Foreign students integrate into US grad schools with moderate ease

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The college experience is always one that is ripe with lessons learned and networks broadened. Increasingly studying abroad is becoming a popular choice for foreign students looking for adventure, socialisation, and experience. Currently, the US is the leading abroad study destination, as foreign students can experience all kinds of things in America’s expansive country. Year after year, foreign students enrol in American grad schools, bright eyed and hopeful for what the experience has to offer them. Typical initial barriers aside, most foreign students report feeling able to adapt and integrate into life quite well as a student at an American college or university. Foreign students make the most of both aspects of the American college experience: the social aspect and the academic aspect. Not only are they eager to make friends, but they are incredibly hard workers who strive to get their grades to reach new heights, propelling their academic performance ever-higher in the pursuit of all that is grand.

Foreign students travel across oceans and borders, leaving the comfort zone of their home lives and families for the great unknown, for bigger opportunities, and for a chance at widening their network – something that is often found to be incredibly useful for new graduates. It may come as a surprise to some, but the majority of foreign students insist that their transition to life as a student in an American college or university is virtually painless, save for the standard bouts of homesickness and settling in barriers. Once the dust settles, the ease of the whole experience takes over and foreign students feel like they are simply students – no different from the students around them that grew up around the campus. It is a welcome development, as graduate schools have come under fire in past years for encouraging or simply not doing enough to discourage an open divide between local students and foreign students.

 

While some international students take on additional language courses outside of their time on campus (like enrolling in an English classes online, for example) there are others that opt to spend their spare time studying or socialising with the other students in their courses. American schools are renowned for their partying ways (particularly the frat houses), and foreign students are warmly welcomed into the fold, encouraged to party, socialise, and hang out with everyone. In such an inclusive environment, it is no surprise that foreign students feel so undeniably warm and welcome by their American counterparts and other foreign students that are chasing the same high as they are. Forming study groups and the like allows foreign students the ability to practice openly engaging in the English language with their study buddies, or otherwise helping students to learn some of their own language.

Colleges and universities must make sure that the experience of foreign students’ meets (and preferably exceeds) expectations. Studying in the US is a dream for many international students, as students flock to America in search of greater career and life opportunities, as well as higher education choices of the utmost quality. The value of expanding one’s professional network while studying in the US alone is unbelievable, and is cited as being the driving factor in many foreign student’s decision to apply for studying abroad positions. The all-inclusive nature of American grad schools appears to play a significant part in foreign students’ appreciation for the system as well, as many of them state that the school and those within its walls never made them feel anything but welcome and included, with some students even going so far as to help them learn the ins and outs of campus.

Foreign students are increasingly showing up in enrolment lists throughout the US (and the rest of the world). As the urge to travel and experience more continues to grow for many, it also becomes the driving force that keeps foreign students focused and determined. Having had to apply to be allowed into the university or college is always nerve-racking, but foreign students take it to a whole other level, making sure they understand the absolute ins and outs of the system, while becoming more and more excited to join their fellow students. There is no reason that foreign students should not be able to easily integrate into American colleges and universities, and thankfully most of the grad schools are going out of their way to prove that to them and foster the healthy relationship between both parties even more so.

Contrary to popular belief, there truly is not that big a divide between local students and foreign students on American college and university campuses. In fact, the divide is virtually non-existent, save for a few small expected barriers. Foreign students consistently report feeling as though they can integrate into American grad school environments with relative ease, citing the friendly nature of their newfound friends and the assistance from schools and other students alike as main reasons for the smooth transition into life as a student at a US grad school. It seems, for the most part, as though foreign students can have the best of both worlds when they choose to study abroad somewhere like the US.

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