Group 7 pp international studentsPresentation Transcript
Counseling International Students Group 7 Dana Barnes McKenzie Cary Marilyn Fitzpatrick John Warburg
International students, sometimes referred to as foreign students, are students who enroll in post-secondary courses or programs outside of their country of origin.
In the United States, an international student is any student who is not a US citizen, immigrant or refugee.
International Students by the numbers
International Students in America
According to the Institute of Institutional Education: Open doors 2010
The total U.S. Higher Education Enrollment for 09/10 was 19.562 m
690,923 international students came to the U.S. to study in 09/10
127,628 students from China
104,897 students from India
72,153 students from South Korea
28,145 students from Canada
26,685 students from Taiwan
International students and their families contributed approximately $18.776 billion to the U.S. economy.
International Students Must:
Complete admissions process for the University
Submit a signed completed international application with application fee
Submit a Certificate of Immunization form
Provide an Official Transcript (or records showing a completed high school diploma) along with English translation
Provide proof of proficiency:
Test English Foreign Language minimum score of 500 or
Satisfactory completion of English as a Second Language Programv
Provide proof of financial support:
Sponsor (with room and board)
Submit the Students and Exchange Visitor Information System Data Form
F-1 Visa for International student status or J-1 Visa Exchange students status
Form 1-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student
International Students in Georgia
The University System of Georgia (USG) has enrolled over 19,000 International Students from nearly 200 countries in its 35 colleges and universities!
“ The USG respects the important contributions that international students and scholars make to our colleges and universities, and it supports international communities on all of our campuses.”
International Students in Georgia
“ The International Education mission of the University System of Georgia is to strengthen the global dimensions of teaching, learning, research, and service throughout the University System of Georgia. The goals are to ensure that all USG students attain an appropriate level of international knowledge and understanding that enables them to participate fully and successfully in a global society, and to provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff to create expanding levels of international knowledge at System institutions.”
Georgia International Student Statistics
In the United States, Georgia ranks 13 th in number of Int’l Students
Georgia Institute of Technology has over 4,000 international students
University of Georgia has over 1,800 international students
Tuition and fees from international students $296.3m
Living expenses for students and dependents $256.9m
International students approximate total contributions based on enrollment data $383.9m
International Students challenges faced
Challenges for International Students
Expectations are different from that of the students home country
Academic Honesty: Clearly define what plagiarism and cheating entails
Assignments: Instructions must be very detailed oriented as to what the expected outcome should be
Classroom Etiquette: Policies such as attendance, dress, forms of address, and behavior should be discussed
Culture Shock: Cultural Differences
Friendships: While current events are spoken of, most personal issues are not
Dress: Will typically be informal unless specified otherwise. Also some clothing is mandatory and appropriate.
Greetings: Issues of space and contact may come into play
Schedules: Punctuality is stressed more in the US and Canada
Withdrawal from people who differ from the student
Counseling International Students
In other cultures counseling for issues is frowned upon. It is the job of university professionals to be on the lookout for symptoms of culture shock.
Six phases suggested for helping students
Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Don’t settle
Universities ask that international students have a substantial amount of money in their accounts prior to acceptance, but afterwards students still need more for living expenses beyond tuition.
Finding employment can be difficult and sometimes impossible due to visa issues
International Students academic issues
The different classroom culture is a major issue for international students. This is most apparent in the relationship between students and faculty.
In several foreign countries, the professor is the authority.
Students are not permitted to challenge, question, or disagree with the professor.
Students in foreign countries cannot offer their own opinions and they do not discuss issues.
Class participation does not seem to occur because students are expected to absorb information.
However, in the United States, students are taught to express their opinions because it is valued and is often a significant part of their grades.
International students often have adjustment issues in the classroom because they are not accustomed to speaking out and it is more challenging if English is their second language.
Informality in the classroom is another daily occurrence that causes stress for many international students.
Adjustment Issues (continued)
International students have never been in a learning environment where the instructor sits around casually with students.
They are not used to students drinking soda in class and walking in late or leaving early.
Also, they are confused about the concept of group work.
Adjustment Issues (continued)
Many adjustment problems of international students are relatively unknown to faculty in colleges of the United States.
Therefore, faculty development workshops and seminars should be arranged to increase understanding of international students and to develop supportive response patterns to them.
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