ERIC Number: ED203776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Needs of Foreign Students from Developing Nations at U.S. Colleges and Universities.
Lee, Motoko Y.; And Others
The met and unmet needs of foreign students from developing countries in the United States were investigated. In addition, an attempt was made to assess whether the self-perceived needs of Agency for International Development (AID) sponsored students are different from or similar to those of other foreign students, both sponsored and nonsponsored. After pretesting of the research design at Iowa State University, a national survey was conducted in 1979. Nearly 1,900 students from 30 universities responded to the questionnaire, and this sample represented 102 nations, excluding North America, Europe (except Turkey and Portugal), and Japan. In every category of needs, needs were not satisfied to the level of students' expectations. Needs for practical experience (work experience and opportunities to apply knowledge), and anticipated post-return needs for both material rewards and professional opportunities and facilities were among the least well met. Financial needs and prereturn information needs were also among the least well met, but were considered to be less problematic since they can more easily be solved. Among the 24 categories of needs, information needs were best analyzed in terms of a number of selected personal characteristics of the students: regions of the world from which they came, major and whether or not they had jobs waiting in their countries. Several other characteristics were also analyzed in relation to need composites: school size, prestige accorded to one's country, age, marital status, length of stay, orientation, and previous international experience. Based on the results, a profile of a student who is likely to be most satisfied is presented. A bibliography is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Developing Nations, Employment Opportunities, Financial Needs, Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Information Needs, International Educational Exchange, National Surveys, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Student Needs, Undergraduate Students, Work Experience
National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, 1860 19th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Agency for International Development (Dept. of State), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, Washington, DC.