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Tips for BU’s Newest International Students

Peers offer advice on how to get the most out of your BU experience


For any freshman, college is an adjustment. But it’s especially true for international students who must adapt to a new culture and, in some instances, a new language, all while finding their way around campus and learning to live in an unfamiliar city. This week, BU will welcome nearly 1,000 international students as members of the Class of 2018. They hail from 72 countries, with most coming from China, followed by India, South Korea, Canada, and Taiwan. Collectively, they comprise 23.7 percent of the freshman class.

To help the newest members of our international student body make the most of their college experience, BU Today reached out to more than a dozen international students who are upperclassmen. We asked them to reflect on their own experiences and to share some suggestions for settling in.


6 Comments on Tips for BU’s Newest International Students

  • Alexandra von Schweinitz-Adenauer on 08.26.2014 at 2:18 am

    I just wanted to add that these videos are great! I wish I had seen such videos coming as a transfer student part from Costa Rica and Germany. Looking back at my time at BU it was wonderful and a unique experience which I also later came to realize while doing my Masters in Germany would be impossible to repeat. It wasn’t always easy and I do however wish I had taken advantage of all the services and groups BU had to offer. I remember my sister who had graduated from Brown telling me this and me not exactly listening to my “protective older sister”…I was in part too shy to join these groups etc. So to all those internationals really go out there and enjoy !! Don’t be shy and absorb every little bit you can from BU and its people. Today I’m certainly not shy anymore and wish I could just go back to study and join and use all kinds of BU services, groups and activities. But either way I met one of my best friends there and have so many specific memories that we laugh about today on nearly a daily basis. She has been there for me through tough and great times like my wedding and now through Skype gets to see my first baby grow :). Im trying to plan a visit soon and certainly wanna visit the campus. So good luck to everyone starting out, get out of your comfort zone and jump into the fun! Greetings from Switzerland! :)

  • Luis Rodriguez on 08.26.2014 at 11:48 pm

    I like these videos, great experiences talking about Boston University!!

    My classes will begin on Sept. 2nd and I am eager to belong to BU,
    I will be studying on-line from Guayaquil City.

    Greetings from Ecuador!!!!!

  • Baggio on 08.27.2014 at 1:55 pm

    Great video!!!

  • Luis Cuello on 08.27.2014 at 5:34 pm

    La Republica Dominicana in the hoouuuuse!

  • Fisher on 11.16.2014 at 7:49 pm

    “most coming from China”

    And I didn’t any Chinese faces here?

  • Fisher on 11.16.2014 at 7:50 pm

    Sorry, the first one. I just missed it. Sorry

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