The Edmond Sun

December 20, 2013

UCO students receive grants to study in Taiwan

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Two University of Central Oklahoma students will expand their global perspective next semester thanks to grants from Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology in Taiwan.

Connor Jones, a freshman from Oklahoma City, and Ava Paine, a sophomore from Tulsa, received study grants that will cover the cost of their round-trip airfare and housing while overseas. The grants also relieve recipients of any tuition fees to the host university, allowing students to continue to pay tuition directly to Central.

Jones, an international business major, said he pursued a study abroad program in Taiwan to learn Chinese. In addition to required language courses, Jones will take a full slate of business classes while abroad.

Paine, a family life education major with a minor in Asian studies, chose to study in Taiwan to complete courses for her minor and because it is part of her personal history.

“I was excited to study in Taiwan because I’m Chinese, and I want to take advantage of the opportunity to travel to that part of the world now, while I can. The study grant makes a big difference for me,” Paine said.

The pair will be the only foreign students at the university in spring 2014.

In addition to their studies, Jones and Paine will tutor students from their host university in English and American culture and work directly with Chien Hsin University students who will study at Central to prepare them for their time in Oklahoma.

Each plans extensive travel while overseas to various Asian countries including India, Japan and Korea.

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