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“I think the most meaningful thing about coming to the U.S. to study is to meet people from the whole world. It’s a lot of fun to know the ways people are different from me and to know we have some similarities as well.”
—Jing Cui, Michigan State University

“It takes a great deal of effort [to integrate international students], and it’s a constant challenge that we all face,” says Heidi Gregori-Gahan, director of international programs and services at the University of Southern Indiana (USI), which has enrolled a large group of students from the Middle East—particularly Saudi Arabia. “I suppose it would be possible for someone to be here four years, get a degree, and go home, having only stayed within their own cultural group; But I think there is so much more to be gained and learned by interacting with people who are different from ourselves— learning from and teaching one another. The richness that happens when people share at the true level of cross-cultural understanding can open their minds and hearts, and they can become citizens of the world.” Oftentimes, international students enrolled at a school with a large group from the same country or region will simply fall into a comfort zone of speaking in their native

tongue, says Rochelle Wallace, director of international relations at Otero Junior College. “That shuts other people out, but they often don’t recognize it,” says Wallace, whose international student population of 24 consists of a large number of Latinos, including six from Venezuela. “They sometimes feel like they don’t have to speak English, but it does exclude some people.” Wallace has tried overcoming that barrier by requiring all students who take daytrips with the International Relations Organization to speak only in English during the van rides. “You may spend several hours riding in the van, and that’s a good time to bond,” Wallace says. “If we have an English-only policy, everyone has a chance to talk and jump in on the conversation.” Students also may hesitate to mix in with the broader campus community out of fear of facing backlash from members of their native cultural group, says Molly Joliff, an

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international student counselor at the University of Rochester. “If they choose to make American friends, they may alienate friends from their home country,” Jolliff says. “So it’s almost like choosing one or the other—which is a scary thing to do if you’ve just arrived.” Last year, Jolliff surveyed all of her campus’ international students—nearly one-half of whom are Chinese—to determine their needs and interests. Overwhelmingly, she says, international students expressed a desire to form friendships with U.S. students but were unsure how to do so. That led Jolliff to enlist the help of 16 upper-class students (both international and American), who volunteered to connect via e-mail or Skype with all 200 incoming international students before their arrival on campus last fall. “I think you have to catch students before they get settled here,” says Joliff, noting that some of the new students continued the connections with their mentors throughout their first semester. “We wanted to make it a natural thing for them to integrate, and this exposed them to a variety of different activities where they could interact with domestic students and students from other cultures.”

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Tackling Integration
With increasing numbers of international students on campuses across the United States, international offices are ramping up

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International Educator - March/April 2012
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From the Editors
In Brief
Voices: University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi
Overcoming Chaos
Degrees of Distinction
Macalester College
Foreign Student Affairs
A View from Out Here
In Focus
Language Supplement
The language of Business
Launching Pad: Community College Programs
Intensive English Language Directory
Intensive Foreign Language Directory
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