Supporting International Student Academic Success

Venue: Omni Houston Hotel

Location: Houston, Texas, United States

Event Date/Time: Jul 11, 2012 End Date/Time: Jul 13, 2012
Early Registration Date: Jun 22, 2012
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International student enrollment continues to rise, and with it, the need for strategic academic support services that address international students’ unique needs. More and more institutions are focusing their attention and resources on recruiting international students but neglect to provide effective academic and language support services to promote the success of international students who are non-native English speakers.

Providing academic support and language support targeted to meet international students is not only key to promoting international student academic success, it is also a strategic way to retain international students and build your institution’s reputation among international communities, thereby bolstering future recruiting efforts. This conference will start by giving you a strong research-based understanding of the support needs of various international student populations, then will focus on five key areas:

* Academic orientations to help prepare international students for university coursework
* Transition courses that combine English support and academic content, including bridge courses and international student writing courses
* Academic and language support programs
* Peer support programs, including tutors, cultural mentors, and conversation partners
* Faculty training on how to successfully work with international students in the classroom

Attendees will come away with an action plan to implement or improve their institution’s programming in these areas. An optional post-conference workshop on intercultural communication — taught by a leading expert in the field — will provide information you need to better work with international students and will inform trainings you might give to faculty and staff on your campus.


This program is ideal for individuals tasked with increasing the persistence and academic success of international students - who are non-native English speakers - on their campus, including:

* Deans, provosts, and program directors who oversee various academic support programs
* Deans, provosts, and program directors who oversee international student programs or departments
* International student and scholar advisors and program coordinators
* Directors of intensive English programs and linguistics department faculty involved in campus efforts to provide academic support for international students.


Program Idea Bank
Before the conference, all attendees will be invited to send in a description of a successful international student program on their campus. These descriptions will be compiled into a program idea document for attendees to take back to their institutions.

Resource List

Throughout the conference, attendees will be invited to list valuable resources they use to support international student academic success in orientations, courses, and support programs. The resource list will then be made available to attendees after the conference.

Intercultural Communication: Working Effectively with International Students

This interactive workshop will teach attendees intercultural communication strategies to more effectively work with international students. Expectations govern communication exchanges. In order to better work with and facilitate success for international students, higher education professionals need to be able to shift cultural expectations and reframe responses to students and help them to do the same. The workshop will provide a conceptual framework and practical skills for improving intercultural interactions. Discussion topics will include:

* Modes of empathy
* Cultural expectations
* Communication styles
* Greeting behavior
* Individualism vs. collectivism
* Power dimensions
* Cultural expectations: “is” versus “ought”
* Responding to confrontational questions
* Providing clear expectations to students
* 10 basic rules of intercultural communication


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