Integrating international students into computer science programs: Challenges and strategies for success

Michael J. Oudshoorn, Alison Clear, Janet Carter, Joseph A. Abandoh-Sam, Christabel Gonsalvez, Leo Hitchcock, Shoba Ittyipe, Aparna Mahadev, Janice L. Pearce

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    International students are an important and desirable constituent in most computer science programs. These students help to enrich the programs, bring new perspectives into the classroom, diversify the student population, globalize the curriculum, broaden the perspective of domestic students, and generate revenue for the host institution. Each of these characteristics is desirable and increasingly important in today's highly connected world and job market. Most institutions invest resources in attracting international students and provide orientation sessions for them on arrival to help acclimate them to the new environment and to introduce them to other students. There are often clubs to provide support groups and social functions to help them meet and make friends with domestic students. However, challenges for international students, and for the faculty teaching them, persist at many institutions despite these efforts to help international students deal with culture shock, differing academic expectations and teaching methods, and different attitudes toward issues such as plagiarism.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationITiCSE'17 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
    EditorsIrene Polycarpou, Guido Rößling
    Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450347044
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education 2017 - Bologna, Italy
    Duration: 3 Jul 20175 Jul 2017
    Conference number: 22nd (Proceedings)


    ConferenceAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education 2017
    Abbreviated titleITiCSE 2017
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    • Computer science education
    • Computing
    • Information and communication technology
    • Information systems
    • Information technology
    • International students

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