(Joplin, MO) – Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) is welcoming 13 students from the Czech Republic who will have an opportunity to experience life on campus and in the surrounding community.
The students, who arrived on October 9, have been participating in three joint classes that are offered between Missouri Southern and its partner university — the University of Hradec Králové in the Czech Republic. The classes — history, art, and international business — are being team taught by professors from both universities.
“We already have a normal student exchange with Hradec Králové,” said Dr. Chad Stebbins, director of the Institute of International Studies. “So, this is a separate and unique, once-in-a-lifetime chance for these students to visit the United States.”
The Czech students will participate in campus activities, such as attending athletic events, the musical “Happy Days,” and a MOSO Connect luncheon — an event designed to engage faculty and staff while networking and learning more about what MSSU has to offer. They will also explore the region during trips to Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas, the Maple Leaf Parade in Carthage, Missouri, and an Amish community.
Students at Missouri Southern have had the opportunity to engage with these students virtually and will be able to get to know them in person. In December, a group of MSSU students will be studying in the Czech Republic, where they will already have made acquaintances.
“They will be getting the full cultural experience,” said Stebbins. “It’s a great opportunity while they take these joint classes.”
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