The ever-growing student population diversity in American universities demands better comprehension to meet international graduate students' academic, sociocultural, and personal needs. Based on prior international student adaptation models, this researcher proposed a conceptual framework of international students’ adjustment in graduate studies. Such adaptation process was analyzed through four stages: vulnerability, self-awareness, alliances, and synergy. Additionally, the importance of student affairs professionals and faculty leadership in supporting this student population was addressed as well. Lastly, this paper included implications and recommendations to smooth the adjustment process of international students to the education settings in the United States; hence, helping in their sense of belonging to the campus community.
Aguirre, Hilda Cecilia Contreras
"International Student Adjustment Framework: Improvement Through Educational Leadership,"
Journal of Educational Leadership in Action: Vol. 6:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lindenwood.edu/ela/vol6/iss1/4
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