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“Since I was little, I dreamed of studying at a college abroad,” said sophomore Priscilla Silva Vilar from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “NEO has given me the opportunity to fulfill my dreams. NEO is a place where, even so far from home, I feel at home and welcome.”

She continued, “I am part of the choir, the vice president of Student Body Government and in environmental club. My advisor, Elizabeth, the professors, and employees have gone out of their way to help me. NEO is a place where it is possible to fulfill my dreams, meet people from all over the world, and make friends for life.”

Countries represented on the NEO campus:

  • Ghana
  • Chile
  • England
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Serbia
  • Croatia
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Brazil
  • New Zealand
  • France
  • Italy
  • Monte Negro
  • Pakistan
  • Switzerland
  • Slovenia
  • Jamaica
  • Iran
  • Canada

“I was interested in studying business administration in America,” said freshman student Sina Azerain from Tabriz, Iran. “I was looking for a reputable and quality college on the internet. My uncle lives in Oklahoma and suggested NEO to me because he studied here thirty years ago.”

Most international students are members of an athletic team, but many attend NEO solely for their academics.

“I decided to study and play soccer in the United States, and I found an awesome place with excellent professionals, great facilities and a good atmosphere at NEO,” said freshman student Catalina Cohen Orellana from Coyhaique, Chile. “It means a significant improvement throughout my life because this opportunity will let me achieve my dreams with discipline and build a consistent future.”


It is important for NEO to serve international students to continue to give our students a diverse experience on campus.

“The interaction between NEO students and international students is highly beneficial for academic and social development, especially in today’s globalized environment,” said international student coordinator Elizabeth Flees. “We benefit from the cultural perspectives of international students while also experiencing cross-cultural learning opportunities. This has resulted in a more diverse campus at NEO.

For more information, contact international student coordinator Elizabeth Flees at eflees@neo.edu or 918-540-6174.

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