Winona State University director of international services and cultural outreach Kemale Pinar said Thursday she’s hopeful that all of WSU’s 11 Egyptian international students will make it to the United States safely and in time for classes to begin.
So far, five have arrived in Winona with two more expected this weekend and the rest next week. While airports and other major trade hubs in Egypt are still open, the turmoil in the country has raised concerns about travel.
“People are not sure how to get to the airport,” Pinar said. “We are not able to get in touch with some students.”
The international students come from all over Egypt, Pinar said, and the university has used social media like Facebook in order to try and reach the students. So far none of the students have been affected by the recent clashes between protesters and the military, Pinar said.
When they do arrive at WSU, Pinar said, the university and international services office can provide counseling, help with travel arrangements and help with finding financial assistance or providing a place to stay.
“What the students usually want is to come and talk with someone,” Pinar said. “Students feel strongly about what is going on in their home country.”