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This section highlights key resources on the specific educational, cultural, and mental health needs of international students and how to improve their overall experience of studying in the U.S.

  • Toward greater inclusion and success: A new compact for international students: Framed by the recent declines of international student enrollment in the U.S. and a growing awareness in the field to better serve the needs of international students, this in-depth report by ACE argues that U.S. institutions, organizations and policymakers need to step up and embrace a new compact that places emphasis on international students’ needs. Based on an exhaustive review of the research literature, the report outlines a vision for student success; a model for inclusion and equity; and a more sustainable, human-centered approach to international student outcomes.
  • Enhancing the quality of the international student experience: This blog from the American Council on Education (ACE) Blog Series, Higher Education Today, highlights that international students are a diverse population and offers recommendations for how higher education institutions can meet the needs of this population in three key areas: creating inclusive and welcoming environments; addressing the mental health needs of international students; and the career and employment-related needs of international students.
  • Are U.S. HEIs meeting the needs of international students? Highlights and top findings: Through a two-part study that combines focus groups and conversations with current international students and a larger survey of current and former international students, this World Education Services (WES) report provides important insights directly from international students on their experiences of studying in the U.S. as well as what their needs are.
  • Addressing mental health issues affecting international students: In this comprehensive book aimed at U.S. institutions that host international students, Patricia Burak provides helpful resources and practical advice for international student advisers. This is an important resource given that COVID-19 has intensified stress and mental health issues for international students who, to begin with, are in an unfamiliar environment.
  • Panel discussion with international students during International Education Week 2013: There is a lot of research and data available on international students, but what do international students genuinely think about studying in the U.S.? This video captures a lively and candid discussion amongst a group of international students from different countries studying at Florida International University. The discussion is moderated Dr. Stephanie Doscher.