Suphawat Nambuppha ’20 was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) through the Fulbright US Student Program for Germany during the 2021-2022 academic year. The ETA places Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to assist local English teachers and serve as cultural ambassadors for the U.S.

Nambuppha, who studied aboard in Germany while at Ship, is excited to return to the country and put his German language skills to work.

“When I left Germany the first time, I had established a special connection with the country and the people I met there. I knew that during the course of my life I would return to Germany, but I was not sure how and when. This Fulbright Grant was my ticket back, and being awarded this amazing opportunity was a dream come true,” he explained.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the US government and is designed to forge lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright Grants study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and find solutions to shared international concerns.

Nambuppha is Ship’s sixth student/alumnus to receive a Fulbright through the US Student Program since 2013. The university also boasts 20 Fulbright Scholars, making Ship State System leader in Fulbright grants.

Having majored in international studies, with a minor in German studies, Nambuppha feels ready for the challenging but exciting year ahead. He believes his time at Ship directly prepared him for this experience.

“I was able to greatly improve my German language skills; gain insight into how German classrooms functioned and learn how to live among and engage with others from different cultures,” said Nambuppha.

He sets off on his Fulbright journey in September and will continue his work through the summer of 2022.