International Students Experience at Bluefield State College

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Yelena V. Fadina
810 S. Main St. 16B
Salisbury, NC 28144
803-984-9104

December 11, 2011

John C. Cardwell
Bluefield State College
Conley Hall 312
219 Rock Street
Bluefield WV 24701

Dear Mr.Cardwell:
As a former international student of Bluefield State College, I want to thank the administration for great support and faculty stuff for outstanding academic experience during past two years. I know that you have biggest interest in well-being of foreign students. Your first priority always was to provide the best experience and support in any situation to every student on campus. The main purpose of this proposal is to make international students feel more comfortable and confident while at Bluefield State College. There are few difficulties that international students go through by arriving to college. First is a language barrier, which affects foreign students’ academic and social success. Second is cultural adaptation, which slower students’ transition into the new culture and understanding of local traditions. Third is the distance from a family which makes it hard for a student to go through some difficulties, when family can’t give any suggestion in a different situation due to cultural differences. Development of international student support center would help students to adapt to a new education system and culture faster. Organization of mix cultural events on campus would help make friends among the local population and help in cultural transition. Mentoring would give support to situations when family couldn’t help and improve academic results. I believe that if the administration will take all this concerns under consideration and implement some of the suggestions; it will drive up the retention of international students as well as new recruitment and overall satisfaction of foreign students.

Sincerely,

Yelena Fadina

Research Paper for MBA 601 Organizational Communications
International Students experience at Bluefield State College Final Proposal
Yelena Fadina
Pfeiffer University

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Executive Summary…………………………………………………..4 Introduction…………………………………………………………..4 Arguments…………………………………………………………….5 a. Language barrier…………………………………………….........5 b. Cultural Difference…………………………………………..........7 c. Distance Family………………….…………………………………8 d. Social Interaction……………….………………………………….9 Recommendations……………………………………………………..9 a. Mentoring…………………..……………………………………..9 b. Counseling Services……………………………………………….10 c. Pre-entry English courses………….………………………………11 d. Intercultural Events……………………………………………….12 Conclusion……………………………………………………………..12 References……………………………………………………………..13

Executive Summary
This proposal paper concentrates on difficulties that international students going through while studying in foreign countries. Bluefield State College is one school, but a good example of international student’s transaction in a new environment. Main purpose of this research paper is to single out the major challenge for colleges in the United States. This proposal will identify different symptoms that dictate experience of international students at the university. Research will describe arguments like language barrier, cultural differences, distance from the family and social interaction in great details. Another helpful aspect of this paper is to suggest solutions to all the arguments. Developing international student’s center will improve foreign students’ satisfaction with a college experience. This proposal will explain how mentoring, counseling and cultural exchange events will improve students experience and academic success. Introduction

Every school wants to be recognized not only locally but also worldwide. Schools try to attract student from all over the world by giving scholarships to...
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