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Chinese students in the US support program launched

An International Student Welfare Program designed to assist students from China studying in the US to adapt to their new environment and achieve success in their studies will be officially launched in Beijing and Shanghai this month.

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A similar student support system is set to be launched in Korea over the coming months

The ISWP is a new support program, initiated through selected education agents in conjunction with international student support organisation, PIEoneer Award 2017 winner Morneau Shepell, that is tailored to the unique needs of international students and their parents for pre-departure and on-going support immediately upon the students’ arrival in the US.

“Chinese students are particularly vulnerable to the change in culture”

Endorsed by the Chinese association of study abroad service agencies, BOSSA, the ISWP is set to have a positive impact on agents’ business reputation through saving time and allowing agents to be more effective in providing welfare guidance while the student is on campus.

Meanwhile, students and parents will be able to receive 24/7 support across cultural, academic, social and welfare concerns in their preferred language.

Speaking to The PIE News, executive director of MyStay International David Bycroft said student support in the US is one of the most in-demand areas of improvement that is needed for the country to do better with international students.

“Chinese students are particularly vulnerable to the change in culture, and what Morneau Shepell has learned from the work they have already done is that this [support] makes a real difference.

“What we are excited about is that this is the first time that students in their own countries, and their parents, have access to professional counsellors specialise in mental health to talk about anything to do with going to study in the US,” he added.

Bycroft said it will also improve the student experience because students’ worries can be addressed before they leave their home countries.

“It looks really positive and China is responding very well to the idea,” Bycroft told The PIE, adding that there will be a similar support system launched in Korea over the coming months.

“This is going to be a real game-changer,” he said.

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One Response to Chinese students in the US support program launched

  1. Being an international student in the US away from home is difficult, compounded by our complex culture and language problems. Welcoming and assimilation assistance must come from numerous sources, including the White House, to aid these young people embarking on life’s journey. Most struggle in their efforts and need guidance from schools’ international departments, immigration protection, host families, concerned neighbors and fellow students, and even informative books to extend a cultural helping hand.
    Something that might help anyone coming to the US is the award-winning worldwide book/ebook “What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to Understand Crazy American Culture, People, Government, Business, Language and More.” Used in foreign Fulbright student programs and endorsed worldwide by ambassadors, educators, and editors, it identifies how “foreigners” have become successful in the US, including students.
    It explains how to cope with a confusing new culture and friendship process, and daunting classroom differences. It explains how US businesses operate and how to get a job (which differs from most countries), a must for those who want to work with/for an American firm here or overseas.
    It also identifies the most common English grammar and speech problems foreigners have and tips for easily overcoming them, the number one stumbling block they say they have to succeeding here.
    Good luck to all wherever you study or wherever you come from, because that is the TRUE spirit of the American PEOPLE, not a few in government who shout the loudest! Supporters of int’l students must shout louder.

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