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Advising ESL and International Students

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Advising ESL and International Students

Moderator: Terry Musser (Penn State University)

60 min – February 27, 2013 (DW47 – Season 7)

Recruitment of international students has become a high priority for many higher education institutions in the United States and Canada. As a result, academic advisors are seeing significantly higher numbers of advisees who have come to their campuses from other parts of the world. What do academic advisors and advising administrators need to know to provide appropriate support for these students? Questions we need to ask may include: Why do students choose to come to North America for higher education? What cultural and financial circumstances may factor into their decision-making processes? What should advisors know about the prior experiences and assumptions of students who began their education in other systems? How can advisors help these students capitalize on experience they bring from their own countries? How can we assist with the initial transition to our campuses? How can we help these students adjust to a new culture and educational system? Drawing on their experiences as international students and as advisors working with international students, recent immigrants, and refugees, our panelists suggest strategies to assist advisors as they interact with students who are transitioning into North American higher education.