How do Saudi female international students navigate their transitional experiences to study and live during their first two academic years in an urban Midwest university?
A phenomenological study revealed three distinct but interrelated transition types experienced by Chinese Undergraduate students at American colleges.
The research, conducted by Celia Liu, performed an investigation on the cross-cultural social interactions among two groups of students: the Chinese international students and the U.S. domestic students.
Growing or sustaining international student enrollment requires enhancing the student experience and supporting their success, according to the recent article titled “12 Strategies for Building a Capacity for International Graduate Student Career Success.” The article co-authored by Rahul Choudaha and Di Hu was published in the Spring 2017 issue of NAGAP Perspectives.
Higher education classrooms are increasingly diverse. Yet, faculty oftentimes do not have adequate training in teaching, cultural competence, or intercultural communication. Co-authors offer five common principles for culturally responsive pedagogy.
At the 2017 annual AIEA conference in Washington, DC, Di Hu, co-founder of interEDGE, will chair a session entitled “Intercultural Strategies for Enhancing Campus Inclusion and Student Success” on February 22nd.
The commonly known challenges for Chinese students include social barriers, campus integration, and career development. To battle these three challenges, intercultural competence stands as one key solution.
DeVry has been making a constant effort to support international students career success. After a pilot partnership earlier this year, DeVry and interEDGE finalized next phase of collaboration.
An article by the Society for Human and Resource Management (SHRM) discusses how companies can create effective cross-cultural communication training programs. It also offers a few suggestions that shed light on how to develop an intercultural competence program for international students at colleges and universities.
FIT International Student Services, in partnership with interEDGE, offers a series of four career success workshop series to its international students, two in the fall 2016 and two in spring 2017. interEDGE is proud to partner with the Top Public Fashion Design School in the country and looks forward to working with their talented students.
A research titled “Factors Influencing International Students’ Career Choice: A Comparative Study”, published by Professors Singaravelu, White and Bringaze of the University of Missouri-Columbia, examines the career development behavior of Asian and non-Asian international students as well as domestic students. Based on the results, the authors make three suggestions on international student career counseling.
The research “A Career Development Profile of First Year International Students within the United States” by Professors Duffy and Lucas of the University of Maryland provides a general view of career decision status and work values of first-year international students in comparison with American students. The authors recommended a few techniques for career counseling to international students.
A short documentary offers a close look at the challenges and struggles of being stuck “in-between”. It calls for institutions to invest in intercultural competency building workshops.
In the last five years, the number of international students in the American institutions has increased by 40 percent to reach one million. Career opportunities are one of the determining factors in student’s decisions to study abroad. Many institutions encounter challenges in effectively supporting international student career success. Di Hu, Co-founder of interEDGE, chaired a session at NAFSA Region X in which she discussed causes of the challenges and invited two seasoned career services directors to share best practices.
interEDGE will provide online live workshop series “OPTmizing Your Career Success with Cross-Cultural Skills” for DeVry international students on multiple campuses in the United States.
interEDGE co-founders were invited by Wasserman Career Center of New York University to conduct the workshops on “Optimize Your Options with Cross-cultural Skills” for international students at NYU. The first workshop focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors and the other on non-STEM majors.
The Center for Student Professional Development recently launched a broad initiative urging campus partners collaborate more to better support international students. As part of the initiative, interEDGE co-founders, Di Hu and Rahul Choudaha, delivered the training on “Maximizing International Student Success”, with several learning objectives.
Future China Initiative (FCI)*, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) st Teachers College, Columbia University, invited interEDGE to conduct a workshop on networking in the American culture to international students from China.
American graduate schools are increasingly dependent on international students for meeting their enrollment goals. Supporting international student success across their education lifecycle must rise on the agenda of institutional priorities.
With more than 304,040 Chinese students enrolled in the US in 2014/15, China is by far the leading source of international students at American universities and colleges. In the last 15 years, there have been three primary waves of growth in Chinese students in the US.
The new OPT Extension rule will make America more attractive to global talent. International students will be able to gain more experience and recover part of their investment before returning to home country or planning to stay. Employers will benefit in terms of finding technical skills and adding diversity on their teams without worrying about visa sponsorship.
The recent WSJ article “Heavy Recruitment of Chinese Students Sows Discord on U.S. Campus” has stirred up a heated discussion about the integration challenge of Chinese students on American campus. The author shares a few reflections on practical solutions.
International students are paying more for their education. A widening mismatch in their expectations and experiences would create negative word-of-mouth and hurt future enrollment. Institutions must do more to engage and support international students for the benefit of all students and the larger campus community.
Given the constraints of limited career support, the outcome is that career options for many international students are pigeon-holed as typical IT, quantitative or research roles. It takes planning and effort to break the “funnel effect” in your job search and align it to your career path.
Dr. Rahul Choudaha, Principal Coach of interEDGE.org joined an expert panel on”Diversity and Global Issues in the Workplace” at Stony Brook University. He highlighted the challenges faced by international students in transitioning from education to employment. The cross-cultural gaps regarding communication and confidence impede the potential of global talent.
Indian students in the US are value-seekers who try to minimise their cost of education, and maximise the potential for job and career advancement opportunities. Here are three broad factors that influence their decision-making processes and priorities.
Research suggests that international students struggle to adapt to cultural norms and expectations in the United States job market. In terms of career development practices, group coaching for international students could be effective in reflecting and building on mutual experiences.
International students seeking jobs in the US may find inspiration in four principles of disrupting career offered by Whitney Johnson, author of Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work.
Number of international students coming to the US has been increasing while the number of H1-B work visas has remained stagnant. For international students, the challenge of finding career pathways from OPT (Optional Practical Training) to work visa are increasing and competition is intensifying.