International Student SpotLight
Spotlight Student

Name: Fakher Al Zibari

Hometown: Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan

Major: Master in TESOL

Occupation: Formerly a translator for the U.S. Army in Iraq

Languages: Kurdish, Arabic, English

What shocked you upon coming to Valpo?  

  • Winter, due to arriving in February 
  • Very little public transportation in town
  • Hard to follow fast American speaking 

What do you like best about Valpo?  

  • Close to Chicago
  • Love the mild summer, fall, and spring seasons
  • The people are very friendly and helpful
  • University is not only focused on giving degrees

If you were given a flight ticket today, it would be to... 

  • Germany to visit family, or to South America (Sao Paulo and Ecuador).