Before Penn State senior Chris Lengerich went to Chile as a sophomore to study for a semester, the Hershey native had an interest in international relations. But he saw it from a new perspective when he came home. "It opened my eyes to how many international students are on campus at University Park," he said, referring to more than 3,600 international students studying on campus. "It's amazing how, if you look, you can meet people from all over the world, but if you're not looking, you could very easily miss them too."
When Karan Jani of India thought about going to school in the United States, he imagined himself in a big city, surrounded by tall buildings and lots of people. Stepping onto the Penn State University Park campus for the first time was a bit of a surprise. "I've never been to the United States. It's different from what you see in movies and on TV," he said. Jani and other international students have found that the big university in the small college town is something they got used to quickly and enjoy now.