International Students in English-Speaking Universities Essay

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International Students in English-speaking universities As we know, studying abroad is a wide-spread and common practice for international students in order to gain more knowledge and to get a degree in a field they are interested in. Typically, students study for a few months in order to learn new language or to become more acquainted with the culture of host country. International students commonly have some problems such as: adjustment issues, social support, attaining achievement in their coursework and receiving academic support. According to Andrade (2006) research has shown that there are both positive and negative affects on international students’ adjustment in their new university and she examines related support services affect these students. Faculty and support staffs try to find better ways to accommodate international students. A comparison study by Andrade, shows that international students have more adjustment difficulties during their first year in university and find it more stressful and anxiety-ridden. But, research also reveals that international students are more academically engaged in their studies than domestic students because they more motivated and have a greater desire not to fail. Moreover, international students’ behavior or different habits can be misperceived by the faculty. Also, students can face problems related to a lack of language proficiency and cultural knowledge. “Language problems”, can also occur because of a different way of seeing the world. Research shows that some international students compensate for a lack of English and socio-cultural knowledge through their effort in socializing with domestic students, study habits and self-help strategies. In some instances, faculty has modified their courses specifically for international students with the aim to accommodate the student’s English language skills. Another
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