The Association of International Educators Conference (NASFA) released a survey on international student retention issues to explore the main reasons for the unsatisfactory nature of undergraduate students in the United States and to promote international student satisfaction at universities. Suggestions. 480 university administrators from 100 American universities and 517 undergraduate students from 83 universities participated in the survey.
The survey results show that the top five factors that graduate students in the United States consider to be dissatisfied with their university experience are the lack of job or internship opportunities (37%), expensive tuition fees and living expenses (36%), lack of scholarships (34%), and Bad room conditions (26%, 17%). The survey also found that students who are not preparing to transfer will perform better than those who plan to transfer. This shows that academic pressure is a factor that increases the attrition rate of students at school. When asked what aspects of the university are doing well, the foreign students mentioned economic assistance and scholarships, on-campus work for international students, and employment guidance services for international students. On the other hand, a questionnaire survey of international education staff in schools shows that the main factors for students dropping out of school include: transfer to “more suitable” universities (67%), financial difficulties (64%), and academic difficulties (62%). Poor English language ability (40%) and dissatisfaction with the location of the campus address (34%).
The survey found that school staff attributed student dropouts to students’ academic pressures and their willingness to transfer to “more suitable” universities, while international students considered that lack of job opportunities and economic pressure were the main factors that contributed to their unsatisfactory university experience. This result suggests that many international students are not fully aware of the academic requirements of the university, and the economic burden after enrollment is also heavier than expected.
Rahul Choudaha, an investigator in charge of the study, said, “Students seem to underestimate the academic requirements of the university and overestimate their job opportunities, scholarship opportunities, and financial assistance opportunities. “Sheila Schulte, Senior Researcher on International Management of Student Admissions, raised a very important question. “The university should help students better understand the academic requirements and financial burden before entering the school to help students get the fastest The pace of adjustment is good to start learning and living.”