Supporting International Students
Faculty Advisor's Guide to Supporting International Students
The CIE has created a guide with career guidance and support resources: https://wlu.box.com/v/IntlStudentAdvisorsGuide
There are many resources available for W&L international students. We encourage you to review the list of relevant resources below so that you can refer international students to the right place for support when needed. If you have any questions, please contact Hunter Swanson, Associate Director of International Education.
|Office of Inclusion and Engagement
|Laptop lending program, emergency support funding requests, resources, and support for diverse students, etc.
|Affordable airport transportation, emergency services, Traveller, safe ride program, etc.
|Center for International Education
|Visa advising for international students, work authorization, assistance with taxes, driver's license, social security, study abroad, cultural adjustment, etc.
|Student Health and Counseling Center
|Affordable primary health care and consultation, mental health services, immunizations, health insurance questions, etc.
|https://my.wlu.edu/student-life/health-and-safety/student- health-and-counseling/student-health-center Other mental health resources:
|Assistance with writing projects, presentations, etc.
|Peers who are knowledgeable about the kinds of emotional issues affecting students and campus resources
|https://my.wlu.edu/executive-committee/student- organization-resources/ec-recognized-student- organizations/peer-counseling
|Clubs, organizations, and events
|Career and Professional Development
|Career and professional development advising and resources
Supporting International Students in the Classroom
Things to know about international students:
- English may not be their first language and they may never have studied in an English-medium school before
- They may not be familiar with U.S. classroom culture and etiquette
- They may be facing culture shock and cultural adjustment issues outside of class that may impact their academic performance
- They may not be familiar with the academic support services available to them
- They may not be familiar with US-centric examples and analogies
Tips for supporting international students:
- Clearly communicate course/ classroom expectations and policies early on
- Allow for multiple forms of "participation" when possible
- Be proactive in communicating with international students
- Develop and use internationally diverse examples and analogies in the classroom
- Continually encourage international students to make use of office hours
- Encourage international students to ask questions since they might come from cultures where that is considered disrespectful.
- Teaching International Students - a guide from Vanderbilt University's Center for Teaching (https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/teaching-international-students/#term)