Dec 4 2012
Benefits and Challenges of International Education Introduction
As U.S government provide more opportunities for international student to study in U.S, the education of international students in US universities has grown greatly over recent years and California has very high ratio of international students to local students. A question comes up into my mind that should students study abroad? If the answer is yes, what are the benefits on both side of international students and local students? According to Byrd, many U.S colleges and universities have received international students into their programs without thinking about what they were doing. (Byrd 1) What are the challenges for the international students and how can they overcome them? Is it worth to overcome these obstacles to study abroad? Local support
According to Krishna, the foreign student population in U.S has raised from 547,867 in 2000 to 690,923 in 2010. Chinese student enrollment has increased 30% and Indian students increased 15%. But they are facing many problems like financing, balancing work and study schedules and culture difference which hindering them to study abroad. Basically, international students value the quality of their education at first. International students usually do not familiar with the systems and programs of U.S colleges since the educational systems including learning and teaching are totally different. Thus, they need more accurate information than local students to make decisions. On the other hand, according to the laws, non-immigrant students do not have the rights to apply for financial aid which do not make sense to whom desire for the knowledge. Transportation and entertainment also can be a very hard issue for them. (Krishna Bista Charlotte Foster)They lost the chance to communicate with society and they get isolated from others which will make them feel lonelier. International students have lots of “homework” to do before they study abroad. However, these obstacles cannot stop their steps to get advanced science and technology knowledge in US colleges. Institutions should provide warm and effective help to these international students which benefits them and attract more people to follow. Language
Language always is the hardest part for international students. Language is the main tool of communication in the society, without correct expressions, it may lead many misunderstandings. According to Benzie, international students have low levels of English comprehension who graduate from colleges. Learning foreign language may be is not that hard to hinder students from studying abroad, but comprehending the culture of language could be very difficult for the international students. Research shows that English language proficiency is not being developed during higher education experience and their language experiences are not adequate enough to communicate with native speakers. The reason is quite obviously, international students usually do not hang out with domestic students. They speak their home language all the time with students from same country except few times with professor and native students. It is not good for their English learning because they do not practice it. If foreign students want to remain in U.S for employment, their writing, speaking and reading skills should be increased. They need to speak in English every minute which help to achieve higher levels of language proficiency in order to receive the benefits of study abroad. College also could provide more opportunities for international students to interact in pure English language environment. (Benzie, Helen Joy 1) Other Challenges
According to Natalia, international students should widely consider whether they can afford the pressure of culture shock, homesickness and the ability to understand. No matter how much international students have prepared,...