International Student Essay Contest
Cross-Cultural Narratives: Stories and Experiences of International Students features past winning essays from the contest.

Everyone has a story. We're excited to read yours!

CGPS was pleased to launch the 9th annual International Student Essay Contest! It is now closed. Check back in the fall for details about next year's contest.

Along with many partner offices on campus, we have a rich tradition of welcoming international students from all parts of the world. The mission to foster international understanding and cross-cultural awareness on campus and in the community is as important as ever.

The purpose of this annual contest is to give interested applicants an opportunity to tell their stories and share the experiences and perspectives of being an international student with the larger University community. CGPS is pleased to collaborate this year with the Division of Student Life and the Graduate College.

Everyone has a story. Join us for the next essay contest and tell us yours for a chance to win $500!

What do you miss most from home? Was it hard for you to adjust to your new student life in the U.S.? What did you not understand when you first arrived to UD? 

Essay Topic

 


Studying at a U.S. university can be a challenging yet rewarding experience for many international students. Whether you spent the fall semester online or in-person, in the U.S. or abroad, please share your personal stories and experiences about how you dealt with new ways of learning, cultural norms and values, challenges and opportunities during your time as an international student at UD and in the US. Topic ideas include:


What prepared you for this experience, who/what helped you along the way?

How did you navigate local customs, traditions and communication protocols?

What did you wish others understood better about you and your culture?

Prizes

 

Undergraduate Students

Grand Prize: $500

Second Prize: $250

Graduate Students 

Grand Prize: $500

Second Prize: $250

ELI Students

Grand Prize: $500

Second Prize: $250

Funds for winning essays will be placed into student accounts.

Eligibility

 

You must be an enrolled international student in the fall, maintaining F or J visa status at the University of Delaware.

Application Deadline

The 2022 contest is now closed. Check back in the fall for next year's application deadline.

Document Requirements

 

Maximum of 1000 words; Typed in 12-pt size, Times Roman font; Double spaced; 1-inch margins on all sides; Includes page numbers.

Permission Notice

 

By submitting your entry, you agree that your essay might be published by CGPS on the web or in a publication.

 

Entries will be judged on content as well as literary style.  Please make every attempt to submit an entry free from spelling and grammatical errors, and rich in experiential content. 

 

Essay Contest Winners

2022

ELI Students


1st Prize

Maika Inoue
Japan

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2nd Prize

Jisa Ko
Japan

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Honorable Mention

Serah Azami
Afghanistan

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Faiza Saeedi
Afghanistan

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Undergraduate Students


1st Prize

Atiqah Zulhiani
Malaysia

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2nd Prize

Ahmed AlJahwari
Oman

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Honorable Mention

Nikki Ismayilova
Azerbaijan

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Graduate Students


1st Prize

Ioannis Vasileios Chremos
Greece

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2nd Prize

Davidson Nwaonu
Nigeria

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Honorable Mention

Sotheara Veng
Cambodia

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2021

ELI Students


1st Prize

Angie Valeria Robles Romero
Colombia

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Undergraduate Students


1st Prize

Annika Stein
Germany

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2nd Prize

Adaeze Amanfo
Nigeria

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Graduate Students


1st Prize

Chao Liu
China

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2nd Prize

Sulav Kafle
Nepal

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2020

ELI Students


1st Prize

Norah Almousa

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2nd Prize

Essa Nahari

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Undergraduate Students


1st Prize

Emma Perichon

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2nd Prize

Jady Young Perez

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Graduate Students


1st Prize

Sarah Coomson

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2nd Prize

Abhinav Prabhakar

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2018

ELI Students


1st Prize

Aisha Moafa (Saudi Arabia)
"My New Name is 'Practice'"

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2nd Prize

Somi Kim (South Korea)
"How did you go about understanding local customs, traditions and communication protocols?"

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Undergraduate Students


1st Prize

Carolina Gomez (Colombia)
"My First American Football Game!"

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2nd Prize

Josefina Fernandez-Davila (Peru)
Untitled

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Graduate Students


1st Prize

Fabian Martin Rempfer (Germany) 
"Bread in Deutschland"

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2nd Prize

Ashwini Sansare (India)
"People and Places"

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2017

1st Prize

John Wambui (Kenya)
"A Gentle Spectacle!"

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2nd Prize

Mehmet Altingoz (Turkey)
"Long Road to America!"

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3rd Prize

Edgar Salazar (Colombia)
"Highways? No Way!"

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2016

1st Prize

Chamath Chandrasekera
(Sri Lanka)
"The Sandwich Cononumdrum"

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2nd Prize

Xueyao Liang (China)
"From Lost to Found in Translation"

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3rd Prize

Ugochukwu Nsofor (Nigeria)
"American Wonder!"

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2015

1st Prize

Zamora Kervin (Honduras)
"From the Dirt Roads of Honduras to the Red Brick Walks of UD"

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2nd Prize

Chouhan Ashish (India)
"The Broad Horizon"

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3rd Prize

Olsson Hanna (Sweden)
"The missing suitcases – a metaphor of my life at UD"

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2014

1st Prize

Olga Parshina (Russia)
Untitled

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2nd Prize

Byron Acosta (Colombia)
"Newark: A Cozy Home to Keep Us Together"
 

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3rd Prize

Yuqing Wang (China)
"Out of Hot Water: Culture Shock in the United States"
 

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2013

1st Prize

Subramani Sockalingam (India)
Untitled

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2nd Prize

Rodrigo Moreno (Chile)
Untitled

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Honorable Mention

Karim Rebiai (Belgium)
"A New Culture - Help Me, I'm Drowning!"

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