Academic journal article Journal of International Students

Succeeding as an International Student in the United States and Canada

Academic journal article Journal of International Students

Succeeding as an International Student in the United States and Canada

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Succeeding as an international student in the United States and Canada. Charles Lipson (2008). Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press. ISBN-13:978-0-226-48479-2. $17.00 pp. 379

In Succeeding as an International Student in the United States and Canada, the author, Charles Lipson, provides an informative guide to campus life for both undergraduate and graduate foreign students who are interested in pursuing their studies for the first time inthe institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada. His intention is that this book can serve as "a friendly, informative guide, one that helps you succeed in your classes, labs, and everyday activities" (p. xvi).

The book is organized into three parts with several chapters that focused on one or two issues that international students in the U.S. need to consider. Part 1 "Moving Here," covers the first three chapters discussing how international students come to the U.S. or Canada, what they should bring with them, which things they will need to purchase shortly after arrival, and who they should meet just after arrival.

Chapters 1 and 2 suggest a list of things that international students need to know, such as tips for preparing for visa interviews, packing carry-on bags and regular luggage, and bringing essential college documents, health records, passports, and traveler's checks with them. Chapter 3 discusses the first ten things international students should do after they arrive in the U.S. or Canada, such as arranging housing, meeting with the international student advisor, getting college identification cards, setting up a bank account, obtaining phone service, and so on.

The next six chapters in Part 2, "Succeeding at Your University," discuss the most important college issues. Improving English proficiency is the most important aspect for many international students if English is not their first language. Chapters 4 and 5 discuss faculty-student-staffrelationships on campus and proficiency in the four essential skills of English language-listening, reading, writing, and speaking for academic success. Lipson writes, "Speak up, even if you speak with an accent." (p. 32).

Chapter 6 explains the importance of creativity for students in U.S. and Canadian educational settings. Creativity includes expressing their own viewpoints in papers, class discussion, research, and learning the rules of academic dishonesty. …

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