Challenges and Opportunities for International Students in Graduate Education

Challenges and Opportunities for International Students in Graduate Education

Xinya Liang (University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/IJAVET.2015100104
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International students pursuing graduate education in U.S. institutes have been rapidly increasing in recent years. Students from all over the world remarkably contribute to the advancement of U.S. economy and technology. This article addresses the challenges and opportunities international students face during and after graduate education. The challenges include overcoming the barriers with regard to language, culture, and employment. Along with these challenges are numerous opportunities such as introducing a different culture to U.S. college campuses, facilitating long-term academic and business collaboration, and obtaining enriched working experiences in the global job market. Strategies and recommendations to attain academic and occupational success are also discussed.
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English Language Proficiency

The majority of international students come from countries where English is not the official language. Language is apparently the biggest barrier for them to interact in classrooms, write research papers, develop international friendship, and get involved into a variety of campus activities. In this section, I mainly focus on discussing the impact of English language proficiency on academic performance and attainments.

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