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Campus Resources for International Students

July 25, 2013

Beginning college can be a scary, yet exciting new experience.  For international students it can be even more nerve racking because they are beginning college in an entirely new country, with no friends or family close by.  Here are some great resources that colleges offer their international students!

  • The International Student Office
    • Advisors at your international student office can help you with visa and immigration issues.
    • They also offer cultural events and community outreach programs for international students.
    • You may need to make an appointment.
  • Your Professors
    • Your professors are there to help you.
    • Go to Office Hours to get help from your professors.
      • They create Office Hours to give students extra help if they did not understand what was being taught during class or if they need to go over a grade on an essay or exam.
      • Office Hours are also great because they allow students who are too nervous to ask questions during class to ask their questions in a more private setting without feeling judged by others.
  • Your Academic Advisor
    • Your academic advisor is the person you go to with questions about your class schedule.
    • They tell you whether you are on track to graduate on time or if you need to take specific classes (requirements) for your major or minor.
    • You may need to make an appointment.
  • The Counseling Center
    • If you are feeling stressed about school work or homesick, utilize the counseling center.
      • Counselors are there to listen to your problems and help you figure out a way to become less stressed or homesick.
    • You may need to make an appointment.
  • The Writing Center
    • Writing techniques are different in every country.
    • Even if you passed the TOEFL exam, you may still need to perfect your English when it comes to writing essays for class.
    • The writing center is a great place to get help.
      • Your peers at the writing center can help you with your grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation.
    • You may need to make an appointment.
  • The Career Services Center
    • The career services center can help you determine what jobs or internships for which you are eligible for as an international student.
    • They can also help you write your resume, conduct mock job interviews, and let you know what career fairs are coming up on campus.
    • You may need to make an appointment.
  • The Legal Services Center
    • The legal services center is a great place to stop by if you are curious about legal issues or U.S. laws.
    • At the Legal Services Center you can get all of the information you need to know about being safe and smart about drinking alcohol, sexual harassment, driving laws and being questioned by police on campus.
    • You may need to make an appointment.
  • The Student Union
    • The student union is a great place to make new friends.
      • The student union is a place where students can go to study, get coffee or food, and meet up with friends.
        • Also, offered at the student union are free comedy shows and live music.
        • If you sit down at a table with another person at the student union, say ‘Hi!’ (That person could become your new friend!)
    • Surround yourself with all kinds of people, not just those from your home country.
Courtesy of University of Nottingham (uonottingham)

Courtesy of University of Nottingham (uonottingham)




Hopkins, K. (2013). Campus Resources for international Students. USNews. Retrieved from

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