Monday, November 4, 2013

What do International Students Need Help Finding, and Where Can They Find It?

Admit Data: Make Informed Admissions Decision
By Paul Schulmann

Did you know that while all international students may need some help finding the information they need during their study abroad search, what each student needs can relate directly to where they are from?

It’s true. Our latest research report shows that international students still need help getting specific information and tend to not always know how to find it.

As an example, based upon our survey of nearly 3,000 students, here is what your peers from China, India, and Saudi Arabia chose as their top three most important information needs, and here is how to get that information.

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Figure 1 Top Three Information Needs of Chinese, Indian, and Saudi Students

Students from China

When it comes to Chinese students looking to study in the U.S., our study showed that post-graduation career prospects is often the most important type of information sought. However, this information is not always easy to obtain. So, what can these students do?

We recommend that Chinese students first look for the “Career Services” department of the universities that interest them. In addition, they can also contact the department in which they want to study and ask about what other students do with their degrees after graduation.

Students from India

In addition to career prospects after graduation, for Indian students, we learned that program content is also an area of information they often search for. For starters, the best way to get information on program content is to look at the department’s website for the program that interests you. Keep in mind that usually, the course requirements are listed for each major. Then, if you are still unable to find this information, we recommend you email the department directly as they should be able to answer your questions. Also, make time to search for the college’s “course catalog” to get a description of the classes that they offer.

Students from Saudi Arabia

More than half of the students from Saudi Arabia that were surveyed listed application requirements as one of their three most important information needs. Indeed, because of how different each school’s application is, this can be one of the most challenging aspects of studying abroad in the U.S. To get the kinds of answers about application questions that they seek, the best thing Saudi students could do is contact the college’s admission’s department directly. They will always provide the most accurate answers.

Finding the information you need to study in the U.S. can be a challenging process, but remember, anything worth doing is worth doing correctly. In the end, take a moment to make sure your information is coming from an accurate and reliable source. Also, check out WES Student Advisor’s webinars for up to date and accurate information from actual admission’s professionals.


Paul has studied at four universities, three outside of the United States. He earned a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, and a bachelor’s degree in legal studies and philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz. When he isn’t working, Paul likes traveling, writing, and gallivanting with his dog Pierre.

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