ERIC Number: ED355886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Adult International Students: Problems of Adjustment.
Huntley, Helen S.
This paper examines research findings on adult international students and their adjustment problems while attending U.S. schools of higher education. Specific areas related to the adult student, some of which may also involve related issues of gender and country of origin, are discussed, as well as problem areas and hurdles unique to foreign students in the areas of language barriers, academic performance, social adjustment, and adjustment to support services. It is noted that adult international graduate students, whose enrollments are increasing beyond undergraduate levels, are subject to the same stresses of academic and personal life as are their American counterparts, but these stresses are compounded when the student is inserted into an unfamiliar culture and surrounded by a language of limited comprehensibility. Adults, moreover, have a tendency to manifest less flexibility than younger students, even to the extent of having lower food tolerances. Therefore, it is suggested that, for this group, periods of adjustment are needed that include English classes, cultural orientations, and peer support programs in order to help ease mature international students into a new and unfamiliar educational environment. (Contains 25 references.) (GLR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adjustment (to Environment), Adult Students, College Students, Cultural Influences, Diversity (Student), Foreign Nationals, Foreign Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Language Fluency, Maturity (Individuals), Postsecondary Education, Research, School Orientation, Social Integration, Student Adjustment, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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