Improving the Indian Student Experience
Tuesday | November 8, 2016 | by Kaitlin Ramby
In a recent report by World Education Services (WES), Improving the International Student Experience, international students were surveyed on satisfaction with their education in the U.S. The report assessed international students from varying regions, including: China, India, Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), and Sub-Saharan Africa.
This post focuses on the Indian student experience in the U.S. based on research covered in the report. Please see the infographic below, and read recommendations for how you as an Indian student can improve your educational experience in the U.S.
Additionally, 52 percent of Indian students said they were interested in gaining work experience outside of their home country. However, only 29 percent cited satisfaction in actually finding work. Indian students also cited struggles with loneliness and homesickness (42 percent). The following are suggestions for how Indian students can improve in these areas.Overall, Indian students showed to be the most satisfied of any group with their U.S. education. Indian students cited high levels of satisfaction with overall support to international students (92 percent) as well as with academic advising services (91 percent).
Gaining Work Experience
If gaining work experience while in school is important to you, then you should prioritize your search as early as possible. Look and see what the programs you’re applying to offer regarding work opportunities. Once you are accepted, reach out to the university to ask where and when you should apply, and find out what materials you will need (CV, references, etc.). It is also very important to network! Attend job fairs, go to events hosted by your program, and build relationships with students and professors. Knowing the right people will be helpful in finding the right work opportunity for you.
It is very normal to feel lonely when adjusting to a new environment. The good thing is you are not alone! Most students attending college, both American and international, have left home for the first time in their lives. The key is to be social, and integrate yourself into school life and campus activities, whether you’re making
friends with your roommates, meeting other international students or joining a cultural group.
Take a look at your school’s website or go to international student services to discover events and student clubs and activities you can participate in. Making friends and having a support group in times of loneliness will help improve your emotional well-being.
Are you a current or prospective Indian student and want to share your experiences as an international student in the U.S.? Apply to be part of our Student Ambassador Program!