Interested in learning why U.S. higher education is now offering pre-departure academic and cultural college prep courses to international students in foreign countries? Student success, international recruitment, and retention rates are definitely some benefits.
This video provides a 3 minute introduction to the research that led to today’s revolutionary international study abroad prep-classes.
First tested at a U.S. research university, then applied to HLSL Institute’s 2014 International Education Tour in South Korea and China, and now offered at U.S. schools, “U.S. Academics and Culture”, is an online or hybrid pre-departure school readiness class that strengthens academic performance, communication skills, and cultural adjustment. This student support effort also helps international students be healthier, safer, happier, and more professionally prepared in the U.S.
Because this classes teaches international students more accurate expectations about study, life, language, and work during first year experiences in the USA, high schools and universities can provide it simultaneously address recruitment, integration, and retention issues. Research findings indicated that international students are more confident (less stressed) to leave home and study in the USA, gain U.S. cultural knowledge and U.S. academic skills, better communicate with US natives and build more U.S. friendships, gain networking and small-talk skills, and better understand the importance for campus engagement and support resources.
U.S. institutions are now offering and/or requiring this class to prospective and newly admitted international students and domestic students before study abroad. Sierra Nevada College was the first private college who made the online class available to any international student in efforts to welcome and encourage them to the USA.
P.s. This class can also be effective for first-year international students who are already in the U.S. to aid with their transition, adjustment, and integration.
Contact me to learn how your U.S. high school or university can offer a pre-departure class like “U.S. Academics and Culture”.