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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AFFAIRS
By Dana Wilkie

a positive experience contributes to
internationalization and cross-cultural
exchange in the wider community.

Starting on the Right Foot

Help and Guidance for the Spouses and
Children of International Students and Scholars
Language barriers. Culture shock. Isolation. Financial stress.
These are among the challenges a spouse and children can face
when they accompany an international scholar or student to a
foreign university.
Dependents often quickly discover that their new life looks
quite different from that of the scholar or (often, graduate or
postdoctoral) student. While the scholar is swept into a campus
experience that offers new friendships, collegial interaction,
and invigorating work, his or her dependents can find
themselves struggling with boredom, a lack of meaningful work,
overwhelming culture shock, and a need for social connections.
The international student and scholar services (ISSS) office
is typically the primary campus contact for the dependents of
international scholars and students, and the office serves as an
important resource in preparing for and easing their transition
into a new community.
"We feel that we have just as much of a responsibility to our
spouses and partners as we do to our students and scholars,"
says Molly Hampton, assistant director for programs and
communications at Yale University's Office of International
Students and Scholars. The dependents' experience directly
affects that of the scholar's-and if that experience is negative, it is
neither good for the visiting scholar nor the institution. However,
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Navigating Logistics
Perhaps one of the most daunting tasks
facing a newly arrived family is finding
housing that is affordable, safe, and
within reasonable distance of the campus.
This is especially important to spouses
and dependents because it is likely that
they, rather than the scholar or student,
will be spending the most time in their
new home.
In response, many universities have
on-campus dorms or housing for such

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Supporting Dependents

Thousands of international students and
scholars bring their children and spouses
to the United States for the duration
of their program, and the earlier in the
process that dependents' needs are taken
into account, the better.
"For us, the responsibility kicks in
when we know a scholar has plans to
bring his or her family to the United
States," says Eva Wong, assistant director
for international programs at the College
of William & Mary (W&M)'s Reves
Center for International Studies. "We
provide information on how to request
the appropriate immigration documents
and apply for visas. Resources for family
members are sent to the students and their
family before they arrive."
At many institutions, ISSS staff who
work with international scholars and their
families try to build these connections
immediately-sometimes from the day
the scholar learns of his or her acceptance
at an institution. It takes time to complete
visa paperwork for the entire family and
wait for approval, to locate appropriate
housing, and to research local schools,
which can serve as a prime opportunity
for the ISSS office to step up.
"It's always helpful when the family
unit is able to stay together," says Wong.
"However, there are many challenges when
scholars choose to bring their families
with them. It is important for ISSS offices
to support the scholars and their families."



International Educator - September/October 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - September/October 2019

From the Desk of
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Chile
Quick Questions
Feature: Countering the Forces of Change
Feature: Raising the Bar
Feature: Branching Out
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment Management
International Education Leadership
Forum
Take 5
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Cover1
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Cover2
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 1
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 2
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 3
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 4
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 5
International Educator - September/October 2019 - From the Desk of
International Educator - September/October 2019 - In Brief
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 8
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 9
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 10
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Global Spotlight: Chile
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Quick Questions
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 13
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 14
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 15
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Feature: Countering the Forces of Change
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International Educator - September/October 2019 - 23
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Feature: Raising the Bar
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 25
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International Educator - September/October 2019 - 29
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Feature: Branching Out
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International Educator - September/October 2019 - 36
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 37
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Education Abroad
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 39
International Educator - September/October 2019 - International Student Affairs
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 41
International Educator - September/October 2019 - International Enrollment Management
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 43
International Educator - September/October 2019 - International Education Leadership
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 45
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Forum
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