International Educator - November/December 2013 - 44

FOREIGN STUDENT

Affairs

By Karen Leggett

Influx From the Middle East
With more Middle Eastern students coming to U.S. campuses,
international student offices can help these students adapt to
U.S. campus culture and meet their cultural needs

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SEEL SAIED dreams of opening a fitness center to teach sportsmanship to young

Israelis and Palestinians together. For the moment, this young woman from Ramallah, in
the occupied West Bank, is starting her junior year at Bridgewater College in Virginia. "It
is a challenge to keep your identity and heritage," says Saied, "but at the same time, it's not
very nice to feel like you are always different. I'm proud to be Palestinian and Arab and
Muslim, but I don't want to be singled out all the time."

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Saied is particularly grateful for the relationship
she developed with Stephanie Wilson, Bridgewater's
director of multicultural services. Wilson become
Saied's mentor on campus, filling a role that a lot of
international advisers do. "The number one quality
(for a mentor or adviser) is to be a good listener," says
Saied, "besides taking you to Walmart when you need
to go!" Wilson says she simply showed a "great willingness to learn of Aseel's culture, her personal story,
and her connection to the world as she saw it." Wilson
provided opportunities for Saied to share her culture
in a more formal atmosphere, including finding space
for Saied to teach basic Arabic and as Saied describes
it, "explain without confronting people that I am a
normal student. I am not a terrorist."

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students from
Middle Eastern
countries on
U.S. campuses
can be as
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box store or
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as dispelling Advising students from Middle Eastern countries on
U.S. campuses can be as simple as visiting a big box
stereotypes.
store or as complex as dispelling stereotypes. Yet even
as political tensions grow between Middle Eastern governments and the United States, so does the number
of Middle Eastern students studying on U.S. campuses,
increasing by 33 percent in 2011-12, with a 50 percent increase in students from Saudi Arabia, 38 percent
from Qatar, and 72 percent from Oman, according to
the International Institute of Education's Open Doors
2012 report. The dramatic increases are largely due
to government scholarship programs, especially the
King Abdullah Scholarships from Saudi Arabia. These
scholarships provide full tuition, a stipend for living expenses and health insurance, and airfare back to Saudi

Arabia. Originally intended for 1,000 students when it
started in 2005, there are now more than 70,000 Saudi
postsecondary scholarship students in the United
States, from those learning English with plans to attend
college to more advanced students earning degrees and
serving medical residencies.
The U.S. State Department has ramped up its
services in the Middle East, as "educational advising
has risen on the diplomatic agenda in terms of its
importance around the world," according to Deputy
Assistant Secretary of State Meghann Carter. There
are now 24 major advising centers in the Middle
East, with particular emphasis on Saudi Arabia,
Oman, Kuwait, and Libya. The State Department's
EducationUSA offers both in-center services as well
as virtual advising through websites and webinars,
Google hangouts, Facebook, and Twitter. "Even in
countries where we have strained bilateral relations,"
says Carter, "there is a recognition that America's
higher education system is excellent."
The increase in Middle Eastern students-particularly scholarship students-poses both bureaucratic
and cultural challenges. "Our profession has tilted
toward compliance as contrasted with the previous
model of helping people with adjustment," suggested
Peter Briggs, director of the Office for International
Students and Scholars at Michigan State University. Such offices deal directly with foreign embassy
counselors assigned to each sponsored scholarship
student. "It's a tricky relationship," says Judith Van
Dyck, director of international student and scholar
services at Portland State University. Although the



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International Educator - November/december 2013
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
Core Values
Reawakening Higher Education in Iraq
University of South Florida: What's in a Name? The World
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
Supplement
When a Student Dies Abroad
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - In Brief
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