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
- 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
- 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