Eight students from Vietnam, and one from Denmark, were welcomed to Claremore by the city council this week.
"We consciously made a decision to start recruiting international students once again to Rogers State once we had housing available," said RSU President, Dr. Larry Rice. "We've had international students for some time—most were already in the United States at a community college. But the students we have here tonight are students that RSU has recruited from their home country to be here for academic reasons."
Rice said the students are living on campus and will be integrated into the community.
"We're excited about the opportunity it brings to Rogers State University, and also for the international goodwill and what they will provide to the citizens of Claremore," he said. "To the students, the city of Claremore welcomes you. We're happy to have you."
RSU International Student Recruitment Consultant, Barry Clark, was credited with recruiting these nine students.
Clark said, "Thank you for letting us be a part of your meeting. It means a lot to these students."
The students are seeking degrees in computer science, accounting, business administration and management.
"It's a pleasure to have you here in the United States, Oklahoma and especially Claremore," Mayor Bill Flanagan told the students. "We wish you the best of luck in your studies."