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What is the definition of international students?

Which countries are the top three most popular destinations for international students in 2019?

What is the highest ratio of international students per head of population?

What are the top two countries of origin for foreign students in the US?

What is the Global Assessment Certification (GAC) Program?

What is the W-curve model?

What is positive affectivity?

What is the responsibility of host families for international students?

What is the American Association of International Educators' identified key factors in international academic success?


International Students: Facts and Figures

  • International students are those who move to a different country for the purpose of tertiary education.

  • In 2019, there were over 6 million international students worldwide, with the US, Australia, and the UK being the most popular destinations.

  • The definition of "foreign" or "international" students varies by country.

  • Political developments are a major factor in the mobility of international students.

  • Australia has the highest ratio of international students per head of population, with 26.7% of university students being international.

  • China is the leading destination for Anglophone African students and the top destination globally for international students.

  • India and Japan are emerging destinations for international students.

  • Many international students are seeking "value for money" and exploring alternative destinations.

  • In 2019, the top 10 countries for foreign student enrollment were the US, Australia, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, China, Russia, Japan, and South Korea.

  • The number of foreign students in the US is rapidly increasing, with China and India being the top countries of origin.

  • Prospective foreign students are usually required to sit for language tests before admission.Challenges Faced by International Students in English-Speaking Countries

  • Foreign students are required to obtain a student visa to study in the US and must prove their financial ability to pay for their tuition and living expenses.

  • International students contribute $33.8 billion to the US economy and 335,000 jobs, according to research from NAFSA.

  • To recruit more foreign students, higher education institutions need to diversify the markets from which they recruit.

  • The Global Assessment Certification (GAC) Program is a university preparation program that helps students from non-English speaking backgrounds prepare for university-level study.

  • Opening international branch campuses is a new strategy for recruiting foreign students in other countries.

  • Many international students face difficulties in language use, cultural differences, and a lack of support groups.

  • Plagiarism is a serious offense in academia and international students may struggle with understanding American academic standards.

  • International students studying in a foreign country face a life-altering event which can cause distress that can potentially affect their mental wellness.

  • Language and communication barriers add to student anxiety and stress.

  • Studying abroad is a valuable program for international students as it is intended to increase their knowledge and understanding of other cultures.

  • Failure to participate in classroom discussions can be a serious obstacle to good grades for international students who come from countries with the view that professors are to be held in awe.

  • Lack of participation can be interpreted as disinterest, and may lead to lower grades.International Student Study Abroad: Accommodation, Coping, and Adjustment

Accommodation plays a significant role in determining the study abroad experience.

Host families are volunteers who house a student during their program and receive payment for hosting.

International students can choose to live on or off-campus, but living off-campus is a popular choice as it allows students to be more independent and learn more about the new culture.

The w-curve model created by Gullahorn and Gullahorn (1963) is a W-shaped model that attempts to give a visual description of a traveler's possible experience of culture shock when entering a new culture and the re-entry shock experienced when returning home.

Positive affectivity is an emotional disposition that affects the adjustment of international students to their new environment.

Adjustment to a foreign work environment and its operationalization have been the subject of broad methodological discussion.

The American Association of International Educators has identified learning approaches and assimilating inter-cultural experiences as key factors in international academic success.

Host families are responsible for providing a room, meals, and a stable family environment for the student.

Universities that host international students will offer assistance in obtaining accommodation.

Homestays, paid accommodation with a host family, are available in some countries.

Most international student advisory services allow for a switch of hosts if problems arise.


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