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.