ERIC Number: ED066138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Exploring Education. Students from Overseas.
Yates, Alfred, Ed.
Students entering college for the first time are often confronted with adjustment problems that seem to them unsurmountable and impossible. There is the transition from living dependently with parents to semi-independent living on the college campus, in addition to the many problems encountered in academic areas. If a student, accustomed to the speech, climate, and other college environmental features, experiences great difficulties in adjustment, it is no surprise that students studying in a foreign country experience even greater problems. To define and ultimately alleviate some of the problems of foreign students, a study of foreign students in Great Britain was conducted. From the study it is clear that there is a need for systematic and effective procedures whereby the academic capabilities of foreign applicants may be assessed so that they can be assigned to courses that are suited to their requirements. Criteria for admission that have been found to have predictive value are: grades obtained in previous academic work; English test scores; an assessment of the candidate's financial resources; and an approisal of the student's capacity to adjust to a new social and cultural environment. The other most pressing need for foreign students is the need for more effective guidance and counseling to be made available after their arrival in Britain and throughout their stay. Such counseling could mean the difference between a foreign student dropout and a successful happy foreign student. (HS)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Foreign Student Advisers, Foreign Students, Higher Education, International Education, Student Adjustment, Student Evaluation, Student Exchange Programs
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Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research in England and Wales, London.