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Studying abroad can create life-long international friendships

December 28, 2011

Traveling to another country to pursue one's education can be rewarding in so many ways. The experience can give a student a more global view of life and the world, create career opportunities and give them a chance to meet friends from around the world.

Just ask Rudi Buntzel, a German exchange student who spent a year with the Runyan family of Whitehall, Michigan, in the 1960s. The White Lake Beacon reports that after Buntzel's stay, he has kept in touch with his host family and they have made trips to visit one another over the years.

"We have kept our friendship going for over 45 years," Dave Runyan, who is about the same age as Rudi, told the news source. "I visited Rudi in Germany in 1985 and he has been back to Whitehall in 1980, 1991 and this year."

When people make friends abroad, they may not be able to visit as often as they'd like, but international calling cards can be just the ticket to staying in touch with people around the world.

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