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A first-year seminar for international students

Author(s): Andrade, M. S.

Citation: Andrade, M. S. (2006). A first-year seminar for international students. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 18(1), 85-103.



This article describes the rationale for a first-year seminar for international students and reports the findings of a study examining its effectiveness. The seminar focuses on four primary objectives: (a) policies and procedures of the university's English as a Second Language (ESL) program; (b) university policies and American higher education; (c) campus resources, time management, computer and study skills; and (d) American and regional culture and appreciation for diversity. Results indicate that information about university life and culture is particularly helpful to students' adjustment. Findings also demonstrate that the seminar has a positive effect on students' involvement with peers and promotes active learning. Overall, students view the course as being successful in aiding their transition to the university


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