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Tips for BU’s New International Students

Peers offer advice on how to get the most from 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 983 international students as members of the Class of 2019. They hail from 75 countries, with most coming from China, followed by India, South Korea, Canada, and Taiwan. Collectively, they comprise 24.6 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 BU international students who have weathered that initial plunge into a whole new experience. We asked them to reflect on their own experiences and to share some suggestions for settling in.


2 Comments on Tips for BU’s New International Students

  • Lara on 08.26.2015 at 3:27 pm

    Thank you for doing a feature on our international students! As an American who just came back from a year abroad – having to live, work, and perform research in another country where the culture and dominant language are VERY different – I can’t say enough how important it is to support and welcome students brave enough to study and live abroad in Boston for extended periods of time. I would also love to hear from students at BU who do not speak such fluent English – I wonder if their experiences are very different, because struggling with a language barrier alone can make living arrangements, studying, and avoiding social isolation really difficult.

    • Michelle Smith on 03.07.2016 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Lara, I am an instructor at BU’s Center for English Language and Orientation Programs. If you would still like to speak with international students, let me know! We would love to have you visit our class and share your experience!

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