International Students: Reaching Beyond the Classroom

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With an increasing number of international students coming to the U.S. to earn their graduate degree it is essential to provide support throughout their time as part of our colleges and universities. Learn key insight from the perspective of an international student regarding the acclamation process encountered both in the educational system and American culture. Discover new strategies your office can implement to support this student population beyond sending the acceptance letter and I-20.

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Melissa Ford
Director of Graduate Admissions
University of Mary Hardin Baylor

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International Students: Reaching Beyond the Classroom

  1. 1. International Students: Reaching Beyond the Classroom MELISSA FORD DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE ADMISSIONS UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR
  2. 2. Outline  GRADUATE INTERNATIONAL ENROLLMENT GROWTH  CONNECTING WITH INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS  PREPARING FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ARRIVAL  PROVIDING EFFECTIVE STUDENT SERVICES
  3. 3. 126 258 230 324 618 1035 86 190 180 235 452 445 11 10 16 73 149 0 200 400 600 800 1000 Spring 2012 Fall 2012 Spring 2013 Fall 2013 Spring 2014 Fall 2014 Applied Accepted Arrived Graduate International Student Enrollment Growth at UMHB
  4. 4. Connecting with Graduate International Students  Utilize your relationship with current international students  Learn about your new student’s culture  Be available to them  Acknowledge the challenges they are facing by coming to the U.S.
  5. 5. “ ” I’ve enjoyed the independence, meeting new people, and being able to share my culture with other people. WHAT HAVE YOU ENJOYED THE MOST ABOUT COMING TO THE U.S. TO STUDY? Angelica Villafuerte, M.Ed. ’13. Ed.D. ’17 from the Philippines
  6. 6. Preparing for Arrival  Communicate using wording they best comprehend – remember they are not here yet Fall or Spring “intake” Fall semester (August start date) and Spring semester (January start date) “Small doubt” “Please do the needful”  Outline housing options month in advance  Know their culture  Provide arrival and orientation expectations
  7. 7. Providing Effective Student Services  Network with your community  Develop an “international friends” program  Involve students in organizations with domestic students  Encourage conference and research presentation opportunities
  8. 8. Questions?

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