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Serving International Students and Scholars on US Campuses: Current Trends/Best Practices is a Course

Serving International Students and Scholars on US Campuses: Current Trends/Best Practices

Ended Jun 5, 2020

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Full course description

Interested B.C. faculty and staff should contact CIHE at, rather than registering here. B.C. students must register via Agora. The course number is ELHE7308.

Key Details

Dates: Online course, held during the week of June 1, 2020 - with synchronous sessions held on Tuesday, June 2 (4:30 to 6:00 pm) and Thursday, June 4 (4:30 to 6:00 pm)
Location: Online
Title: Serving International Students and Scholars on U.S. Campuses: Big Issues/Best Practices
Instructor: Dean Adrienne Nussbaum
Director and Associate Dean, Office of International Students and Scholars
Boston College, USA

Course Description

Despite recent trends, the United States’ continues to be one of the most popular destination countries globally for internationally students, faculty and researchers. Serving this growing and diverse population has taken on new and complex dimensions under the current administration, with implications for universities at all levels. This course will provide participants with a grounding in the fundamentals of international student and scholar services.  This will include an overview of practical matters governing effective support services design and delivery such as immigration advising and cross-cultural programming.  Additionally, the specific knowledge, attitudes, and skills required to work in this profession will be explored, with a particular emphasis on intercultural competency.  


Who should enroll?
Ideally suited for early practitioners hoping to work directly with international students and scholars, this course may also be useful for anyone looking for greater insight into inbound mobility trends and issues affecting US higher education, and their practical implications.


Certification of completion
Please note that all participants from outside Boston College will not receive academic credit nor a transcript documenting their participation in this course. However, all participants will be awarded a certificate of completion to share with their employers.

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