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Studying at a historically black college as an international student

Established prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are institutions of higher learning originally created to educate African American students before allowing them to attend college alongside white students.

Nowadays, HBCU welcomes students from a range of ethnicities and backgrounds while continuing to advocate for African American culture and scholarship.

The unique learning experience and sense of community that HBCU provides is well worth considering for international students interested in studying in the United States.

Fanuel Kofi began studying at a university in Ghana before transferring to Central State University, a historically black college in Ohio.

Below, he discusses his experience studying at HBCU, including how he discovered them, what support is available and how he settled into life on campus.

Fanuel Covey, Manufacturing Engineering, Central State University

I have always dreamed of studying abroad. I wanted to have the opportunity not only to learn a foreign language, but to develop, grow and get to know myself through the experience of studying in another country.

My family and I are from Ghana, but my father moved to the US in 2003. It was always part of his plan for us to join him in the US, but since we didn’t know when we would be able to, I started studying at a university in Ghana as soon as I finished my studies high school.

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