The Top Challenges International Students Face in the United States

The topic of our summer 2013 scholarship opportunity asked students to write about the biggest challenges they face while studying in the United States. Here are the most common problems.

  • Loneliness: being away from family and friends back home
  • Communicating in English and understanding the variety of accents in the U.S.
  • New culture, including norms, values, and food
  • Finding acceptance
  • Finding a place to live
  • Technology
  • Lack of scholarships
  • Not allowed to work unless it’s on campus
  • Differences in the U.S. education system, including how professors in the U.S. teach and classroom etiquette
  • Lack of education U.S. Americans have about other countries
  • Assumptions international students have about people around them and assumptions U.S. Americans have about international students
  • Currency exchange
  • Weather
  • Making friends
  • Returning home after being in the U.S.
  • Sufficient and affordable health insurance
  • Staying true to who they are and staying motivated
  • Lack of public transportation or not having a car
  • Being treated as the representative of an entire ethnicity (“Whatever I do, it will represent what everyone does in my country.”)


International students answered: 198

Countries represented: 32

U.S. Universities/colleges represented: 61

Read the winning essay of our summer 2013 scholarship

Are you an international student in Ohio? Apply for our scholarship! Deadline is November 4, 2013.

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