ERIC Number: ED197671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
235,000 Foreign Students in U.S. Colleges and Universities: Impact and Response. A Commentary on the NAFSA Symposium (University of Maryland, College Park, September 25-26, 1978).
Hood, Mary Ann G.; Reardon-Anderson, Kathleen
Based on a 1978 symposium sponsored by National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA), information is presented on foreign students in the United States, the case of Saudi Arabian government-sponsored students in the U.S., the U.S. response to the needs of foreign students and their countries, and unresolved issues. The profile of foreign students studying in the United States covers where students come from, fields of study, levels of study, sources of financial support, and new dimensions of international exchange. For the Saudis, the three most popular fields of study are education, engineering, and business management. Difficulties regarding admission of Saudi students to U.S. institutions and the limited higher education opportunities in Saudi Arabia are addressed. The U.S. response is discussed in terms of the roles of the federal and state governments in supporting international educational exchange, the roles of institutions and faculty, teaching assistantships for foreign students, curriculum flexibility, and the case of the engineering curricula in the United States. Unresolved issues include accreditation practices as they relate to programs involving large numbers of foreign students, practical training opportunities for foreign students, problems ln reentry/transition to the home country, and the loss of human resources when foreign students do not return home. Recommendations, data on foreign students, and references are included. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, College Admission, College Curriculum, College Role, College Students, Engineering Education, Federal Government, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, International Educational Exchange, Majors (Students), State Government, Student College Relationship, Student Financial Aid, Student Needs, Teacher Role, Teaching Assistants
Publications Order Desk, National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, 1860 19th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20009.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Agency for International Development (Dept. of State), Washington, DC. Office of International Training.; International Communication Agency, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Saudi Arabia