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Title:How do international students adapt socially and academically at Illinois State University?
Author(s):ANTH 285_05-01
Subject(s):Student Organizations
International Students
Abstract:This project focuses on international students and asks the following questions: How do international students adapt to the life in American universities and more specific ISU? How and where do international students make friends? How do they view the American educational system? On the basis of interviews with an employee at the International House and with international students who have been in the US for 6-7 years, and on the basis of participant observation at the I-House, this study finds that international students adapt better to life at ISU when they become involved in something. International students usually make friends in their classes. International House programs used to play a vital role in the process of adapting, but due to different factors such as International assistants’ devotion to the program, diminishing number of international students, and university rules and budget cuts about activities, I-House is less successful in helping out international students to adapt. The study further explores how international students perceive differences in academic and cultural customs.
Issue Date:2005-12-15
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-08-24

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  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.
  • Diversity on Campus/Equity and Access
    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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