This year, the International Office is pleased to welcome twelve new KGSP Foundation Year students to UT Austin. The KAUST Gifted Student Program is a scholarship awarded by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology to top-achieving students in STEM fields from Saudi Arabia. Before beginning their undergraduate programs in the U.S., these students attend a one-year foundation program which consists of standardized test preparation, academic coursework, and variety of cultural and leadership activities. This fall has been especially busy for the students, as they prepare for TOEFL and SAT exams in addition to keeping up with a rigorous course load. The students were happy to take a well-deserved break earlier this month on a kayaking trip to a beautiful and secluded area of Lady Bird Lake. The trip was a great activity for building teamwork and leadership skills, as well as the perfect opportunity for the students to finally relax, decompress, and have some fun after taking the SAT earlier that morning.
Then, after weeks of studying for exams and putting the finishing touches on college applications, the students were excited to get in the Halloween spirit by attending Six Flag’s Fright Fest in San Antonio as part of the International Office’s Texas Excursions last weekend. The students explored haunted houses, went on roller coasters, and most importantly, got a chance to get to know other international students.