1<br />Challenges<br />Facing <br />International<br />Students<br />Presentation for the Faculty of Applied Science & Eng...
2<br /> Agenda<br /><ul><li> Introduction
 What are the challenges students face?
 Personal
 Academic
 Professional
 Overview of the approach at Rotman
 Discussion</li></li></ul><li>3<br />International Student Population Increase<br />87.8 %<br /><ul><li> Increased 87.8% t...
 About 10% of undergraduates
 About16% of graduates</li></ul>Figures understate the reality since landed immigrants are not included<br />Source: Towar...
4<br />Unique skills and perspectives<br /><ul><li> Different perspectives allows for more balanced learning
 Domestic students gain from learning about and experiencing differences positively
 Universities can achieve excellence only by engaging the rest of the world
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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 Toronto) in August 2010.

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

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