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    Posted May 23, 2014 by

    Record High of International Students Calls for More Supportive Universities

    The number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States hit a record high in the 2012-2013 school year. Stephanie Sanford, Director of Global Student Services at Biola University, says she hears stories of students who come to the U.S. to escape their shame based culture. She believes that this may be one of the contributing factors to the rising numbers.

    Students may come to the U.S. to leave their shame based culture, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are happy in the U.S. Many students struggle to make close friends and integrate into American classrooms and dorm rooms. So how can this problem be dealt with to give international students a better experience in the U.S?

    The Global Student Services Program at Biola University values having older international students leading younger international students. They believe this encourages relationships between people with similar experiences. It provides international students with someone they can relate to upon entering a new country.

    Tamene Menna is a Graduate student at Biola University who came to the U.S. from Ethiopia, where he was a Dean of a University and influential leader. Menna said domestic students can help international students transition to the new culture the most just by showing a genuine interest in getting to know them.

    With strong international programs and support from domestic students, the transition to a new learning environment can become easier for this growing population of international students, helping them feel more accepted into campus life.
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