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The Ivy Coach Daily

March 9, 2011

International Student Support

Brown is admirably seeking to increase support for international students at the university (photo credit: Chensiyuan).

Brown University is making headway to increase the support available to international students who enroll at the university. After all, it’s often difficult for students from other parts of the world to adjust to daily life at an American university and thus Brown is undertaking initiatives to improve the available support during the transition to college, during the college years, and even after college. As David Chung writes for The Brown Daily Herald in a piece entitled “U. to increase international student support,” “International students may receive increased University support in the coming years, following a number of recommendations by both students and administrators. The University has been re-evaluating the current support system this academic year to identify ways to help international students during their transitions to Brown.”

The students who are championing the initiatives to increase international student support proposed that international students be offered city tours, get help with setting up bank accounts, and receive cell phones. It was even proposed that a language exchange program be established for international students in which they are paired with native English speakers so that they can all help each other learn the nuances of their respective languages. After graduation, the initiative would help international students reach out to alumni around the world in the hope as these students seek to secure employment opportunities.

We applaud Brown University for seeking to increase support available to its international students. It’s scary going to college a world away from home. These measures acknowledge that international students need a little extra love. Good for Brown!

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