Around the World: Yuanhao “Franz” Lzu

Photo of Yuanhao "Franz" Lzu, China

Name: Yuanhao “Franz” Lzu
Major: International Trade
Country: China

“American society changed my mind about freedom. Your mind must be free.”

Yuanhao “Franz” Lzu said he “dreamed of coming to America, to see the real America” as a boy growing up in China.

His nickname “Franz” is German in origin but pronounced “France,” like the country. Franz studies international trade at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea and spent a month at the English Language Institute (ELI) immersed in the American Language and Culture program.

“It was a life-changing experience; it was an unforgettable experience,” said Franz. Here’s his story:

“I love the campus, I love the grass and the trees,” 3,500 trees in all spread across the Sacramento State campus. “We were studying in a forest. You can slow down and enjoy your life, work and studies.” About 120 miles east of Sacramento, he “saw an American forest at Lake Tahoe. There’s no pollution, only mountains and forests.”

Cultural exchanges occurred over dinner with his host family dishing up turkey and bacon sandwiches, while he served dishes that tasted, he hoped, like his mom’s cooking back home. And when his American host and ELI classmates invited him to hang out, he discovered “it was easy to make friends and relationships. It’s very friendly. I made a group of friends here.”

Franz practiced English with his new friends, conversational skills especially. “This is the real English. I love conversation,” he said. “It’s a good experience to see America with your own eyes.” And Americans, he added, “know how to enjoy life and now, I know how to enjoy life.”

“This is a fantastic school. I made a group of friends here.” – Yuanhao “Franz” Lzu, China

At 24, Franz came to Sacramento at a crossroads in his life. “American society changed my mind about freedom. Your mind must be free,” he said, and after a month of thought his mind was finally settled. With his language skils improving, he plans to enter a master’s program in business administration either in the U.S. or Europe.

The English Language Institute welcomes students from around the world.  Watch our video: “You are welcome here!” 

To learn more, please visit the American Language and Culture program and the English Language Institute web pages or contact ELI.

To hear Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen’s heartfelt message to our immigrant students, please see his video!