Questions tagged [international-students]

Questions in relation to students who are non-national to the country or location of academic institution they may be studying in.

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My student's family won't let her study what she wants

Yesterday I had a tearful encounter in office hours with the most avid participant in the math class I teach, in which she related the following situation. She is an international student whose ...
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The GRE: Why does this still exist?

I did my undergraduate degree in the US and am heading to graduate school here in less than a month, so I myself have taken the Graduate Record Examinations (the general as well as two subjects tests) ...
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Are non-citizen Muslim professors and students going to be removed from US universities and subsequently deported by Trump's ban?

Does anyone have any information on this? Are academics somehow protected from Trump's ban on Muslims? I know that some have the "alien of extraordinary ability" work visa, but what about for ...
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PhD student failing

I have a phd student that is very smart. They had a small baby a few months before starting the PhD in a foreign country and then moved to do the PhD with their family in the UK. It has been 7 months ...
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I'm afraid of chemicals. How do I handle my required uni biology class?

I have a freshman requirement as a science student for at least 3 core science classes, and I picked physics as often as I could. However, I must choose either chem or bio as my third. I chose bio. ...
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How can I assist other graduate students who may feel increasingly “unwelcome” due to their countries of origin?

I work in a research group with a large number of international graduate students. Recent news in my country (the United States) has been deeply unsettling for some of these students, especially the ...
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What should be done about a professor who treats foreign students worse than domestic students?

My school and my department has a lot of undergraduate students from China. When I took this instructor's class, he routinely pressured the foreign students to answer questions about their home ...
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Should non-native speakers get extra time to compose exam answers?

Today I met with a student who had plagiarized answers on an exam from online sources. She explained to me with apparent honesty that she had spent too long answering the first two questions and then ...
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Cheating among the international students very common in college. What should I do?

I am an international student in an European country. During midterms and finals, I realized that more than half of the students are overtly cheating. I do not mean just looking other student's paper, ...
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Why is discrimination based on citizenship allowed in PhD funding in the UK?

This question is specifically aiming at the UK PhD admission system. Having spent roughly 6 years in the UK - 2 years A-Level and 4 years undergraduate, I am now moving forward into applying for PhD ...
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Dealing with students who sent email with empty body but the homework attached

I am responsible for the exercises for a graduate course. The students submit their solutions via email and all of them send a normal email: greeting me and telling that the solutions file is attached ...
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Why do universities require international students to show language proficiency?

For example, Let's say an American person wants to attend a French university F. F explicitly states that French is the main language of instruction. Why would they require the student to take a ...
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Misunderstood exam question with consequences for incorrect answer

I suspect a student misread an exam question worth 10 points (exam out of 120). Aside from this one student, the rest all understood the question and the average grade was 8.2/10 for this question. ...
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Grading term papers and reports written by non-native speakers

I'm teaching an advanced undergraduate computer science course that requires a 5-7 page term paper worth about 20% of the student's grade. The class has several international students, and some of ...
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Are concerns about studying in Russia reasonable?

I'm sorry if this is not the right place to ask this sort of question, but I really need an answer. I'm from the middle-east and wants to apply for a master's degree in Russia, but lately people are ...
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Is feeling lonely and uncomfortable in my (foreign) country of study a valid reason to drop out of a PhD?

I've been studying for my PhD in Sweden (I moved from the UK in January 2014). It's been alright. I've had difficulties before, and I've thought of quitting it, but I pushed through. I don't speak the ...
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How does one go about doing a Ph.D. in Europe as an American?

I'm entering my senior year of college in the US and I'm starting to consider my options for graduate school next year. My field is kind of blurry, in that I have certain research areas that I'm ...
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Do PhD courses in engineering fields in European non-English speaking countries require knowledge of the native language?

Can a Ph.D. student who only knows how to speak English study in a European non-English speaking country (e.g., Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, etc.) without any problems? Does applying to ...
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How to respond to the teacher who puts the feet up while talking to student?

A friend of mine who is from Japan told me that his professor in USA puts the feet up while talking to him. He was saying that he felt very bad with that. Is this acceptable culture in USA academia?
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How to approach student in lab with very bad English?

Short version I am a senior postdoc in a research lab mentoring a first-year graduate student from another country, and he has very poor English: Would it be rude or unethical or just silly to ...
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Should I hold the same writing standards for international students as I do for domestic students?

I teach courses in physics, astronomy and planetary science. Often, but certainly not always, international students (and even some domestic students, for whom English is not their primary language), ...
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If a professor says he will not fund my internship as it will be my first visit, how can I convince him politely?

I contacted a professor in a foreign university for a possible research internship in his lab. He is willing to accept me as an intern, but has stated that since he barely knows me and it is the first ...
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Is there a negative stigma associated with choosing a university for non-academic reasons?

I am considering a master's degree in Japan. From a purely career oriented POV, I should be aiming for universities in the USA, Germany or Italy as these are the leading countries in my field. ...
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Why is getting your PhD in Iran invalid for obtaining a post-doc position in the US?

My friend earned her PhD in Tehran Iran, I assume from the primary university. She received many awards and published several articles in Condensed-Matter/Cosmology. However when she applied to ...
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Consequences for foreign students of being dropped from a class?

Say a student from another country is in the US on a student visa, and is enrolled in my community college class. I'm required to drop students who aren't participating in the class, and I have a ...
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Is there national/ethnic discrimination against Asians in U.S. graduate school admissions and in university faculty hiring

tl;dr: please skip to the last paragraph. I am currently an international undergrad at an US university, studying math. I am currently thinking of going to graduate school and becoming a university ...
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How do international PhD students typically obtain health insurance in the United States?

Could anyone kindly provide me with information about how PhD international students can be covered by health insurance in the US? : Is it often granted by the University? How much does it cost, ...
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How to learn how to pronounce and remember names of Chinese students?

Most Australian universities have a large number of international students. Common countries of origin include China, Singapore, and Malaysia. When interacting with students, it's much nicer if you ...
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Can UK PhD studentships legally effectively bar EU applicants by stating that “all eligible applicants must also have been resident in the UK”?

I am aware that many UK PhD studentships are only open to UK/EU applicants (question 1, question 2). In my understanding, they cannot (pre-Brexit) legally discriminate between EU and UK applicants, ...
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How would the UK leaving the EU affect academia and PhD admission?

Will all European applicants count as ‘international students’ then? Are there any proposals on this yet? I am finishing my BA in two years and was considering applying to the UK, but am worried now ...
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Suggestions for working effectively with international students from a non-western culture

I am a Masters graduate student studying finance at a large public university located in a major city. Recently, I accepted a job as a teaching assistant. A significant number of students are from non-...
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Should I be concerned about the validity of my degree if my peers in other educational systems seem to have more difficult exams?

I'm an Italian student of mathematical physics at the university of Edinburgh. I have recently caught up with one of my friends and noticed that their exams in Linear algebra and calculus (analisi I, ...
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Can international students in USA intern in summer in industry?

Can international PhD students go do internships during summer in industries? Does their F1 visa status allow this? From how I see it, this is neither an OPT or a CPT. I asked my International ...
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Segregation rules for females studying in Saudi Arabia

Saudi universities are best in Middle East with nice modern programs and financing and scholarships. Unfortunately, as some of you may know, Saudi Arabia has special segregation rules for women ...
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Should I include non-English textbooks in the course?

This is set up in a Russian university with English as a working language, but may apply to any university with a large share of international students. Suppose I'm listing a set of course materials, ...
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Research grants for international PhD candidates

I recently came across a friend who is applying for a PhD in my lab. He happens to be from Brazil, on an F-1 visa. He was told by my advisor that his citizenship status affects the sources of funding ...
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How to stand out in mathematics PhD admissions as a student from an online school, with no research or opportunities to get strong recommendations?

After reading some the posts here about graduate admissions for PhD/masters in mathematics in different countries, it seems like the requirements are quite a lot higher than what I have in my country. ...
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Where to advertise PhD positions without paying a fee?

We have several opening in our group working in the field of computer science and electrical engineering (more specifically digital system design). We put an advertisement in our webpage and also ...
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Is it a bad thing if my Personal History Statement reveals my intention to immigrate?

I am an international student applying for Computer Science PhD in US. Some universities I plan to apply to require Personal History Statement in addition to Statement of Purpose. I believe that I ...
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Is it easier to obtain H1B / green card as academics in the US?

I am a social science PhD student (with a quantitative bent) at a U.S. research university. If paperwork is not a concern, I would be equivalently interested in working as an academic and in private ...
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How to score class participation, correcting for natural outspokenness?

When my students ask questions and participate in discussion, class is more thoughtful, more fun, and more effective. I encourage their participation by checking in with them regularly, and making ...
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Getting sealed transcripts from a German university

I have a degree from a university in Germany, which I'm now trying to get evaluated by an institution in another country. This institution requires that the transcripts be sent directly from the ...
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Chance Of Getting A Research Internship In US/Canada For Non-US Residents?

I completed my undergraduate study in computer science outside of the US. I hope to obtain a PhD degree in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) in the US, but I don't feel that I am qualified enough (in ...
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Why do many PhD programs expect a higher average physics GRE score for international students than US students?

Browsing various PhD admissions programs, I consistently find that there is a higher expectation of international students on the physics GRE for admission. For example, at UT Austin, the average ...
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What must an international graduate student do before arriving in the US?

I am an international student, and I am going to be doing an MS in Structure and Materials in Aeronautics at MIT. Before I arrive, what do I have to do?
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What are the most common ways international students secure funding for graduate school in the U.S.?

I am an Egyptian undergraduate student who is considering attending graduate school programs in statistics. My preference would be to attend a U.S. graduate school program to obtain a masters or Ph.D. ...
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How to deal with a PI who is erratic in decision making?

This question was actually asked previously, but it went on hold. So I simplified to make it visible, as I need a quick advise. I am an international graduate student, currently working in a lab for ...
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Using previous student essays as examples

I teach English as a second language to pre-college adults in the U.S., and I'm interested in the idea of using essays from previous students as examples in a writing class. At a previous institution ...
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What can I do to prevent ethnic conflicts in research groups?

Many research groups are international. While I hope that academics are in general open-minded and tolerant, there might still be a potential for conflicts when researchers from different ethnic ...
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Racial discrimination at Duke University's Biostatistics department

The director of graduate studies at Duke's Biostatistics department has stepped down after her racially discriminatory emails, targeted at their international Chinese master's students, went viral on ...