International Students Support Group
As the globalisation of higher education advances, the number of students studying abroad increases, and this trend is in evidence at many of the IARU campuses.Many international students face acute challenges in making a successful transition to their new institution, including adjusting to a new society, a new academic culture, and (often) a new language of instruction.
The IARU universities offer services to the entire student body germane to international students, including induction programs, language instruction, academic resources such as mentoring programs or a writing centre, and welfare services. And international students often form vibrant student groups.
These services and groups can be very effective, but they may not be enough to help international students to thrive and reach their academic potential.
IARU believes, that
- international students are substantially more likely to struggle in particular ways
- targeted support could make a meaningful difference in raising international student performance and creating more positive overall experiences, because international students at world-leading universities typically bring outstanding talent and drive.
IARU partners have formed an institutional joint working group to share best practices on this topic and to work towards defining minimum and ideal standards for supporting international students.