Academic journal article Journal of International Students

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of International Students

Editorial

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I would like to begin by saying how fortunate I am to be able to write this editorial and contribute to the Journal of International Students. I have watched the journal grow from infancy and have had the pleasure to work alongside the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Krishna Bista, since the journal's inception in 2010. We began working together as Graduate Assistants with a shared research focus of international student experiences. My desire to learn more about international students grew as Dr. Bista shared stories of his own experiences and those of other international students that he was acquainted with. We talked and brainstormed ideas of how we could gather those experiences and learn more. With the number of international students studying in the US at over 800,000 students for the 2012/2013 academic year, there are definitely implications for this type of research for higher education institutions (Institute of International Education, 2012).

In this issue of the journal, you will find a treasure trove of thoughts and ideas associated with international students that may or may not have been in your thoughts before. For instance, Kumi-Yeboah provides insight into learning experiences of US students from Africa. It is important for faculty and staff at higher education institutions to realize the importance of learning experiences outside of the classroom as well as those that take place in the classroom for international students. …

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