In our efforts to promote mutual understanding through international exchanges, Lehman sponsors and coordinates exchange programs with institutions from around the world. In addition to sending Lehman students abroad, Lehman is also host to international scholars from our partner schools. Among the many international educational agreements, our office supervises participants from our exchange programs with the Paris University (France), Sungshin Women’s University (Korea), and the MESCyT (Ministerio de Educación Superior, Ciencia y Tecnología) scholarship program (Dominican Republic).
Paris University and Sungshin Women's University Students
Participants on the exchange program with the Paris University and Sungshin Women’s University have the option of studying at Lehman for a semester or a year – the greater majority opt to study for a full academic year. They take courses in any field of interest, which may or may not be the same as their fields back home and later return to their home institutions to finish their degrees.
MESCyT Scholarship Students
MESCyT scholars receive scholarships from the Dominican Ministry of Education upon their high school graduation to pursue a degree at the City University of New York. Our office is currently the Lehman liaison to the MESCyT scholars.
Enriching the Lehman Community
These students greatly enrich life at Lehman. They become members of the Lehman community and share the same learning environments as other Lehman students. They add an international dimension to the classroom dialogue and often become active participant in Lehman life. Alumni and current participants work at various offices at Lehman and the City University, hold internships in community organizations, are in involved in student government, and also partake in Campus life activities.
Below, you will find a description of our program and bios for some of the Exchange and MESCyT students.
Thiara Pérez - MESCyT
I am studying Health Services Administration at Lehman College. I became interested in this field because I love helping people. I like the feeling and rewards that come with helping improve people’s lives, whether it is by directly providing care, or by supporting and managing the facility.
My father was the one who knew about this scholarship program and thought it was a good idea for me to come to New York to go to college. On the other hand, as young as I was (only 16), I was just excited about getting on a plane. After so many struggles, having to learn a new language, being far from your loved ones, being in the cold, being in the heat, and deprived from simple things we take for granted, I have come to realize this was the best decision I ever made. I have grown mentally and academically. My efforts have not gone unnoticed as I was recognized in 2007 by my scholarship program for my good grades.
One of the instances that motivated me to pursue this field was my experience taking care of my very ill grandfather back home. After I came to New York, I interned at an adult daycare program and on the weekends at a Nursing Home. I also interned at the New York Presbyterian Hospital for nearly four months.
I sincerely hope that with my experience and educational level, I will be able to bring new ideas to the Dominican Republic in leading successful health agencies.
Constance Lugagne - Paris University
My name is Constance Lugagne and I am currently in my second year of studies at the Institut Catholique de Paris. I am doing a double major in Art History and in English Literature and Civilization, both of which complement my passion for travelling and the discovery of new cultures. The idea of studying at an American university is very attractive to me, not only because of the high quality of the courses offered, but also because of the ideal learning environment provided by these institutions.
My professional objective is to eventually work in the art industry. Living and studying in the US will hopefully allow me to gain both, experience in the American world of art and exposure to its institutions, which in turn will further develop the skills that I have gained through my participation in internships, particularly in London as an auctioneer.
I have also worked with Annick Lapôtre, an art consultant who has worked for important collectors in the art world, such as the Thomson family; they currently have a collection in Ontario, Canada.
During my stay in New York, I am planning on developing a radio station that I hope to broadcast on the web alongside friends who work in media and in technological engineering. I consider this a great tool whereby I can expose people living in France to the American Art scene.
Dewin Andujar - MESCyT
My name is Dewin Andujar and I am Dominican. I am 27 years old, and I am currently enrolled as a full-time Computer Science student at Lehman College.
I became interested in technology when I was very young. I lived in the city of Azua in the Dominican Republic, where I attended INFOTEP (Institute of Technical and Professional Formation) and where I studied computers for the first time in my life. I became very interested in computers and their powerful contributions to the development of technology in the world. However, I did not have the resources in my hometown to grow in the field of computer science, because it is a poor city and technology is not advanced. I decided to move to Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, to seek better opportunities that would allow me to become a professional in my field. That is when I became interested in the MESCyT study abroad program.
Even though I already knew what I wanted to be, I really wanted to study in New York City. I knew this would be an opportunity for me to develop my career as a professional. Therefore, I was determined to obtain a scholarship to go study in New York, which I finally obtained in 2006. I interned in a website-development project at CUNY Graduate Center last summer, which allowed me to improve my programming skills. I am currently working at the CUNY Graduate Center in the Office of Property Management as a college assistant in connection with the IT Department. This job helps me develop my computer skills, and management skills as well. Furthermore, I am also the web manager of two websites:
The CUNY Graduate Center’s Business Office’s webpage: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/About-the-GC/Resource-Services/Business-Finance-Print-Shop
- I also manage a church site: http://cebronx.org/
During my studies here in New York, I have received many awards: VP Student Affairs and Community Relations, Student Senator, Student Reach Committee Representative, Leadership Academy, honor student, and Dean’s List recognition. However, with all of these recognitions and diplomas, I would like to get a better job and help others complete their professional dreams. Also, I would like to aid in the development of technology in the Dominican Republic, and see the country compete with more developed countries.
It has been hard for me to get to this point. I have had to adapt to a culture that is completely different from my own. I have worked with people from different parts of the world, when I was only used to seeing Dominicans and perhaps a few tourists. I had to confront the language barrier; in fact, I needed to learn a whole new language. Moreover, I had to learn to be more independent and responsible because mom and dad were not there to help me anymore. It was hard, and even today it is still a bit tough just being away from loved ones. Yet, I came here to pursue a professional career and I am focused, driven, and know that I will accomplish it. It is this goal that makes me get up every day and do what I have to do.
Myungin Hwang - Sungshin Women's University
My major is law. When I was in middle school I took an aptitude test and the results revealed that law was the field best suited for me. At that time, it was pretty unexpected because I did not think about the world of law. Since then, I became very interested in learning about the many injustices found in society. In Korea, my dual major is international trade and it is this field that I hope to further explore at Lehman.
I have travelled abroad several times as a teenager; although it was for a short period of time, I was very impressed and the experiences were always unforgettable. I strongly believe that studying abroad will broaden my personal and educational perspectives. Also, I would like to explore and appreciate new cultures and experience great personal growth. I am really pleased to study in New York, also known as the heart of the world, which is host to many cultural events and notable places.
As I like to explore new areas of society, I volunteered in a rural community. I learned the importance of understanding agriculture as a basic industry. I also volunteered at a school where I educate elementary school students. I was pleased to share my knowledge and philosophy.
I try my best to narrow my career path by seeking out as many opportunities as possible. Ultimately, I would like to work for the common well in public organizations.
Marie Monclus - Paris University
I became interested in communication and cultural mediation, because the organizational aspect of cultural events has always intrigued me. I have been attracted to both, the art and the business part of communication that we find in marketing. Yet, I was not sure exactly what those fields entailed, and that is why I decided to study them.
I love traveling and experiencing different cultures. So when I heard about the exchange program in New York, I jumped on the opportunity, because it is very important in today's world to have some kind of international exposure.
The United States is an incredibly influential country in terms of media, communications and business. Being particularly interested in art and business, I think that living and studying in such a great cultural and economic world center would be a great opportunity to get an internship, and build a network on the international level. It will also help me better comprehend every aspect of communications, and improve my knowledge of the American culture and the English language. Moreover, studying at Lehman will give me a great chance to learn more about communication-related fields, such as advertising and marketing. Although I am still debating on what field to choose, marketing or event management, I would like my focus to be on an international level.
In my everyday life, I have one activity that connects me with a part of my field of interest. I am a volunteer in a “House of Culture”, which gives me the opportunity to be in touch with artists since my role is to select the ones who will be shown in the gallery.
One of my hobbies is rollerblading. I have competed in championships, where I have obtained several awards and recognitions. I have been three times French champion and one time vice French champion in freestyle slalom.
Jimin Ha - Sungshin Women's University
I am majoring in biology and studying pre-med at Sungshin University. I decided to study abroad because I wanted to experience the education of a culture different from my own. I chose New York because it has a very rich cultural history for me to explore.
My interests in pre-med began when some of my relatives became very ill. I have a hard time with the sight of loved ones suffering and experiencing the passing of someone close to me. Instead of standing by and waiting for results, I would much rather take part in helping with the recovery or at least try to. Studying medicine would be the most direct way I could help out.
I volunteered at the Seoul station for homeless people. It is a medical division that provides diagnosis and medicine for the homeless free of charge. At first I was a bit scared of homeless people, but through this opportunity I learned a lot about how patients should be treated, and the importance of listening carefully to what they have to say. As I kept doing this volunteering service, I became more interested in the medical field and began studying harder.
With my degree, I will attend a medical school and continue my medical career to fulfill my goals of becoming a medical doctor. I want to become a doctor who can cure not only a patient’s physical pain, but also his/her mental pain. In other words, I want to be a good listener.
Eve Escofet - Paris University
My name is Eve Escofet and I live in Paris with my mother, who is French and Spanish. My father is Russian and lives in Moscow. I speak French, Russian and English and got myhigh school diploma in literature when I was eighteen. Subsequently, I studied Law and Art History for a year at La Sorbonne, but then I realized law was not really for me. That is when I chose a different double major at L'Institut Catholique de Paris in Art History and English.
As a student of the Catholic University of Paris, I have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in my senior year, and I am eager to do so at an American university. I believe New York is suitable for me because I am a dynamic, vivid and sociable person. I am interested in new enriching experiences in life. Therefore I am motivated to learn more about a foreign culture with a different approach in the education system than the one I am used to. I have always been interested in the American culture and the quality of their education.
I chose to study Art History and English because they combine a certain intellectual comprehension of our society. I project my carreer to be in arts. I come from a rather artistic background: my father is an artist in Moscow and my mother is a museum guide in Paris who also has a collection of contemporary art. Thus, I am stimulated to study abroad in scope to work in the art market later on.
Through my years in college, I have developed skills in critical thinking and in writing, especially in English. I like to, not only be an observer, but also actively involve in any of my endeavors. I want to familiarize myself with American cities that are home to numerous international institutions, historical places and well-known museums. I am an extremely dedicated and competent student who could be a valuable asset to Lehman College.
I enjoy dancing and I like being aware of new cultural events, such as exhibits, festivals, and cinema. Moreover, I am always concerned about what is happening in the contemporary world without disregarding our universal cultural heritage.
Ana Del Rosario - MESCyT
I am a senior student at Lehman College, majoring in Russian and minoring in French. I decided to do a B.A. in Russian because I love learning new languages and learning about new cultures. My goal is to continue perfecting the four languages I already know (Spanish, English, French, and Russian), so I can become a professional translator and interpreter. This is why I am planning to continue my studies in Europe.
I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. I became interested in the CUNY/MESCYT Scholarship Program, because I had always wanted to study abroad. New York became my primary choice since it has a rich cultural diversity.
I was the recipient of two awards in Brooklyn College for outstanding performance in French. I am currently volunteering as a Spanish interpreter in Times Square Church, and I love volunteering as an English interpreter for medical outreaches in the Caribbean!
Stephanie Tran - Paris University
My name is Stephanie Tran and I’m majoring in International business. After studying modern languages for a while, specifically English and Chinese, I also applied to major in Business and will be studying abroad in New York at Lehman College for the academic year of 2012/2013.
I became interested in International Business while I was in high school. At that time I was already focused on foreign languages and economics. I later decided to study languages at the University and to specialize in International Business. Ideally, I would like to work in an international company later on, therefore I believe this is the major I need to succeed in my professional life.
I did an internship in China last year as a versatile assistant in a consulting company. I enjoyed this experience because I learned a lot, not only about the Chinese culture and their working environment, which is very different from European countries, but I also managed to improve my Chinese language level.
I still have a lot to learn concerning the English language, which is why I want to study in the United States. I believe this opportunity to study abroad for a year will be of great value for my career, as well as a great addition to my resume, as studies in the United States are very renowned. I also hope to learn more about the American society from this exchange at Lehman College.
Last modified: Apr 2, 2013