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Student prepares for life in global arena

Yagmur Discioglu, a sophomore from Istanbul, is participating in the dual-diploma program conducted by the State University of New York and Turkish Council of Higher Education. Participants spend their freshman and junior years studying at Turkish universities, and their sophomore and senior years in New York State.

Discioglu said her decision to study at Binghamton was influenced by the University’s long-standing relationship with Bogazici University, the college she attends in Turkey. “I relied on this good partnership between the two universities when choosing this program, and also the fact that the program offered two diplomas — one from Bogazici University and one from Binghamton University,” said Discioglu, 20, of Istanbul.

Katharine Krebs, director of the Office of International Programs and one of the program’s coordinators, is glad that more international students are opting to study at Binghamton.

“We are really delighted to have the dual-diploma program,” said Krebs, who noted that Turkey had not previously sent many students to this campus.

And Discioglu is delighted to be at Binghamton. She said the school has lived up to its academic reputation and that her favorite elements are the professors and the lectures.

While in the United States, Discioglu wants to improve her English and focus on learning within a different culture. The part of the experience Discioglu finds the most valuable is interacting with people from different cultures while speaking English, a non-native language.

“Hopefully,” she said, “I will be part of the global arena in the future by using the experiences that I gained both in Binghamton and in Istanbul.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08