Our international students bring a rich diversity of background and life experience to Penn State York.
We invite you to enjoy the stories of two international students, who recently studied at York and have moved on to pursue their continuing education and career goals.
Mohamed El Sonbaty: “Study, learn, and achieve. I love Penn State York.”
Mohamed El Sonbaty, an international student from Egypt, chose the 2+2 plan so that he could attend Penn State York and begin his Penn State story at a smaller campus.
After two years of study at Penn State York, Mohamed moved to the University Park campus where he successfully completed a double major. Last May, he graduated from Penn State, earning degrees in electrical engineering and computer engineering.
Learn more about his journey to “…use electricity and technology to develop other countries that need help” by clicking the button below.
Urmil Parikh: “We are Penn State! Say it loud and say it with pride.”
Urmil Parikh graduated from Penn State York in December 2017 with a bachelor of science degree in Information Sciences and Technology and a minor in Business. After graduation, he was employed through Optional Practical Training (OPT) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Urmil credits his technical knowledge, communications skills, and professional networking opportunities to time spent at the York campus.
“It’s a great place to start exploring academic and social opportunities. Since classes are small, there is constant interaction with faculty. The campus has a great fitness center, gym, cafeteria, basketball court, soccer field, badminton court, tennis court, and game room—all conveniently located in or around the student center. It is easy to participate in clubs and student organizations on campus.”
Urmil was an orientation leader and a Global Engagement and Leadership (GELE) student leader. He took his first step towards entrepreneurship in the business startup challenge through The Graham Fellows Program for Entrepreneurial Leadership (The Graham Fellows Program). He also completed multiple internships with the assistance of his academic adviser at the York campus.
Currently, Urmil is pursuing information science and engineering at the graduate level.
Don’t forget to Review the Pre-Arrival Task List to prepare for your transition to Penn State York next August.
Questions? Contact Director of Student Affairs Scott Simonds at [email protected].