Innovative International Student Support Programming

Innovations in Faculty Support for International Students

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Carnegie Mellon University

Recognizing and Addressing Cultural Variation in the Classroom

  • This guide was created in response to faculty requests for information and advice concerning teaching in increasingly multi-cultural setting, and it is organized around issues raised by faculty themselves in a series of discussions conducted over the past several years.
Colorado State University

Advising International Students

  • Advising international students can be challenging yet extremely rewarding. The advising process will be the most successful if the advisor asks many questions, takes time to become acquainted with the student and her/his situation, and encourages the student to utilize the multitude of resources available at CSU
Drexel University

Best Practices in Teaching and Advising International and ESL Students

  • The handbook contains contributions and perspectives from faculty and advisors about best practices regarding teaching and advising international and ESL students at Drexel University. For the most part, it is focused on undergraduate rather than graduate students, although some general principles apply to both populations.
Eastern Illinois University

Faculty Guide to Advising International Students

  • This guide provides faculty members information when advising international students about their academic careers. It also highlights special concerns of students from other countries as well as academic department's role in facilitating international students' legal stay in the United States.

International Education Council

  • International Education Council (IEC) was developed in 1997 to review, evaluate and promote international education on Eastern Illinois University's campus. This committee awards international scholarships, evaluates study abroad trips, and promotes and supports international activities and events. The council recently changed its name in 2009 from International Programs Advisory Council to International Education Council.
Georgia Institute of Technology

Cultural Transitions

  • Cultural Transitions is a forty minute movie that examines the challenges and achievements experienced by international students after arriving in the U.S due to differences between their culture and U.S American culture. Topics discussed in the movie include: language barriers, lack of cultural knowledge, friendship building, time, space, religion, dating/relationships, rules of law and hygiene/appearance.
  • Through live action scenes and interviews with international students, Cultural Transitions provides insight and guidance to international students experiencing culture shock or even minor difficulties adjusting to life in the U.S. The film is also an excellent intercultural communication tool that can be used with non-international students as well as university faculty and administrators.
  • Click here to watch a YouTube video of Cultural Transitions (open captions) by GA Tech Office of International Education and Buzz Studios
Marietta College

Teaching International Students: Some Tips

  • Provides tips to faculty members on how to understand international students during lectures and material presented orally in class, reading assignments, class participation and group work, testing, cheating and plagiarism, and campus resources
Michigan State University

Workshops for Staff and Faculty: Changing Classroom: Challenges and Best Practices for International Student's Academic Success

  • The program is designed to respond to issues and interest about the large increase of international students, primarily but not excessively, undergraduate students from China.
  • Participants in this workshop will explore the following topics:
    • The context in American higher education and at MSU for increases in international students, particularly Chinese undergraduates;
    • The goals and benefits of internationalization;
    • Intercultural factors that Influence the experience of international students and effective communications between and among instructors and students;
    • The academic and pedagogical challenges, opportunities, and promising practices, including results of surveys sponsored by the UCFA and the English Language Center at MSU;
    • Practical approaches for addressing issues of language, curricula, teaching methods, assignment design, assessments, academic integrity, classroom management, classroom participation, and help-seeking;
    • The perspectives of MSU international and domestic students in the documentary "Imported from China"
    • Promising practices from MSU faculty and support staff who teach and interact with international students;
Northeastern University

Faculty and Staff Development Workshops

Oregon State University

International Students at Oregon State University: A Faculty Guide

  • The Faculty Guide is part of a suite of resources to help faculty members in supporting international students, both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Standards regarding academic misconduct are not universal. US interpretations of academic misconduct have been shaped through our culture and courts. To ensure that everyone in the class is aware of your expectations and is equipped to fulfill them, explicitly outline your expectations in the syllabus, on the first day of class and when you introduce assignments where academic misconduct may be an issue. Providing specific examples of what is and is not acceptable helps students reflect on real situations and map them against their own cultural background and norms.
  • You can also direct your students to an online guide, "Academic Integrity for Students: Sources for Students to Help Combat Plagiarism" created by OSU Libraries, Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC), and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.
  • Student Conduct and Community Standards has worked with International Student Advising and Services to translate their Student Information Guide into Arabic and Chinese.
  • There is also an academic integrity guide for instructors that includes definitions.
Pennsylvania State University

Guide to Advising International Students about Academic Integrity

  • The purpose of this article is to discuss how different cultures view academic integrity, including concerns about plagiarism and to provide tools to help international students understand how to comply with U.S. standards regarding academic integrity and plagiarism.
Purdue University

Global Learning Faculty Development Program

  • Purdue University's increasing enrollment of international students presents a special opportunity to contribute to a globalized society. A significant number of international students provide an avenue for domestic students to experience globalization when traveling abroad is not possible for them. At the same time, the University has the opportunity to lead the way in transforming the classroom to enhance the learning and cultural experience of global citizens.
Temple University

What Faculty Should Know About International Students

  • Provides information about international students for faculty at a U.S. college or university, with a focus on communication, motivation and culture.
University of California at Berkeley

Creating Conditions for (International Student) Success

  • As colleges and universities become increasingly more diverse, faculty must understand the needs and behaviors of a broad range of students and develop techniques for working effectively with them. This page provides information and strategies for teaching international students, to support the success of all students.
University of California at Santa Cruz

Increasing Our Intercultural Proficiency in Working with and Supporting UCSC's International Students & Scholars

  • This course is an elective in the Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Program offered to all faculty and staff at UC Santa Cruz. The purpose of this course is to expand participants' intercultural knowledge and competence as it applies to the international population at UCSC, specifically focusing on international students and international scholars. Participants will explore the diversity of ways in which legal citizenship status shapes the social, academic and employment experiences of our international population. Through a combination presentation, interactive activities and knowledge gained from guest speakers, this course aims to increase participants' knowledge and skills by examining issues unique to this population, identifying resources available on this campus, and providing practical communication skills participants can use when interacting with international students and scholars. The course has the following learning objectives:
    • Increasing the knowledge of the international population at UCSC
    • Discussing the needs, challenges and strengths that are unique to this population
    • Exploring the different theories of intercultural understanding
    • Learning communication techniques that are useful cross-culturally
University of Dayton at Ohio

Faculty Resources for Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

  • As part of the global mission of education, the University of Dayton is committed to developing inclusive learning communities on campus. The resources here provide information on teaching in multicultural and linguistically diverse classrooms, best practices for teaching and responding to non–native English speakers.

Teaching a Global Student Community (TAGS) Workshop

  • Provides a series of workshops helping faculty understand international students and diversity in classrooms.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Immigration 101

  • Faculty and academic advisors interact on a regular basis with international students at UNC Charlotte and may at times be caught off–guard by the various learning styles and sets of expectations based upon non–U.S. educational systems. In addition, they may not fully realize the enormous pressure felt by international students due to additional responsibilities such as abiding by immigration regulations, finding part-time work, and living up to family expectations in their home countries.
Wilmington University

Tips for Teaching Non-Native English Speaking Students

  • Teaching university students from diverse cultures and linguistic backgrounds can present puzzling challenges. To help Non-Native English Speaking students succeed, professors need not revamp their teaching style, but modification can help.

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