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student and scholar services at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont, spends a lot of time helping international graduate students and their families become acclimated to life in the United States. She has helped them with everything from locating suitable housing and obtaining a driver’s license to connecting spouses with language programs and connecting them to other international families within the local community. “It’s about giving as much support in the beginning so they can be independent later,” Hulnick says. “I do as much as I can, and I find it really rewarding. I enjoy hooking them up and seeing them become independent and feeling comfortable here.” Social programming for international graduate students also is important, and many schools offer events ranging from meet-and-greets to talent shows. While these programs aren’t considered academic support, experts say it’s important to make sure that international graduate students feel connected to their peers and to the campus. These programs also help them become acclimated to U.S. culture and develop confidence and leadership skills. “In my observation of international graduate students over the years, it’s the more adjusted, connected, and socially balanced students who most often seem to establish positive relationships with their faculty advisers and also seem to perform well academically,” Medeiros says. “Those who never quite acclimate but rather just get through their programs may earn their degrees in the end, but often miss some key components of their education that come from making connections with those from the host culture.”

departments—we don’t do it all ourselves,” says Christine Peachey, manager of Carleton University’s International Student Services Office. “When we’re working on orientation and academic topics like academic integrity, we bring in faculty members and folks who are most knowledgeable in these subjects. It makes for the best delivery of program.” Baker, who has found success in working closely with Rice’s GSA, suggests collaborating with student leadership to develop practical, professional development programs, and fun activities. During her 15 years at the university, Baker has seen more and more graduate students take on leadership roles, and these programs foster interaction between American and international students. “We could do the English language programs here with our staff, but we don’t because we want to bring in different perspectives and different accents, so involving the students is a great thing,” Baker says. “They can be your hands and your feet in many ways and add a different dimension.”

When colleges and universities provide academic support that contributes to the success of international graduate students, everyone wins, Medeiros says. “When one international student has a successful, positive U.S. university experience,” she says, “she or he carries it back home and can dispel 10 myths about life and people in the U.S.” Adds Baker, “International students bring their education and culture to American universities, so we learn from them, but they also learn from us—hopefully the good things in our culture and in our academic system,” Baker says. “When they go back home, they are our ambassadors. Hopefully, they’ll tend to have better relationships with us because they understand our culture.”IE
KaREN dOSS BOWMaN is a freelance writer in Bridgewater, Virginia. her last article for IE was “Foreign language learning at Community Colleges,” which appeared in the intensive languages supplement published with the March/ April 2011 issue.

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India Opens Its Doors— Cautiously
A Quest to Enhance Quality Spurs Global Learning
Foreign Student Affairs
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Supplement: Danger Ahead!
Supplement: Their Baggage Goes, Too
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