Supporting international students in adapting to new cultures, locations: Opinion


In a new article for The Conversation, Royal Roads University associate professor Juana Du discusses how sustained, two-way support for international students can help them adapt to a new location. She argues that short-term orientation where international students are separated from locals harms their ability to adapt. Instead, she recommends creating social spaces, both virtual and physical, where all students can consistently interact with local peers. Educators can use online platforms to help students build social connections as well as adapt their curriculum to push students to collaborate and interact with each other. Du also underlines the importance of an open campus culture and connecting international students with local residents. She concludes that orientation should be a sustained process including professors, local community members, campus leaders, and more. The Conversation Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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