June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
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An Evaluation of Indian International Graduate Students’ Expectations and Experiences
This research analyzes the expectations and experiences of international graduate students who study at American universities. More specifically, the aim of this study is to find the pre-set goals of international graduate students from India, who are currently pursuing degrees at the graduate level in the School of Engineering at the University of Bridgeport. Volunteers consisting of international graduate students from India pursuing the Master of Science (MS) in engineering (electrical, computer, mechanical, and technology management) at the University of Bridgeport, CT were surveyed. The survey highlights two broad areas: (1) areas in which student expectations do not match the facilities, resources or practices currently available, and (2) areas where opportunities exist for faculty and staff to meet reasonably held expectations. Based on our results, we make recommendations to address the identified imbalances between expectation and reality. Conclusions are based both on impressions gathered through conversations with students and on responses from anonymous student opinion surveys.
Since the number of international students pursuing their education in America is increasing, it is important to understand what causes this increase. There are many variables that make up an analysis of this type. Student satisfaction is a key strategic variable in maintaining the flow of international students into American institutions of higher learning. The needs of international students are primarily: safety, high-tech laboratories, financial aid, library services, housing, health services, and cultural/sports facilities. Colleges must meet the needs created by increasing global competition, rising student expectations of quality, and service for the money spent.
During conversations with our students, we learned why they chose the United States and the University of Bridgeport for their graduate education. A first year student in the Computer Science and Engineering Department (C.S.) said:
“United States education system is very good. It is a flexible education system. 70% of students are coming to the United States for their study, and I am one of them. Also, I have relatives and friends in the United States to help me in the beginning...”
She also explained why she specifically chose the University of Bridgeport:
“...My relatives live in New England. This is one of the reasons for choosing The University of Bridgeport (UB). The other reason is UB offers courses related to network technology that I am interested in.”
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