International Student Stories
International students at Westmont College come from many different backgrounds throughout the world. Some left their countries for the first time to attend Westmont. Read on to discover how their time on campus has shaped their lives.
“My biggest takeaway from Westmont was getting to know my professors, as they cared for me personally, which is the case for most students.”
Yiqi "Shiny" Shen, China
“International students can take advantage of various resources and participate in clubs on campus. Westmont takes care of us well and helps us feel like part of the community.”
Olivia Tandadjaja, Indonesia
“No one can do life alone—it takes a village, a community, to rally around you and build a good life. Through my experience at Westmont, I’ve seen how God takes care of us through people around us.”
Marie Odile Ndayishimiye Uwineza, Rwanda
"Westmont is a great place to grow your faith. Through my New Testament class, chapel, and difficult conversations with my roommates and professors, I got more of a grasp on what I truly believe and built concrete foundations to support everything I learned."
Ashton Kelly, Australia
"It was easier to find my place at Westmont as a missionary kid than at my previous school. The professors were super considerate and valued my unique perspective. International students have so much to offer Westmont and vice versa. My biggest take away from my time at Westmont is summed up in its motto. I want Christ to hold preeminence in my life."
Daniel Kohl, Jordan
“I appreciate the connections I get to make, as everyone is caring, supportive, and friendly. It allows me to grow and be the person I want to be without any fear.”
Mfolozi “Flo” Dlamini, South Africa