International students tend to report less satisfaction and report less learning has taken place when compared to (US) domestic students. Furthermore, international students respond in a similar fashion as visible minority students when asked to report their feelings about campus climate (at US schools). These were two points two colleagues and I made in a presentation at the NASPA 2012 conference earlier this month.
Comparing International & Domestic Students: Understanding Key Differences was a presentation that Darlena Jones, Deb Boykin and I gave at the conference. The session had four parts: overview of international students studying around the globe, then data gathered by EBI was shared, then stories were shared from an ACUHO-I study tour of China and finally Ryerson International Student Services' history book was shared. Here is the presentation:
Some of the key points to take away from the session includes:
- More students are studying abroad and more institutions from more countries are trying to attract international students.
- International students are, typically, less satisfied and report less learning has taken place than US domestic students
- Minority and International students perceive their environments similarly
- All institutions will continue to see an increase in International student enrollment; especially from China
[Correction: For those of you who attended our session at the NASPA conference I want to correct one comment I made regarding retention rates. I indicated that the retention rate for international students at my school was higher than the general student population. I was mistaken. The reverse is true. Sorry for any misunderstanding this may have caused.]