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Keyu Wu

As a child growing up in China, Keyu Wu started learning English in third grade.

He and his friends didn’t think much of it – it was just another course they had to take.

All that changed when Keyu came to the U.S. as a high school exchange student. He spoke English well enough to get through daily conversations, but the longer he stayed, the more his English skills progressed, and the better he was able to communicate with others. The experience awakened in him what he described as an “exquisite feeling,” saying that language was the key that unlocked so many possibilities for him. 

Unable to control his desire to explore the world beyond the borders of his own country, Keyu enrolled at KU and studied abroad at the University of Regensburg in Germany. The thrill he experienced as a high school exchange student was rekindled as he explored 

Europe. Without hesitating, he picked up German as a minor, adding it to his Mechanical Engineering degree in July 2014. He’s now a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart, where he also continues to study German.

“I was able to experience, relatively deeply, the cultures and lives of two different lands, plus my homeland. I feel I have seen and lived what normally takes three separate lives.”

“During my application period, KU attracted me with its academic reputation, hospitality from its international admissions office and a well-structured application and support system for international students,” he said.

“Looking back, the University of Kansas provided me, along with other international students, a safe nest to reach out and learn about the American culture.”

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Our Statement on Diversity in support of Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk and the University of Kansas Black Student Union’s efforts to combat racism.
The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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