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Knowledge Network International Students Succeeding as an International Student A New Book by Charles Lipson By Sharon Witherell Professor Charles Lipson’s newest book, Succeeding as an International Student in the U.S. and Canada, available this spring from University of Chicago Press, offers an insightful perspective from inside the classroom, based on nearly 30 years of teaching. Lipson is a professor specializing in international relations and international political history at the University of Chicago, where he has served as the director of graduate studies and director of undergraduate studies in political science. In addition to books and articles on global politics, he is the author of two books that have been described as “instruction manuals for American collegiate study,” Doing Honest Work in College: How to Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagiarism, and Achieve Real Academic Success (2004; second edition, spring 2008) and How to Write a BA Thesis (2005). International students – and American faculty members – might be more familiar with Charles Lipson as a commentator on CNN or Chicago news radio, or as the author of a book on problems faced by successful corporations when they operate in difficult political environments around the world or of a scholarly article about democracies and war. As a founding director of the University of Chicago’s Program on International Politics, Economics, and Security (PIPES) and its workshop for graduate students, he is certainly a popular professor and well known in his field. So why has he now turned his attention to offering a “how-to” book for international students? In his book and in his talks to student groups, he explains, “I really enjoy working with students from around the world, and I want to help them make a smooth transition to living and studying in North America. I want to complement the important work that international student advisers do every day.” Besides outlining what professors expect of their students here, he offers practical advice ranging from what to bring with them from home (a month’s supply of any prescription medicines, just in case) to office-hours etiquette (be punctual; bring a question to discuss) and cultural civility. “Some of the world’s best students come to the U.S. and Canada to study. Despite their strong academic backgrounds, they face real challenges adapting to the university environment here. To understand challenges they face, I’ve spoken with hundreds of international students, as well as their teachers and advisers,” says Professor Lipson. He has found that they highlight five major academic issues: mastering English; adjusting to the North American classroom; learning the rules of academic honesty; expressing their own views (and not simply repeating the professor’s) in papers, class discussions and research; and asking for help. Shifting Gears Lipson notes that international students often need to shift gears from what worked at home. “They certainly need to understand what their professor says, but they also need to formulate their own perspectives, especially in more

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Spring 2008

IIE Networker - Spring 2008
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
Best Practices in International Education: 2008 Andrew Heiskell Awards
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series A Conversation with President M. W. Scogggins, Colorado School of Mines
Measuring Return on Investment in International Student Recruitment
Making Partnerships Work
Campus View
Latin America
International Students
The Browser: Index of Advertisers

IIE Networker - Spring 2008