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Presentation on the challenges that international students face as they transition into a new academic environment. This presentation was delivered to the Faculty of Engineering (University of ...

Presentation on the challenges that international students face as they transition into a new academic environment. This presentation was delivered to the Faculty of Engineering (University of Toronto) in August 2010.

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  • 1. 1
    Challenges
    Facing
    International
    Students
    Presentation for the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
    Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
  • 2. 2
    Agenda
    • Introduction
    • 3. What are the challenges students face?
    • 4. Personal
    • 5. Academic
    • 6. Professional
    • 7. Overview of the approach at Rotman
    • 8. Discussion
  • 3
    International Student Population Increase
    87.8 %
    • Increased 87.8% to 6,641 from 2001 to 2005
    • 9. About 10% of undergraduates
    • 10. About16% of graduates
    Figures understate the reality since landed immigrants are not included
    Source: Towards 2030, http://www.towards2030.utoronto.ca/full.html
    * Estimated figures for 2010includes landed immigrants
  • 11. 4
    Unique skills and perspectives
    • Different perspectives allows for more balanced learning
    • 12. Domestic students gain from learning about and experiencing differences positively
    • 13. Universities can achieve excellence only by engaging the rest of the world
    • 14. Canadian education becomes more competitive in the long run as it is more aware and integrated into the world economy
  • 5
    The Challenges Overview
  • 15. 6
    Personal Challenges
    • International fees are 2-3 times of domestic fees for many programs
    • 16. Significant investment
    • 17. Long separations from family
    • 18. Basic needs must be addressed first
    • 19. Establishing new social network
    Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • 20. 7
    Personal Challenges
    • International students face significant cultural and linguistic challenges:
    • 21. Integration versus self-imposed segregation
    • 22. Handling diversity of classrooms
    • 23. Cultural barriers
    • 24. Domestic students vs. international students
  • 8
    Academic Challenges
    • Classroom Expectations
    • 25. formality, grades, etc…
    • 26. Plagiarism
    • 27. understanding
    • 28. Group Dynamics
    • 29. cultural differences
    • 30. style differences
    • 31. skill sets development
    • 32. Professors & Students
    • 33. domestic and international
    • 34. Administrators & Students
    • 35. problem/crisis awareness
    • 36. Assessments
    • 37. customized workshops/programs
  • 9
    Professional Challenges
    • Development of soft skills
    • 38. Development of professional network
    • 39. Graduate vs. Undergraduate
  • 10
    Unique Challenges
    • The challenges are unique depending on the program, country of origin, etc…
    • 40. No one size fits all
    • 41. Needs are different depending on program, country of origin, gender, among other attributes
    • 42. For example:
    • 43. Graduate business students have more pressure towards professional accomplishment
    • 44. Students from India have greater pressures to settle down
  • 11
    Rotman’s Orientation Approach
    • Connect with students early, before they arrive
    • 45. Pre-program 360 Assessment
    • 46. International Student Orientation Programs
    • 47. Mentorship Programs
    • 48. Mid-term check-points
  • 12
    Rotman’s Orientation Approach
  • 49. 13
    Questions?
    Laura Wood
    laura.wood@rotman.utoronto.ca
    416.978.3943