ERIC Number: ED248782
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Characteristics of Undergraduate International Students. Research Report 6-83.
Manese, Jeanne E.; And Others
Characteristics and attitudes of 96 incoming foreign undergraduate students at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), were surveyed in the fall of 1982. Based on questionnaire responses, information was obtained on students' backgrounds, perceptions, goals, needs, and lifestyle. The data showed that a majority of the students were from South or East Asia, and that male students slightly outnumbered female students. Overall, the incoming foreign students had fairly strong academic backgrounds and anticipated a positive experience at the university. They ranked UMCP highly, most frequently citing a good academic reputation as the primary reason for choosing to attend UMCP. Investigative occupations were indicated by the majority of students as present occupational goals. Career preparation, exploration of job opportunities related to major, and improvement of writing and speaking skills were reported as greatest needs, while adjusting to social life of college was viewed as the easiest aspect of coming to UMCP. More than half of the incoming undergraduate foreign students indicated an interest in educational-vocational counseling, while slightly less than half stated a definite interest in emotional-social counseling. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Occupational Aspiration, State Universities, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Undergraduate Students
University of Maryland, Counseling Center, College Park, MD.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.