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ERIC Number: EJ798184
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
A First-Year Seminar for International Students
Andrade, Maureen Snow
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v18 n1 p85-103 2006
This article describes the rationale for a first-year seminar for international students and reports the findings of a study examining its effectiveness. The seminar focuses on four primary objectives: (a) policies and procedures of the university's English as a Second Language (ESL) program; (b) university policies and American higher education; (c) campus resources, time management, computer and study skills; and (d) American and regional culture and appreciation for diversity. Results indicate that information about university life and culture is particularly helpful to students' adjustment. Findings also demonstrate that the seminar has a positive effect on students' involvement with peers and promotes active learning. Overall, students view the course as being successful in aiding their transition to the university.
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-6229; Fax: 803-777-4699; e-mail:; Web site:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A