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Grant brings foreigners to K-State over the summer

By The Mercury

A grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will bring 20 students from 13 foreign countries to Kansas State University this summer to study environmental stewardship.

The three-year, $600,000 grant was awarded to the university’s engineering extension program in the College of Engineering to coordinate a five week Summer Institute on Environmental Stewardship.

The institute will begin July 1 in Manhattan and conclude with a trip to Washington, D.C., in early August. The students — from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom — were required to undergo a rigorous selection process, initiated by an application to the Fulbright Commission for their particular country.

Students will tour Sunset Zoo, Flint Hills Discovery Center, the K-State nuclear reactor and the Konza Prairie among other trips.

A part of the requirements of the grant is to expose students to American culture. Participants will be treated to recreational Kansas experiences including Manhattan’s Arts in the Park, the Little Apple Jazz Festival, a Kansas City Royals baseball game, 4th of July and a canoe trip.

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