ERIC Number: ED224419
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Incoming International Students. Research Report # 6-82.
Leong, Frederick T. L.; Sedlacek, William E.
The general background, views of the university, career and educational plans, academic skills, and personal development of incoming international students at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), were surveyed. Students were also given the opportunity to indicate their social and political attitudes and their specific concerns about adjusting to the university. The UMCP international students were quite similar in terms of general characteristics to a national sample, as reported by the Institute for International Education (IIE) in its annual survey. The majority of both samples came from South and East Asia, followed by the Middle East. However, unlike the IIE sample, the UMCP sample consisted of both immigrant and nonimmigrant students. Sixty-one percent of the sample were males and 66 percent were undergraduates. Half of the respondents had been in the United States for less than a year. Forty-three of the incoming international students had graduated in the top 10 percent of their class, and 47 percent expected to earn a doctoral degree in their lifetime. For 67 percent of the students, UMCP was their first choice, while it was second choice for 22 percent. Fifty-seven percent of the respondents chose investigative occupations as part of their occupational goals, followed by social (17 percent) and enterprising (10 percent) occupations. In terms of adjusting to college, the international students were most concerned about meeting financial expenses and budgeting time, and least concerned about selecting a field of study and/or career, and getting to meet and know other students. Some of the questionnaire items are included. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Career Planning, College Choice, College Students, Educational Background, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Occupational Aspiration, Political Attitudes, Questionnaires, Student Adjustment, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship
Counseling Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.
Identifiers: University of Maryland College Park