Supporting International Students across Student Affairs

Topics: International Students, Special Populations, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Globalization, Academic Affairs

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Research Questions

  • How do institutions amend student services to better serve the international student population?
  • What dedicated international student services do institutions offer and which department or unit provides them?
  • What events compose international student orientation and which department or unit conducts them?


International students face a unique set of challenges when enrolled in U.S. institutions, including cultural assimilation, language barriers, and immigration issues. This report examines support services offered to international students through student affairs, including dedicated programming and services offered by international student services offices. Additionally, the brief addresses international student orientation, accommodating international students in units across student affairs, and marketing services to international students.