Meet Westminster International Students

Sahara Sheikh

Sahara Sheikh, Senior, Kenya

  • Public Health major, Justice Studies minor
  • She is a bibliophile and loves nerdy jokes
  • Fluently speaks English and Swahili
  • Favorite place in Utah is Westminster, where she received a full-ride scholarship to attend!

Julia Ashikbayeva

Julia Ashikbayeva, Senior, Kazakhstan

  • Double major in Economics and Finance, Applied Mathematics minor
  • While studying at Westminster, she went canyoneering, water rafting, yurt camping, traveled to different states, completed an internship, learned how to play guitar, participated in theatre productions and much more
  • Speaks 3 languages

Morgane Scheffer

Morgane Scheffer, graduate student, France

  • Studying Community Leadership with an emphasis in International Work
  • She dances everywhere—on the street, in her room, at a bus stop
  • Fluent in French and English and proficient in Spanish and basic Chinese
I dance everywhere—on the street, in my room, at a bus stop; it doesn't matter as long as I allow my full self-expression.
I love Moab. I think this is the best place I've been so far. Its landscape and spaces are so gorgeous and unique. Moab's natural beauty and vastness inspire me and invigorate me.
I chose to attend Westminster for its singularity. To me, Westminster is more about being part of a community than anything else.

Gulsum Bayazitova

Gulsum Bayazitova, Junior, Kazakhstan

  • Environmental Studies major, Economics minor
  • Speaks Kazakh, Russian, and English, and is learning French
  • Her favorite place in Utah is Southern Utah
I have lots of good memories associated with Westminster. Hanging out in the cafeteria with my friends, learning about each others cultures, and just having a good time. Those conversations and the friendships I made are priceless for me.

Felix Mantz

Felix Mantz, Sophomore, Germany

  • Global Politics and Development major
  • Has visited 13 countries
I like the fact that Westminster provides the flexibility to create a customized major to fit my interests. My favorite part about Westminster is that I was able to build a lot of personal relationships with people from different backgrounds. The people at Westminster are definitely the best part.