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Why We Like the Twin Cities

Last fall, the Minneapolis Star Tribune announced that the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) is ranked the best city in America to live. Luckily for us, the University of Minnesota is located in the heart of the Twin Cities. We asked a few of our current GO Minnesota students to share what they liked best about the U of M and their host city. Here's what they had to say:

Khoa Vu
Ello Canti

Elio Canti, Switzerland - Fall 2015

"I chose Minnesota due to the reason that I love ice hockey, snow, and urban areas. The U of M, therefore, was a perfect mix of being surrounded by major league teams, close to the center of Minneapolis, and, last but not least, the chance of snow is quite high...I googled the U and the state [of] Minnesota, and I was overwhelmed by the campus, nature, and all the things I could read about Minnesota. I couldn't wait to become a part of it.

Another top experience was the university life. All the students are open-minded and trying to get in contact with each other. Therefore, it was kind of like becoming a big family in the dorms, in classes, and with the exchange program group. That's the other thing-I like the "Minnesota Nice" slogan. You can speak to people and they are nice to you. It's fun to get into the community; you can ask a person to help you, and you can meet [people]. I like the mentality.

I'll use this opportunity to say thank you to Leah Brink. She made it really easy for me to get through the application process and she always helped someone if you couldn't get further. I also want to thank the whole GO Minnesota team for giving me this breathtaking experiences.

Last but not least, I also want to say that if someone's interested in a semester abroad, I would recommend going to Minnesota. It was the best decision I've ever made, and I'm glad that I can say I did it this way instead of doing the California mainstream thing!"

Khoa Vu
Jing Xu

Jing Xu, Minzu University - Academic Year 2015-16

I like the library here. In China, because Beijing is very crowded, sometimes it is very hard to find an available seat in the library because there are too many students. But here I can study anytime and anywhere I want.

I have a class with twelve students and two teaching assistants; I can get more feedback from my teachers. It is very different from China. 

I will graduate [from my Chinese University] in June. I am applying for graduate school at Carlson [School of Management]. I think this exchange experience was very meaningful to me because before I was unsure if I will attend graduate school or where to finish school. I think these three months have helped me to answer those questions.

Note: These profiles were originally published by GO Minnesota, a program that offers short-term (3-4 weeks) and semester-long study abroad options for international students at the University of Minnesota.

Date Published: February 2016

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