Cultural, Social, and Academic Adjustment and Preparation

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Effective Communication and Planning With Parents

Today’s student is accustomed to increased family involvement and interaction. These young adults often depend on their families for advice, guidance, and financial support throughout their university experiences and beyond.

Dec 13, 2016
CAS Standards for International Student Programs

NAFSA is one of 42 associations holding membership in the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). The goal of CAS is to establish and promote standards that guide and support student services and programs within higher education.

Sep 21, 2016
Intercultural Activity Toolkit

Activities that can be used by international educators with the goal of internationalizing the campus. Activity sizes range from person-to-person to campus-wide.

Jun 28, 2016
International Student Orientation Models

Orientation programs offer a unique and vital opportunity to provide "common threads" of information and resources to incoming international students, in particular, who are seeking guidance on how to best approach and embrace their new environment. International student orientation models vary across institutions and there is not a "one-size-fits-all" delivery method. Factors such as institutional size, student population, staff support, budget, and campus culture are all taken into consideration when designing and delivering an orientation program.

Sep 04, 2015
Comfort Food: Partnering with Dining Services to Enhance the International Student Experience

This resource helps bridge the gap between educators and dining service staff about one of the most important factors of everyday student life - meal plans and student dining. This resource provides over fifteen low-cost suggestions for dining services to incorporate to make the dining hall a more international experience meeting the needs of a diverse student body.  

Aug 18, 2015
J-1 Advising: Getting Started

This six-week, self-paced course provides a general overview of the fundamentals needed to advise J-1 Exchange Visitors to help them maintain their status during their stay in the United States. You will learn regulatory terminology, concepts and the documentation needed for orientation, SEVIS reporting, and other administrative requirements.

Apr 23, 2015
Campus and Community Programming during Ramadan

As international educators, it is important that we recognize and respect the various religions of our students, scholars, and visitors from around the globe. For our Muslim guests, the holy month of Ramadan is an important time to reconnect with other followers of Islam on campus and in the community as well as to reaffirm their faith. This holiday is a wonderful opportunity for campuses to help Muslim students feel welcomed, included, and respected.

Jul 11, 2014
Iran, Iranian students, and FSA's

From the Archives: The following was written by Joel B. Slocum, Columbia University, and first published in Volume XXVII, No. 7 of the NAFSA Newsletter from April 1976.

Mar 26, 2014
Kansas University Foreign Student Reactions to U.S. Educational Practices

From the Archives: The following was written by Mahouchehr Pedram (Mr. Pedram is an Iranian graduate student in Education at the University of Kansas.) first published in Volume XIII, No. 7 of the NAFSA Newsletter from March 15, 1962.

Mar 18, 2014
African Student Orientation

From the Archives: The following was written by Paul A. Kuehner Registrar and Foreign Student Adviser, Lincoln University Lincoln University, located at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. It was first published in Volume XII, No. 7 of the NAFSA Newsletter from March 15, 1961.

Mar 18, 2014
Foreign Student Advising in Hawaii

From the Archives: The following was published in Volume XIV, No. 7 of the NAFSA Newsletter from March 15, 1963 by A. Lee Zeigler, former president of NAFSA from 1971-2.

Mar 18, 2014
Examples for Incorporating Returning Study Abroad Students into ISSS Programming

Among the sixteen examples provided in this member-generated resource are: coffee hours, peer mentor programs, ambassador programs, and much more. Also included is a short bibliography of other NAFSA resources that are similar in scope.

Feb 24, 2014
Academic & Behavioral Support Resource List

A comprehensive listing on available resources for supporting international students who are experiencing academic & behavioral issues on campus.

Sep 30, 2013
EVP Toolkit On Building Cross-Cultural Components Into Your Exchange Visitor Program

"To further assist all sponsors with implementation of cross-cultural programming, the Department has created a brief guide on why this is crucial to the EVP, the goals of cross-cultural programming, and examples of cultural activities to help sponsors launch a fruitful exchange for participants and American host communities alike."

Jun 26, 2013
Supporting International Spouses

When Dana Kanhai’s husband was accepted to a PhD program in kinesiology at Michigan State University (MSU), it was a natural choice for her to accompany him to East Lansing. “What newlywed couple doesn't want to nurture their marriage and have new experiences together?” asks the native of Trinidad and Tobago, who arrived in the U.S. with her husband in fall 2011.

Jun 04, 2013
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