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MSC cultural exchange program brings students from Denmark to Tishomingo

4/11/2017

With their polished English, jean shorts and tennis shoes, they might not stand out in a crowd, but students from Denmark have once again made their way to Murray State College in Tishomingo.

For the third year, Murray State College is participating in a cultural and educational exchange program with Silkeborg Business College in Silkeborg, Denmark. 

President’s Scholar Program students from Murray State College visited Silkeborg for a week of classes and cultural learning experiences in late March.  Shortly after returning to Tishomingo, MSC students welcomed Denmark students to their home campus in Tishomingo, Okla.

Led by Silkeborg’s International Coordinator Peter Nymann Eriksen and faculty member Poul Sarto, this year’s class of 11 students arrived at Murray State College in early April for a week-long stay.  Students, eight men and three women, range in age from 17 to 35.

While in Oklahoma, the group has participated in an American potluck dinner with line-dancing lessons, a trip to the Chickasaw Cultural Center, a visit to Dallas/Ft. Worth and the Choctaw Casino in Durant, along with a trip to Lake Murray.  They also spent time at home with local students.

“The goal of this program is to have students interact with one another in their own settings.  By sharing their educational environments with one another, students have been able to form long-lasting bonds,” Eriksen said.

“It’s a great opportunity for MSC students to experience a culture that is so different from our own.  Everyone with whom we have worked in this exchange program has been so gracious and welcoming.  Each year it’s a great experience for all involved,” MSC President Joy McDaniel said.

After their time in Oklahoma, Denmark students will travel to New York City and Washington, D.C., capping off their 22-day visit to the United States.

“It might seem surprising, but our students report Oklahoma as being more like what they see in the movies than what they see in the big cities we visit.  They enjoy the dorms and the collegiate atmosphere here, along with friendly people and beautiful sunsets,” Eriksen said.

“We enjoy all the open space and slower pace.  It’s a great program, and we always appreciate the warm welcome here in Oklahoma,” Eriksen said.

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