International students coming to study in the US experience some unique challenges that their domestic counterparts do not have to contend with, such as cultural adjustment issues and constraints imposed on them by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Through surveys and personal interviews with International Student Advisors across the country, it has been determined that a large number of small colleges do not meet the minimum guidelines for providing International Student Services that were put forth by NAFSA: Association of International Educators in 1983. Nor do they meet the recommendations laid out by prominent international educator, Richard Greenfield. In addition, these International Student Advisors contend with numerous constraints in their work, namely lack of adequate staff, time, space, funding and support by the senior-level administration at their institutions. The author gives recommendations for overcoming these constraints and deficiencies in order to improve the efficiency of providing International Student Services at a small college.


Educational Psychology | International and Comparative Education