ERIC Number: ED268421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Needs and Characteristics of Undergraduate International Students. Research Report #1-86.
Carter, Robert T.; Sedlacek, William E.
Higher educational institutions in the United States have reported increased enrollment of international students in recent years. The Institute of International Education projects that, by 1990, on million international students may be attending colleges and universities in the United States. A study was conducted to determine the needs, interests, and goals of undergraduate international students at the University of Maryland, College Park. Entering undergraduate international students (N=56) from Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Mideast completed an anonymous questionnaire concerning their backgrounds, goals, perceptions, and attitudes regarding their education, vocational plans, social issues, and self-perceptions. The results suggest that the international undergraduate students come from diverse cultural backgrounds. The students sampled tended to be supported by family members, both economically and psychologically. Students reported feeling that meeting U.S. students and learning to think independently would be difficult adjustments. International students reported high hopes and expectations of success. Since many international students experience financial, personal, and interpersonal difficulties at U.S. institutions, appropriate support services should be provided in order to facilitate their adjustment to the United States. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.
Note: Best copy available. For a related document, see CG 018 990.