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Group project International Students COUN 7132

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Group project International Students COUN 7132

  1. 1. International Student Development COUN 7132 - Group 4 Angela Graham Gia Johnson Kaylyn Moran Tyanne Pethel
  2. 2. International Student Characteristics Quick Facts • • • • • Approximately 720,000 Foreign Students in US 45% Female, 55% Male 89% Single, 11% Married 92% Full-time, 8% Part-time Largest majority are from Asia (23% China)
  3. 3. International Student Characteristics Quick Facts • • • • More than 50% pursuing Graduate level degrees Primary source of funding: Personal or Family Homesickness- #1 Issue Language Barriers- #2 Issue
  4. 4. Where International Students Study • Top three states: California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts and Illinois • What about Georgia? Ranked 12th (15,359) GA Tech (5000), Emory (2000), GA State (1500) • Top five countries of origin: China, India, South Korea, Canada, Taiwan
  5. 5. Top Areas of Study
  6. 6. Issues Facing International Students • • • • • • Language Barriers Cultural Barriers Social Isolation Financial Hardship Transportation Discrimination / Exploitation
  7. 7. Language Barriers • TOEFL- Test of English as a Foreign Language • Impacts Communication with Professors and Peers – Oral and Written Accents Colloquial sayings Many classes consist of lectures and papers
  8. 8. Cultural Barriers • Dealing with stress International students less likely to consult a professional when dealing with stress, depression or academic challenges • Academic Plagiarism (Cultural Vs. Academic) Learning Styles and classroom culture • Freedom of choice Elective courses • Social Cues
  9. 9. Social Isolation • International students cite cultural and language barriers as a major source of stress and alienation • Lack of connection to traditional family/cultural support network leads to feelings of isolation and loneliness • Excessive study habits due to pressure to perform well academically, as expected by family who provide financial support, reduces social contact
  10. 10. Social Isolation, Cont. • International students may have high levels of conflict with self-exploration and growth • Daily Struggles
  11. 11. Financial Hardship • Not eligible for Federal or State Financial Aid • F-1 Student visa holders are not allowed to work once in US (USCIS regulations) • Required to pay out-of-state tuition • Student’s family struggle to provide funds to cover tuition, books and living expenses
  12. 12. Transportation • Bus (Some but not all schools are on the public bus route or provide school shuttles) • Bicycle (On campus & metro area schools) • Marta (Limited to institutions within the metro area) • Car (DDS-Must prove eligibility via immigration documents and photo ID)
  13. 13. Discrimination / Exploitation • Issues with Immigration International students are often scared to report crimes against them for fear of deportation International students who are working often face poor working conditions and are afraid to complain for fear of reprisal (being reported to immigration) Many students struggle with housing issues (overcrowding, overt discrimination from realtors)
  14. 14. Discrimination / Exploitation Perceptions Since 9/11 Sometimes Looked Down on by American Students – Dress, Food, Speech Perception of Advantage – Asian Students
  15. 15. Crisis Warning Signs • Infrequent class attendance; excessive tardiness • Changes in personal hygiene or dress • Social withdrawal or inability to interact with others • Disruptive, aggressive, threatening, inappropriate or bizarre behavior • Expressed or written reference to self harm
  16. 16. Positive Programs • International Student Fellowships • Relationships between faculty and international students Research shows that relationships between faculty and intern students have a positive impact on students success • Mentoring Relationships Setting up American students and international student mentoring relationships
  17. 17. Student Support Services • • • • • • Professional/Career Workshops/Seminars Academic Tutorial Center Stress Management Techniques Career Development Job Search/Resume Development Referral to Professional Resources (mental health services, public health clinic, support groups)
  18. 18. Resources NAFSA – Association of International Educators (March 2012) http://www.nafsa.org/public_policy.sec/grassroots_advocacy/advocacy_day/ Understanding stressors of international students in higher education: what college counselors and personnel need to know By: Monique Olivas and Chi-Sing Li http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FCG/is_3_33/ai_n17134814/?tag=conte nt;col1 Academic Challenges Faced by International Students Adapted by: Heather Marie Kosur, Edited by: Noreen Gunnell, Updated Jan 18, 2011 http://www.brighthub.com/education/college/articles/85962.aspx http://www.iie.org/en/Research-and-Publications/~/media/Files/Corporate/OpenDoors/Fast-Facts/Fast%20Facts%202011.ashx
  19. 19. Resources http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED276296.pdf Open Doors Institute (2011) http://www.iie.org/en/Research-andPublications/~/media/Files/Corporate/Open-Doors/FastFacts/Fast%20Facts%202011.ashx Kadison, Richard, M.D. & Digeronimo, Theresa F. (2004) College of the Overwhelmed, The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What To Do About It. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

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