Int’l Student Enrollment Benefits US Students

Source: Businessweek, Jun 2013

Survey respondents were asked about the extent to which they interacted with students from outside the U.S. as well as how much their undergraduate institution contributed to their development in 21 areas. What the researchers found was remarkable. Not only did graduates who interacted with international students in college go on to acquirie the skills you’d expect—speaking a foreign language and relating well to people of different cultures—they also developed a host of cognitive skills that are seemingly unrelated.

Among them:

  • the ability to question their own beliefs and values;
  • acquire new skills and knowledge independently;
  • formulate creative ideas;
  • integrate ideas and information;
  • achieve quantitative abilities;
  • understand the role of science and technology in society; and
  • gain in-depth knowledge in a specific field.

In each case, graduates who reported high levels of interaction with international students reported “significantly higher levels of skill development” than those who reported little or no interaction.

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