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release. “More than half of students who were less than very satisfied with their American friendships felt that the main problem lay with the Americans.” Students from East Asia—the region sending the greatest number of foreign students to the United States—were found to be the least satisfied with their connections to U.S. students. Conversely, survey respondents from English-speaking countries were likely to have several close American friends. Gareis suggested that the reason for this fact may be partly attributed to the cultural differences between highly individualistic Americans and East Asian people, whose societies are more focused on relationships and community bonds. Survey responses also indicated that the foreign students who were unsatisfied with their relationships with American peers tended to perceive Americans as superficial or uninterested in other cultures. These findings are significant because the United States is the world’s top education abroad destination. Helping international students and scholars acclimate to the communities in which they’re studying and helping them cultivate friendships are important steps to ensuring they get the most out of their education abroad experience. “It’s important to recognize that not every international student has a strong desire to [develop

American friendships], and that should be fine, but there are groups of international students and scholars that want to be more integrated,” says Sylvia Chen, staff psychologist at the University of Texas-Austin. “They want to get to know their American community and make friends with people from different cultures. It would be important to make sure there are opportunities for these individuals to help them connect to the greater community. According to research, students who have more meaningful contacts with people from the host culture are usually more satisfied with their adjustment experience, and tend to be more academically successful.” These cross-cultural relationships are not only important for the international students and scholars visiting the United States, they also are valuable for the U.S. campus community and for local citizens off campus. “Not everyone goes abroad, but we’re trying to get everyone an international experience,” says David DiMaria, associate director of Kent State University’s Office of Global Education. “One way to do that is by bringing students and scholars from various parts of the world to our campuses. It serves both groups by building that community, and that’s what most folks in higher education would view as an academic community.”

Han Liu and his wife Sophia Wang with his host family— The Donovans (from left to right): Peyton, Brazos, Karin, and Gregg.

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