Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

Group project International Students COUN 7132


Published on

Published in: Education, Technology
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

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) Understanding stressors of international students in higher education: what college counselors and personnel need to know By: Monique Olivas and Chi-Sing Li nt;col1 Academic Challenges Faced by International Students Adapted by: Heather Marie Kosur, Edited by: Noreen Gunnell, Updated Jan 18, 2011
  19. 19. Resources Open Doors Institute (2011) 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.