ERIC Number: ED296272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Academic and Career Needs of International U.S. College Students. Research Report #17-87.
Leong, Frederick T. L.; Sedlacek, William E.
Over the past few decades there has been a rapid increase in the number of international students coming to study in the United States. While some recent studies have begun to examine the academic and career needs of international students, most of these studies did not directly compare the needs of international students to those of American students. This study was conducted to assess career and academic needs of incoming international students (N=215) and to compare those needs to needs of United States students (N=1,002). Two general patterns emerged from the results. First, international students expressed greater academic and career needs than did American students. Second, the rank-ordering of relative importance of the needs differed between the two groups. Job seeking skills and exploring job opportunities were ranked as relatively more important to American students than they were to international students. International students ranked the need to learn how to prepare a career and the need to see a counselor about career plans as relatively more important than did students from the United States. These findings suggest implications for counseling programs designed to help international students. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Career Planning, Cross Cultural Studies, Employment Opportunities, Foreign Students, Higher Education, Student Needs, Undergraduate Students
University of Maryland, Counseling Center, College Park, MD.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.