Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Raymond Young


This proposal was created in order to design and implement a theory-based Incoming International Student Orientation program for the College of the Atlantic (COA) Office of International Student Services in Bar Harbor, Maine. This is a Course-Linked Capstone Proposal (CLC) for the two-day orientation that prepares incoming international students for life at a small American college and touches on aspects of immigration regulations, culture, transitions, and student development.

After reviewing the program Needs Assessment and past orientation programs for incoming international students at COA, it was clear that there was an active need for an orientation that touched on more pertinent information for the students as well as a better design that is geared towards the transitional state the incoming international students are in when they arrive at the college for the orientation.

The COA Incoming International Student Orientation is designed and led by the Coordinator of International Student Services each year with the help of various aides. The Orientation takes place primarily on the COA campus each August prior to the general student orientation. After the Incoming International Student Orientation, the participants are asked to fill out an Evaluation of their time and experience in order to aid in future program design and evaluation of the Orientation.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | International and Comparative Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services


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