1st Edition

International Student Support and Engagement in Higher Education Exploring Innovative Practices in Campus, Academic and Professional Support Services

Edited By Mutiara Mohamad, Janet Boyd Copyright 2023
    252 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    252 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    International Student Support and Engagement in Higher Education examines innovative practices in campus, academic, and professional support services which serve the various and unique needs of international students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

    Divided into three sections pertaining to campus, academic, and professional support services, the authors present case studies and original research that examine strategies for how institutions of higher education can operate to promote international student success beyond the classroom. The international range of contributors showcase research from across Canada, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Senegal, Thailand, and the United States. Foregrounding support services with innovative and successful methods for collaborating with one another, the book crucially addresses how the myriad support services available on campuses can work together to support international students and foster a sense of belonging and connection, rather than maintaining a focus on acculturation. It examines the origins of these partnerships, asking whether the services are designed to support the international student community specifically, or to serve the student population more generally.

    Identifying new emerging trends and with a view to establishing a broad and global context for best practices in international student support, this book will appeal to faculty, researchers, scholars, and scholar-practitioners with interests in higher education, student support services, and international and comparative education.

    Introduction  1. Trends, challenges, and opportunities in supporting and engaging international students Part 1: Campus Support Systems that Foster Engagement  2. How Chinese international student engagement in the United States differs from domestic student engagement  3.‘Belonging’ at a liberal arts college: Creating emotional and physical spaces of home  4.Making students feel at home through a student ambassadorship program: The Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia experience  5. Academic (dis)engagement of international doctoral students at Russian universities  6.How soccer can serve as a conceptual model for structuring an international student support office  Part 2:  Academic Supports for New Generations of International Students  7.Exploring the relationship between academic performance and the international student experience: Implications for university support offices and academic unit  8.Supporting (Chinese) international students’ academic and social needs in socioculturally-attuned way  9.The promise and limits of engaging international students through living-learning communities in U.S. research universities  10.Multilingual international students’ perceptions of support services from an identity perspective  Part 3:  Professional Support for Employability and Careers  11. Navigating student visas in the United States: Policy, practice, and implications  12. Chinese international students at two Canadian universities: Learning from their emotional labor to re-align support services  13. International students’ career preparation  14. Bridging the gap between higher education and rapidly changing labor markets  Epilogue  15. Supporting the support services: A call for universities to include international student support services in their strategic plans


    Mutiara Mohamad, EdD, is the director of Programs in Language, Culture, and Professional Advancement (PLCPA) at Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA.


    Janet Boyd, PhD, is an associate professor of English and associate dean at Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA.