The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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May 12, 2013

For international students, graduation is a family affair

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MANKATO —

Where students come from often depends on political stability or instability and economic conditions. Saudi Arabia, for example, has been more aggressive in providing government scholarships to students who enroll overseas.

Alnazil said his tuition, housing, fees and airfare were all covered by the government.

Rodrigo and Ganhewage are hoping to find jobs in the United States. “We hope to stay but we will go where the jobs take us,” Rodrigo said.

The only time the couple has returned home during their tenure here was May of 2011 when they got married.

Ganhewage said their experience in Mankato has been great, save one thing.

“Nothing was bad. The only thing we miss is the food.”

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