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International Education Week is an annual celebration of the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

Furman University has a long history of welcoming international students and encouraging U.S. students to participate in education abroad.

A group of Furman international students gathered together for a photograph. Seated, from left to right: Beatriz de Winthuysen (Spain), Li-Ling Mao (China), Gilda Cheng (China), Beng-Cheng Oon (Malaysia). Standing: Romario Perdoma (Cuba), Charles Lenars (France), Seng Kok Oon (Malaysia), and Speer Dick Matalka (Jordon). – 1952-1953, Furman University, Special Collections and Archives

Furman student from China, Gilda Cheng, serves tea to some of her fellow international students. – 1952-1953, Furman University, Special Collections and Archives

The Furman Cosmopolitan Club gathered together for a photograph. The Cosmopolitan Club was an organization on campus made up of students who wished to gain world understanding by taking advantage of the opportunity to socialize with Furman’s international students. Seated, left to right: Teresa de Winthuysen, Ruth Littleton. Second row: Jerry Wayne Burkette, H. K. Lee, Jim Conklin, John Kang, Jai Choy. Back row: Gurmit Braich, and James Sherwood. 1957-1958, Furman University, Special Collections and Archives

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Chen Pengyu says:

Long history of having international students!

Christy says:

The first “international student” we are aware of is Chu Jung who is listed in the 1898-1899 Furman catalog in the Preparatory school, and also in 1899-1900 catalog listed under Sub-Freshmen.

He is also listed in the Roll of Students on page 122 in the General catalog of Furman University, 1852-1899, by C.C. Brown. The information in this book was supplied by the alumnus.

The listing is:
Jung, Chu – Canton, China, 98 [this number means he attended the entire 1898 term which ended in 1899].
Born, Nov. 12, 1869, Canton.

Jung is also mentioned in the article, “Class-Room Life at Furman,” in the November 17, 1898 issue of The Baptist Courier.

The first mention of foreign students at Greenville Female College was in the 1909-1910 catalog which listed students from three foreign countries.

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