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May 2015

Danish Students Visit Eastern Oklahoma State College for Cultural Exchange Program

EOSC President Stephen Smith and students from Silkeborg Business College in Denmark.

Eastern President Stephen E. Smith gathers with students and instructors from Silkeborg Business College in Denmark during their visit to the college.

For the second consecutive year, Danish students from Silkeborg Business College in Denmark visited Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton for a one-week cultural exchange program.

A group of 26 students and two instructors arrived on campus recently. Prior to their arrival, Eastern students became “Denpals,” sending letters to the Silkeborg students to help create a friendly bond overseas. They also utilized social media to share videos that represented their respective cultures.

“It was good that we got to know someone before arriving,” said Emilie Bak Sand, a student from Silkeborg.

The one-week adventure began with a welcoming presentation at the Johnnie Wray Theatre in Pratt Hall. The Danish students were introduced to Eastern students, faculty and staff and learned more about the college and their agenda for the week.

During the weekend, the Denpals went to Robbers Cave State Park where they enjoyed zip lining and hiking in the area’s most scenic and well-known park. They also enjoyed a cookout on campus and were able to spend more time with their friends from across the Atlantic Ocean.

Throughout the week, the Danish students attended a variety of classes with their Denpals to understand how the educational process works at EOSC. They also explored the town of Wilburton and traveled to Tuskahoma to experience southeast Oklahoma’s Native American culture.

Another Danish student, Casper Wincentz Jensen, said “The culture here exceeded my expectations. Everyone here was open-minded and welcoming.”

Before their departure at the end of the week, the Silkeborg students gave a presentation to Eastern students, faculty and staff that explained the lifestyle habits and government functions of Denmark, whose population is ranked as the happiest in the world.

“It is really great and eye-opening to experience another culture,” said Jace Newby, an agriculture student at EOSC.

Eastern faculty and staff are working on a study abroad program that will send students to Silkeborg, Denmark to reciprocate the relationship. The college hopes to have the program ready for Eastern students for the spring 2016 semester.

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