Internationalizing Housing The internationalization plan for housing international students within the ten residential colleges at the University of California, Santa Cruz

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MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Linda Gobbo


Abstract The objective of this capstone is to review the work being done at College Nine, one of the residential colleges within the University of California, Santa Cruz, in regards to integrating the international first-year students within the residential college housing system. The results of this review will be used to prepare the other residential colleges for an anticipated increase in international students which will take campus numbers beyond the capacity of College Nine. In doing this review, the author first explored current literature as it relates to both internationalization efforts and the experience of international students outside of the academic environment, which situated the work of internationalizing the holistic student experience within both bodies of research. From there, the author conducted focus groups with key individuals at College Nine about the work already occurring in their area. The interview was able to identify three key models of housing used at College Nine, and by reviewing surveys, applications, demographics, and research done on international students who had lived in those different models over the last three-years, was able to draw key links as to how each of those models impacted the experience of international students who lived there. The author also conducted focus groups with key staff at other colleges to identify their current plans, thoughts, intentions, and hesitations in preparing their colleges for the student increase, which allowed the author to identify both where the other colleges currently were within their internationalization efforts as well as to identify a plan for them to move forward. The author concludes with several practical recommendations for the other colleges to in terms of their own internationalization efforts, as well as ways that College Nine could continue their work.


Higher Education | International and Comparative Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

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