ERIC Number: ED276296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Adjustment Problems of Foreign Students in U.S. Colleges and Universities. Q&A.
Meloni, Christine F.
Large numbers of foreign students attend United States colleges and universities, and the institutions can play a major role in facilitating the students' adjustment to life in a new culture. The foreign students' most common problems include homesickness, finances, housing and food, English language proficiency, understanding lectures and participating in class discussions, preparing written and oral reports, understanding American social customs, making friends, forming relationships with the opposite sex, and acceptance in social groups. The major variables affecting student adjustment are national origin, undergraduate versus graduate status, sex differences, marital status, and major field of study. Institutions can ease the adjustment process by making available English language instruction, orientation programs, counseling, host family programs, and programs linking foreign students with American student study partners. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Acculturation, College Role, College Students, Counseling Services, Culture Conflict, Foreign Students, Higher Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Majors (Students), Marital Status, School Orientation, Second Language Instruction, Sex Differences, Sociocultural Patterns, Stress Variables, Student Adjustment, Student Characteristics
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.