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RA Training - How to Effectively Support International Students

How to effectively work with international students on campus
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Joliana Yee

on 24 June 2014

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Transcript of RA Training - How to Effectively Support International Students

STUDENTS
United States of America
University of Connecticut
East Coast
INTERNATIONAL
6% increase to 764,495 in 2011-12
Reported increase for the 6th consecutive year
New York and Massachusetts among top 10 host states in the US
670 undergraduate students (3%)
1432 graduate students (18%)
98 countries represented in Fall 2012
131 exchange students
140 degree seeking undergrad freshmen or transfer
51 degree seeking grad students
NYC remains top metropolitan area for international students
ENROLLED
RES HALLS
OFF-CAMPUS
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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS DEFINED
Degree-seeking
Exchange
Transfer
Special Programs (UCAELI, CANR)
Undergraduate v. Graduate
Unidentified
THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXPERIENCE
Culture shock (Barker, 1990)
DEGREE-SEEKING & TRANSFER STUDENTS' NEEDS/CHALLENGES
EXCHANGE STUDENTS' NEEDS/CHALLENGES
NEGATIVE
STEREOTYPES &
SOCIALIZED BIASES
Exciting but challenging
Personal
Social
Academic
ACADEMIC CHALLENGES
Test-taking
Class format & teaching style
Faculty roles
Academic integrity
Level of English proficiency
English proficiency skillls/prefer speaking native language
Stick together, not interested in getting to know Americans
Wealthy
Making genuine connections
Misperceptions about America/Americans
Understanding cross-cultural differences
Travel Expenses and Break Housing
Homesickness & maintaining connections to home
Food
Independent Living
Cultural Norms
Visa Regulations
Get authentic American cultural experience
Balance between work & play; making the most of the short period of time they have in the US
Integration into University community
RESOURCES
International Center
Immigration Services
Counseling and Mental Health
OSSA
Res Life - explaining different positions and resources
Share programs with cars and bicycles
Phone and internet access
TIPS TO EFFECTIVELY ENGAGE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS & PROMOTE GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
Keep your biases and assumptions in check
Take initiative and show genuine interest in learning/sharing
Be patient and persistent!
Be open to changing your idea of successful socializing looks like
Create programming that celebrates cultures, promotes global citizenship and increases inter-cultural awareness
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