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US Colleges Seek More International Students

2017-07-19

US Colleges Seek More International Students

Brooklyn College students walk between classes on campus, Wednesday Feb. 1, 2017, in New York. Students say they welcome Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tuition-free proposal for state colleges, but it represents about a third of the typical four-year student’s total college bill only--room and board are the bigger ticket items. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) Efforts to bring international students to U.S. campuses and send American students overseas has accelerated in the past five years, according to an American Council on Education (ACE) survey of U.S. colleges.International engagement was “high” or “very high,” ACE said of the more than 70 percent of 1,100 American colleges and universities it polled in 2016.Schools have stepped up efforts to “internationalize” campuses in the face of globalization, the report said, but “efforts are still focused first and foremost on the external,” meaning more international students come in than domestic students go out.The U.S. hosted more than 1 million international students in the 2015-2016 school year, with more than 328,000 coming from China followed by 165,000 India, according to Institute for International Education (IIE) statistics.The next largest groups came from Saudi Arabia (61,000 or 5.9 percent) and South Korea (61,000 or 5.8 percent). The rest come in relatively small percentages from Canada (2.6), Vietnam (2.1), Taiwan (2.0), Brazil (1.9), Japan (1.8), Mexico (1.6), Iran (1.2), UK (1.1), Turkey (1.0), Nigeria (1.0), Germany (1.0), Kuwait (0.9), Nepal (0.9), France (0.8), Indonesia (0.8), Venezuela (0.8), Hong Kong (0.8), Malaysia (0.8), Colombia (0.7), Thailand (0.7) and Spain (0.6).Conversely, the U.S. sent more than 310,000 students to study abroad, with 63 percent of those spending the summer or eight weeks of less abroad. Thirty-four percent spent a semester and 2.5 percent stayed an entire school year.More than half of U.S. students study abroad in Europe. Sixteen percent go to Latin America or the Caribbean and 11 percent to Asia, IIE reported.“Program enrollment was notably skewed toward non-U.S. students,” the report said. “Nearly two-thirds of programs enrolled only students from the partners country, while about one-third enrolled a mix of U.S. and foreign students. Just four percent of programs included in the survey enrolled only U.S. students.”As the number of students coming to the U.S. increases, so does the demand for administrators to attend to those foreign students.“More institutions are implementing policies, procedures, and planning processes to guide internationalization efforts,” in its most recent “Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses” report.To address this need, schools and colleges will partner more with other institutions, making curriculum more international and training faculty in this arena, the report said.More and more institutions are creating academic policies and programming to foster on-campus global learning for a larger number of students.For example, Hofstra University in New York graduated its first class of 10 students who received a simultaneous degree from Dalian University in China. Columbia University in New York and University of California-Berkeley partner with Sciences Po, a well-respected French university.“The top partner countries were China, France, Turkey, Germany and South Korea,” the report explained.However, “the level of support that international students receive once they arrive on campus, while trending upward, remains a concern,” the report said.Because the largest population of international students are non-native English speakers – Chinese — some educators say these students may self-isolate and not assimilate into American society. Concerns have been raised that international students are seen as revenue generators for U.S. schools because they typically pay full tuition.International students added $32.8 billion to the U.S. economy in 2015.ACE received 1,164 responses to nearly 3,000 invitations to participate in the survey. The information was collected between February and December 2016.
Classroom Culture Frustrates Foreign Students

2017-07-19

Classroom Culture Frustrates Foreign Students

New international students at Duke University in North Carolina play games to get to know each other. More than one-third of international students polled say they wish their professors would try to understand them better and provide helpful advice, a recent study says.“When I was in Ethiopia, I was taught to be more reserved, more quiet,” says Kedest Mathewos, 19, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “Whereas here, everyone tends to speak up, express their opinions all the time. So, it’s kind of hard to get used to that.”ELS Educational Services polled 662 international students at 23 U.S. colleges and universities, and presented its findings in February at the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) conference in Washington. ELS operates more than 80 language learning centers at U.S. colleges to help students improve their English. AIEA focuses on “advancing the international dimensions of higher education,” says its website.Many students expressed concern about their relationships with professors. About one-third of the students polled said they wished that professors would offer:More helpful advice about adapting to the American classroomUnderstanding for the international student experienceClass materials that used more non-U.S. examplesMany international students believe that if they can pass standardized tests like TOEFL or SAT, they can understand lectures and thrive in American classrooms, says John Nicholson, vice president of marketing and communications for ELS.But passing a language test does not prepare international students for cultural differences in a new learning environment, he says.“Ultimately, to be successful in a classroom you have to understand what the expectations are, but also, the right way to express concerns and questions,” Nicholson says. Kedest Mathewos (Courtesy of International Community School of Addis Ababa)This complaint among international students is common, says Lisa Giragosian, director of the international student office at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She says teachers should help international students deal with cultural misunderstandings.“For every faculty member who’s very conscious … and globally-minded and seeking an international student’s opinion, there’s somebody else who’s not,” she says.Professors in the U.S. expect students to ask questions and lead discussions, while international classrooms do not focus on class participation. Some cultures see participation as impolite and too bold.Giragosian suggests that international student seek help before they begin their studies in the U.S. They should meet with professors during office hours outside of class as needed, and meet with other international students to discuss concerns and practice speaking in class.International students add to the experiences of American students, Giragosian says, and professors need to be open to all students. Duke offers training for professors to better understand how international students think and learn.Mathewos began studying global health at Duke in August 2016. The 19-year-old attended an international high school in her home country, which prepared her for what to expect in the U.S. But she still struggled at first, even with extra preparation, she admits.Mathewos, who earned a scholarship from a MasterCard program, says it has helped by connecting her with past members. She has learned from their experiences, she says, and passes that along to her international colleagues.She often meets with other international students to talk about their shared problems, like those listed in the ELS study. And she recently created a program that gives letters to professors at the beginning of a study term, asking them to consider the special challenges international students face.More than 1 million international students attend college or university in the U.S. They added $32.8 billion to the U.S. economy last year.
Free Speech on Campus Being Compromised, Students Say

2017-07-19

Free Speech on Campus Being Compromised, Students Say

Daryl Tempesta tapes a sign over his mouth in protest during a demonstration Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. Demonstrators gathered near the University of California, Berkeley campus amid a strong police presence and rallied to show support for free speech and condemn the views of Ann Coulter and her supporters. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)United States college students warned Congress on Tuesday that free speech is being threatened across the country.The testimony is in response to campus violence against controversial speakers, and “free speech zones” on at least one campus. Free speech zones are areas designated for protest on some campuses.Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Zach Wood, a student at Williams College in Massachusetts, said he has seen “considerable backlash in addition to administrative obstacles” since becoming president of a group called Uncomfortable Learning. That group invites controversial guests to speak on campus.He said he fears that students at many colleges are only hearing a single liberal opinion on many issues.Demonstrators sharing opposing views argue during a rally Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. Demonstrators gathered near the University of California, Berkeley campus amid a strong police presence and rallied to show support for free speech and condemn the views of Ann Coulter and her supporters. (AP Photo/Marcio JSanchez)Isaac Smith, a former student at Ohio University, spoke of a friend who was threatened with arrest for gathering signatures outside of the school’s designated “free speech zone.”“There have been multiple cases across the country where students have been prevented from distributing copies of the United States Constitution … outside of their schools’ misleadingly labeled ‘free speech zones,’” Smith said. “Taken together, we know that administrators nationwide are stifling free speech.”Disagreements on speakersThe hearing comes after several high-profile incidents on college campuses across the country in which invited speakers were blocked from speaking by administrators or had their events interrupted by violent protesters.A crowd gathers around speakers during a rally for free speech April 27, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif.The most recent incident came in April when the University of California-Berkeley canceled preemptively a scheduled speaking event by conservative commentator Ann Coulter, saying the school couldn’t control any violence around Coulter.Richard Cohen, president of the advocacy group Southern Poverty Law Center, told senators he has “sympathy for the educators’ impulse to protect,” and encouraged administrators to teach their students to “counter speech with speech.”“They recognize that harm does not only come from physical violence, that trauma and terror can hurt as much as guns and fists,” he said.A month before the Coulter incident, a group of about 200 students at Vermont’s Middlebury College shouted down conservative author Charles Murray, refusing to let him speak. As Murray tried to leave campus, protesters jumped on his car and assaulted a professor who accompanied him.Cohen’s organization has labeled Murray a “white nationalist,” based on his research into a potential link between race and intelligence. He told Senators on Tuesday that students and universities “should not give racists an audience.”White nationalist activityAccording to Cohen, the recent bouts of violence come “against a backdrop of increased white nationalist activity” on college campuses, and so, he says, “it comes as little surprise that we have seen a strong backlash among students.”“Since the spring of 2016, we have documented approximately 250 incidents — on more than 150 campuses — in which racist flyers were distributed. Nearly 200 of these incidents occurred after the November election,” he said.Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the judiciary committee, said he believes free speech is being “sacrificed at the altar of political correctness.”“Many administrators believe that students should be shielded from hate speech, whatever that is, as an exception to the First Amendment,” he said. “Unfortunately, this censorship is no different from any other examples in history, when speech that authorities deemed to be heretical has been suppressed based on its content.”Grassley said he is concerned school administrators will “take the easy route of giving in to student pressure to restrict debate,” but he said he was encouraged by schools like the University of Chicago, which recently adopted a policy to prohibit administrators from suppressing speech on campus that some find offensive or immoral.“It calls for counter-speech rather than suppression by people who disagree with speech,” said Grassley.
Short Term Enrichment Program (STEP)

2016-01-04

Short Term Enrichment Program (STEP)

Note,“cause our applicants are the first time to take participate STEP, the above pictures are not my application.Imagine walking up the gangplank of a historic ship knowing you are going to be part of its history that very day.  Having the chance to explore below deck, experience flight simulators, climb up and down metal stairways as you discover the length and breadth of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier. Breathing in the fresh cool air of the Pacific Ocean as you stand in awe of this mighty ship.Imagination is wonderful but these moments have come true for seven Short Term Enrichment Program (STEP) participants from China. At present they are in San Diego, CA sharing the excitement of all the USS Midway has to offer with those that come to visit each day.As they serve in different areas, they stand out as volunteers wearing their navy blue jackets with the Midway emblem emblazoned on the front. Veterans of past wars shuffle by reliving memories of this and other ships they have served on. Families smile and laugh as they carry children upon their shoulders or push grandparents in wheelchairs between helicopters and airplanes on the flight deck. All the time there is a cacophony of sound as many languages ring in their ears.  However, every now and then Chinese is heard and the volunteers step forward answering questions in their own language.Each STEP participant has been oriented in the ship’s lore and seeks to help and assist those visiting and wanting to learn more.  The USS Midway staff have been amazing.  They truly appreciate each participant and all that they have contributed.Imagine walking up the gangplank and being of service to others while visiting the United States as a STEP participant!
Work & Travel Staff Attend Cooking Class

2016-01-04

Work & Travel Staff Attend Cooking Class

Work & Travel department recently gathered together for their annual conference which was held just north of San Francisco.  The conference provided a great opportunity to discuss all aspects of the program and share ideas. There was also some time for a little fun as the group enjoyed a cooking class.The cooking class took place in Wine Country at Relish Culinary Adventures in Healdsburg, CA.  They learned to make a variety of items including beef wellington, deviled eggs and a ham and cheese biscuit.
“My Unforgettable Exchange Experience in the U.S.”

2016-01-04

“My Unforgettable Exchange Experience in the U.S.”

Chinese exchange student shares “My Unforgettable Exchange Experience in the U.S.”:Time flies, and I have already spent a month in the U.S. When looking back, I can still remember feeling exciting, expecting, and nervous when the plane landed. Life and experience in the U.S. were very different from China, and the big contrast inspired me to learn and to understand. In one word, everything is awesome.As a volunteer, I helped in the summer camp which is called The Family Development Center. There were various kinds of activities arranged for children, and we worked to help them. When children went to the cinema, we helped to manage the team.  There was a Christmas Day on August 3rd. I really realized the true meaning of Christmas which was a blessing. The kind people bring gifts to the children, and they award some children for their great performance and contribution, which most impressed me was the whole process.As a chemistry major student, I hoped to introduce the students to something I have learned. Luckily, on August 4th I showed two experiments by using simple tools in our life to the children. Obviously, it was a big success, everyone was inspired by the experiment, and I am sure they were attracted by the charm of science. Besides, I helped in the store which called “The Give” to help kids with cancer. I do believe it was a meaningful work. At the same time, I also experienced bowling and visited a college in Florida.Apart from the volunteer work, I really want to thank my host family. Living in an unfamiliar country, they make me feel at home. It is my honor to live with them and spend the whole month together. I talked with them about American culture, lifestyle, and I gradually understood the difference. We went to the beach to enjoy ourselves and we went to the Flagler Museum, appreciating the ancient American’s life. What a amazing experience. Of course, I ate American food every day. That’s delicious!I learned so much about American and education. I believe, it is an unforgettable, meaningful time in my whole life
New Host Businesses of Summer work and travel USA Program.

2016-01-04

New Host Businesses of Summer work and travel USA Program.

The USA Work & Travel employers include amusement parks, ski resorts, retailers, restaurant and fast-food chains, hotels and many other companies located throughout the United States. Our sponsors provide them with enthusiastic and motivated international staff in various seasonal and temporary job positions.OHIE sponsors are designated by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor participants in an exchange visitor program under the USA Work & Travel Program. Which gives OHIE sponsors a chance to offer many U.S businesses a different and rewarding solution for their employment needs during the peak of the spring, summer or winter season. All participants on the USA Work & Travel program are university students with strong English skills who are authorized to accept employment in the United States for up to 4 months. The participants enroll in the program during the period that coincides with their official summer holiday in their home country.Work & Travel J-1 Visa Staff are available to work up to four months during their summer break. Availability varies by country. See chart for student availability by season. Dates may vary at some universities.OHIE sponsors will place participants from more countries which are not included in the list above. You may receive WT employees from Slovakia, UK, Croatia, Latvia and others.  We are always developing new partnerships.
Media said the Department of education as the study abroad push profits

2016-01-04

Media said the Department of education as the study abroad push profits

Two Zhejiang young girls, because in San Francisco suffered a plane crash, unfortunately. The bad news came, to study abroad the sounds come from. From reports and online remarks can be seen, in recent years the international travel prevailed, every summer and winter vacation, to the American and European aircraft everywhere collective travel primary, middle and high school students, sometimes to air tickets in the English speaking countries even hard to get a vote, with "growth spurt to go abroad to travel a bit hot for."China Youth Daily" on July 10, published the "crash pull overseas travel chaos" and cited the study tour of some of the chaos: said travel is in fact, tourism is that tourism is also through a fancy to visit, or even look at the school gate even visited the famous university; communication is find a few college students chat singing and dancing for dinner, and even study tours to alienation for tourism shopping tour......Travel, just as its name implies is in travel learning, play in the process of learning and understanding different from their usual life area of geographical and cultural customs and all kinds of information and knowledge, is not in the school closed learning, is not pure travel, the so-called "reading thousands of books, ten thousand miles". China is a country with a vast territory, regardless of topography, scenic or historic sites, all are numerous, can provide rich resources for the tour, but in recent years, compared with almost crazy international travel, domestic travel is not temperature is not fire, some schools preferred students to travel abroad, nor the summer camp, is this why?The original is "interest". International travel has became some of the institutions in the eyes of the fat, profitable channel. A travel agency responsible person said, the profit space of the international travel, organizers from each participant at least earn 5000 dollars. To go to the United States, for example, if the operation well, ticket booking in advance can be a lot cheaper, living in the United States to eat,, line, the cost shared equally to everyone, every day just to 800 yuan to 1000 yuan, to calculate the 14 days of the trip, charges are generally a 3 million yuan or more than 4 million yuan, removal of various costs, travel agencies can get at least 1 million yuan of profits, a battalion of dozens of people, the profit will be amounted to hundreds of thousands of yuan. And the profits of domestic summer camp or travel is much lower, only from everyone who earn hundreds of yuan, appears to be negligible, not into the body of the discernment.Now engaged in the international travel including the travel agency, training institutions, study agencies and other organizations and their operations have a common characteristic, is with the education department or school cooperation, collective organization students abroad. Relative to the school, the parents of students generally agree with the school organization of the summer camp, that security is guaranteed. In order to strive to opportunities for cooperation with the school and outside organizations the most common tricks is to schools with more free places. For example, recruit students to a teacher free places, of course, the cost of teacher is spread to the students.A specializes in domestic and international travel service agency responsible person, once took a red head file by the province education department to reporters reflect, the province as early as 10 years ago on the establishment of the International Education Exchange Service Center, is currently the largest study tours organization one. Is different from other commercial organizations, it is subordinate to the Provincial Department of education institutions. A prerequisite for this, the agency will be through the province of primary and secondary school students to study abroad organization issued a document.Similar to the international exchange center is present in many provinces, although belonging to different departments, common characteristics are to administrative functions will earn profits of the market. To do so, on the one hand will push up the price of travel abroad, on the other hand, students can easily get the comparisons of the heart. Many parents see other children's holiday abroad, also let the children participate in the blind. However, international travel can really achieve the anticipated goal?I refer to the plurality of explanding travel routes, most of which is about two weeks, but only four or five days time for visiting a college campus, and the rest of the time mostly in tour scenic spots and historical sites and the shopping, the proportion of "travel" was significantly greater than that of "learning", almost no access to the local social life. It is worth noting is that now to go abroad to study tour dilinghua trend is more and more obvious, let a ten year old child to go abroad, see and experience to the inevitably very one-sided. Many foreign students in the school only half a day, the rest of the day is the movement or development of interest and hobbies. There had been such a situation: Chinese students to see this phenomenon, was shocked, some people come back but did not want to go to school.How more convenient and more economical and more effectively broaden horizons of students, how to make students learn to swim in middle school, this is the education departments and schools should be research, guidance, and not directly involved in the operation of the high fees study tour.
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