapist in December, Ivy found herself leaving the country for the first time ever earlier this year as part of an interprofessional service trip to Costa Rica. She has also found herself immersed in her latest endeavor – woodworking. Read more>>

Jessica MouldWhen Jessica Mould received an acceptance letter to join the accelerated master of business administration (AMBA) program at ETSU, she was tempted to ignore it. The thought of returning to the classroom 11 years after completing her bachelor’s degree in sport and leisure management filled Jessica with doubt and fear. However, she quickly realized that while the classroom might feel unfamiliar, ETSU is home. Her family and co-workers rallied around her to provide the confidence and support she needed to start the yearlong AMBA program, study abroad in Italy and complete the strategic experience required for graduation. Read more>>

Megha GuptaMegha Gupta came to the United States from her native Janakpur, Nepal, when she was 7 years old, and her family moved to Johnson City from Atlanta when she was in the seventh grade. In the years since her family’s arrival in the U.S., Gupta has overcome communication barriers, shyness and negative feelings about her differences, and today, the senior pre-medicine student is majoring in health sciences with a concentration in microbiology. She is also serving as the 2018-19 president of ETSU’s Student Government Association. Read more>>


Mahbubur RahmanMahbubur Rahman came to ETSU in 2012 to pursue his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences after earning his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Dhaka in his native country of Bangladesh. He quickly became acclimated to ETSU and the Johnson City area, and soon won statewide accolades for his work in helping fellow international students and others. Rahman has given presentations on his research both at ETSU and nationally, and he has co-authored articles that have been published in prestigious journals. Read more>>


Shelby MaidenShelby Maiden says ETSU has given her a future she’s excited about. The Campbell County, Tennessee, native walked across the stage at Spring Commencement earlier this month, receiving a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design with a minor in English literature. As a Fine and Performing Arts Scholar, Shelby took advantage of study abroad and research opportunities made available through the Honors College. She was named student of the year for graphic design and will move to London in the fall to attend The Courtauld Institute of Art to pursue her passion to study art history with the goal of eventually working in a museum. Read more>>

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