International Student Stories

International Exchange Students Overcome Pandemic Challenges



Laure-Anne Bleuset

Home Institution: Excelia Business School (formerly La Rochelle Business School), France
Class Year: 2020
Major: Business Studies 

“I had to pack my things and leave the U.S. in one day,” Bleuset said. “it was a really stressful day/adventure back home.” Home happens to be La Rochelle, France, a bit of a trek.

“The best time I had at Stockton was when I was with my two roommates Kirsten and Janet and also my four friends from Colombia. We spent a lot of time all together on campus and visiting Philadelphia, North Jersey and New York. We really had the best time sharing food from each of our countries (USA, Mexico, Colombia and France). I also really enjoyed being part of the World Language Tables and met awesome people there!”

Read the full story by Mandee McCullough, Stockton URM

Exchange Students Breakdown Cultural Barriers through Storytelling



Laura Lopez, Nicolas Morales, Melissa Ruiz and Ivan Villalba

Hometown: Bogota D.C., Colombia
Class Year: 2020
Major: Communication Studies with a Concentration in Journalism

In September 2019, Partners of the Americas announced that Stockton, in partnership with Universidad Del Rosario, was one of the 13 winning teams in the latest Innovation Fund grant competition sponsored by Colombia’s Department of Science, Technology, and Innovation (COLCIENCIAS) and the U.S. Department of State. This grant brought a small group of Colombian Journalism students to Stockton, where they are working with Mariana Smith, assistant professor of Visual Arts and other Stockton faculty.

The students are keeping a blog, “Borders,” of their time in the United States and the experiences they’re having, including visiting New York City and checking out museums in Philadelphia.

Read the full story by Mandee McCullough & Susan Allen, Stockton URM

Choose Stockton: Choose to map out your plans.


Sam Al Hajjar

Sam Al Hajjar '19

Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Class Year: 2019
Major: Business Studies with a Concentration in Finance
Minor: Economics

"At first, Stockton was just a place where my previous university, Lebanese American University, had an exchange program. But the more research I did, the more I saw Stockton as a place to grow and evolve, and that is exactly what it gave me a chance to do. I found Stockton to have the environment best suited for me, while at the same time being affordable.

Wherever you're from, whoever you are, Stockton has a place for you!"

Read the full story by Mandee McCullough, Stockton URM

Choose Stockton: Choose to go global.

Sam Al Hajjar

Trang Phan '17

Hometown: Hanoi, Vietnam
Class Year: 2017
Major: Business Studies with a Concentration in Marketing

"I chose Stockton mostly because of my sister. She was the first one in the family to go study abroad, and she chose Stockton as her destination. When she visited home, she always told me stories about the university, the campus life as well as the opportunities she got while attending Stockton. After hearing about her experience at Stockton, the excitement was building up in me, so I applied and got accepted."

Read the full story by Stockton URM