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Learn more about life as an international graduate student through the experiences of our alumni. These graduates share the reasons they chose Chapman and how our school prepared them for their future careers. 

In addition to reading the profiles below, we encourage you to connect with one of our international student ambassadors. Our ambassadors are current international graduate students themselves. They are able to answer any questions you may have about transitioning to Chapman. Feel free to reach out to any ambassador directly. 


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+ - Louis Ehwerhemeupha - M.S. & Ph.D. in Computational and Data Science (Nigeria)

You can learn more about Louis in this article from Chapman magazine!

Louis Ehwerhemuepha
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Why did you choose Chapman?

I chose Chapman University because it was one of the few universities offering the degree I was seeking and because I was assisted in getting the scholarship I qualified for. 

How was your transition coming to Chapman?

First, it was a feeling of curiosity getting on the airplane from my home country. I didn’t know what to expect or what lies ahead of me.

Then it was a feeling of thrill arriving at the Los Angeles airport, seeing how beautiful the Orange campus is and how cordial the community is.

And right now, having made friends among my peers and professors, it is a feeling of love and the satisfaction that comes from the pursuit of excellence.

What have you enjoyed about your time as a student here?

The strategic location of Chapman is such that I am only a short drive from some of the best places of attraction in Southern California, including Disneyland and the beauty of the surrounding cities, such as Newport Beach and Catalina Island.

What services and resources have helped you the most in development for your future career?

The most important opportunity Chapman has provided is accessible professors. I had the chance to participate in interdisciplinary research with many professors.

Furthermore, I have had the chance of gaining teaching experience by tutoring during the first year of my studies, and presently teaching a physics lab as an adjunct faculty. 

What advice would you give to someone considering Chapman?

If you are motivated and Chapman offers the degree you are seeking, apply.

 

You can learn more about our M.S. and Ph.D. in Computational and Data Sciences here.

+ - Dielle Fernandes - M.S. in Food Science (India)

Dielle Fernandes
India

Why did you choose Chapman?

Its diverse course options, location and opportunities provided. 

How was your transition coming to Chapman?

It was challenging, but the diverse individuals at Chapman helped me transition easily. I learned a lot in my first semester and the faculty are very encouraging.

What have you enjoyed about your time as a student here?

I have enjoyed all the multiple intercultural events and opportunities presented at Chapman.

My flexible class schedule gives me time to volunteer off-campus at the AIDS Service Foundation in Orange County and help confirmation students at the Holy Family Cathedral in Orange.

With regards to Chapman’s student life, the University being close-knit makes it easier to provide personalized education for students. Also, the diversity and inclusion at Chapman helps international students realize their full potential. 

What services and resources have helped you the most in development for your future career?

Career and Professional Development has organized the Career Passport program for international students. This helped a lot with my professional development skills, like building my LinkedIn profile, resume writing and interactions in formal settings.

The Tutoring and Writing Center has helped me improve my scientific writing skills and formation of sentences.

Besides these, my Food Science program has organized Networking Night, dinner meetings with the Southern California Institute of Food Technologists and conferences that provided networking opportunities with professionals. 

What advice would you give to someone considering Chapman?

This University is worth it! Chapman really is the place to grow as a global citizen and attain a quality education. The excellent location and weather is an added bonus.

For those applying to U.S. schools, integrity is key. The tuition is worth the education. Apply early and never give up!

+ - Tram Nguyen - MBA (Vietnam)

Tram Nguyen

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Why did you choose Chapman?

I chose Chapman because the small community benefits me a lot. It is easy to develop connections with professors and students.

Chapman has very good resources, programs and connections with other well-known institutions that I can benefit from, such as Janes Financial Center and Wall Street prep course. That is why, after I completed my bachelor’s degree here, I returned for my MBA.

How was your transition coming to Chapman?

I was shy and quiet before Chapman. After my undergrad here, I became more confident and outgoing. Most students were American, which helped me quickly adapt to American culture and improve my English.

What have you enjoyed about your time as a student here?

I love all the people at Chapman. They listen to my stories and help me achieve my goals. Every time I struggled with any classes, I was encouraged to meet and discuss with professors in their offices.

The residential area around Chapman is also nice and quiet. I enjoy the small town with friendly people and a wide variety of food (Italian, American, Mexican, Japanese, etc.).

What services and resources have helped you the most in development for your future career?

I attended two excursions from Chapman’s Career and Professional Development and fell in love with these. I got to visit companies and talk to the recruiters. It is very useful for me to know what employers want in order to have a good preparation for my job applications.

What advice would you give to someone considering Chapman?

Choosing the right university is important because you need to learn and grow. Environment and your lifestyle are more important than a school’s ranking. If you want to explore and develop relationships with professors, Chapman will be suitable for you.

 

You can learn more about our MBA programs here.

+ - Rinzhin Tshering Sherpa - M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Nepal)

Rinzhin Sherpa

Nepal

Why did you choose Chapman?

I was attracted to the research projects at Chapman’s School of Pharmacy (CUSP). Dr. Parang kept in contact with me and guided me through the process.

How was your transition coming to Chapman?

I had already been in the U.S. for 4 years as an undergraduate student prior to Chapman. I found the same, if not more, level of support at Chapman as a graduate student. I would say that Chapman has advanced my development as a researcher.

 What have you enjoyed about your time as a student here?

My time at Chapman has been a great experience. Mostly due to the tremendous support I have received from my advisors, professors and staff.

After finishing my M.S., I have decided to continue for a Ph.D. at CUSP. California is an amazing place with beautiful weather and Orange is one of the best places to be.   

What services and resources have helped you the most in development for your future career?

As a scientist, it’s important to have resources to conduct research. Even though it’s still in its initial stages, the School of Pharmacy has been able to provide great research infrastructure and core facilities. This has been invaluable in progressing my research, as well as gaining practical experience in different techniques. 

What advice would you give to someone considering Chapman?

I have found Chapman to be a great institution for any student who has motivation and drive.

As an international student, it is important to be attentive about paperwork from admission documents to visa application.

 

You can learn more about our M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences here.

+ - Melanie Villarreal - Joint MBA/M.S. in Food Science (Mexico)

Grad student Melanie Villarreal
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Why did you choose Chapman?

I chose Chapman because it is the only university that offers the joint Master in Food Science and MBA. The combined program is so thoughtfully planned that it provides all the tools to pursue a career in the food industry.

How was your transition coming to Chapman?

Moving to Orange County was exciting. I had been here to visit Chapman and I fell in love with the campus. I do miss my family and friends back home, but I've made great friends here and I enjoy getting to know more of this city.

What have you enjoyed about your time as a student here?

Orange County is a great place to live. Every weekend there is something new to do. I love going to the beach, Disneyland or Anaheim Angels games.

In addition, Orange County has many company's headquarters and corporations that provide great opportunities for employment.

What services and resources have helped you the most in development for your future career?

Not only does Chapman provide excellent education, but the faculty and alumni connections provide valuable guidance and support to help students reach their goals.

Thanks to my faculty advisor, Dr. Prakash, and Chapman alumni, I got a job as the innovation manager for a California-based snack food company where I get to apply both of my degrees. 

What advice would you give to someone considering Chapman?

Choosing Chapman was the best decision I could make. I advise students to keep deadlines in mind, fill out the application carefully, and have constant communication with the admission department to make sure everything is in order.

If possible, I also recommend students visit Chapman and meet with the faculty.

+ - Esteban Zuluaga - MFA in Film and Television Producing (Colombia)

Dielle Fernandes
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Why did you choose Chapman?

First, because its film school is considered one of the best in the country. For instance, Chapman students created Stranger Things, the Netflix series.

Secondly, because the culture and passion shared by students and faculty. Chapman has something unique, and that is its students. It is a huge family that understands and practices the sense of community.

How was your transition coming to Chapman?

Coming from Colombia to Chapman was amazingly smooth. The support I had from the school was tremendous. They helped with all the logistical details and made me feel I wasn’t alone at any time.

What have you enjoyed about your time as a student here?

I’ve enjoyed every day since I came here. The amazing classes and strong relationships I’ve developed have been enriching and valuable.

I have spent most weekends on sets producing films, and I have learned how crucial collaboration, discipline and enthusiasm are to succeed in this field.

I have found student life to be the perfect balance between hard work and fun. Events like pre-screenings of movies that include Q&As with directors, producers and writers from Hollywood is just one example of how being a Chapman student can be fun and beneficial. 

What services and resources have helped you the most in development for your future career?

Having access to experienced faculty members and guest speakers is a privilege that only we have. For instance, having a one-on-one conversation with Jay Cox [producer of Avatar, The Jungle Book and The Dark].

Also, Career and Professional Development has helped me polish my resume and cover letters so I can get internships and jobs more easily.

In addition, all the events I’ve attended with alumni have helped me expand my network and get to know people in the industry. 

What advice would you give to someone considering Chapman?

Coming to Chapman has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. If Chapman offers a program you like, don’t hesitate to apply.

As an international student, I advise you to work hard on the application essays. We all have wonderful stories to tell, and experiences to share, but it takes time and effort to articulate them well enough for the opportunity to come here.

 

You can learn more about the MFA in Film and Television Producing here.

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