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ERIC Number: EJ902985
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1942-3497
Language Preparation and the First Year Experience: What Administrators and Policy Makers Should Know
Ren, Jia; Bryan, Kisha; Min, Youngkyoung; Wei, Youhua
Florida Journal of Educational Administration & Policy, v1 n1 p11-24 Fall 2007
Studying in a second language is probably one of the greatest challenges for international students. In this study, the relationship between language preparation and the first year graduate study among East Asian international graduate students in the United States was investigated in order to provide implications and suggestions for university administrators and policymakers. Language preparation before arriving in the United States and their first year experiences were explored in order to understand the challenges that East Asian international students face. The findings from 12 interviews reveal the first year academic experience of East Asian international graduate students and the needs of this population regarding university language support. In addition, the findings allow policymakers and higher education administrators to better understand the difficulties this population faces as well as the importance of support services and mentoring programs in ensuring their academic success in the United States.
University of Florida, Department of Educational Administration and Policy. P.O. Box 117049, Gainesville, FL 32611. Tel: 352-273-4332; Fax: 352-846-2697; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Asia; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Graduate Record Examinations; Test of English as a Foreign Language