Succeeding in Graduate School: The Career Guide for Psychology Students

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12
Stresses and Strategies
for International Students
Sami Gulgoz

Students from many countries apply to graduate schools in the United States. American universities have become the most popular choice for graduate work in most disciplines, and psychology is no exception (Bhagwati & Rao, 1996). Despite some restrictions on financial support for international students and the limits on income generation set by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the international student population in U. S. graduate schools has grown considerably in both psychology and other fields (National Science Board, 1996; Snyder & Hoffman, 2000; Syverson & Bagley, 1999). In this chapter, I describe the process of being a graduate student in the United States from the perspective of an international student. I had the chance to experience graduate school life in the United States from many perspectives. I have been an applicant and subsequently a graduate student; I have had contacts with many international students during graduate school; I was a faculty member in the United States a job in which the responsibilities included selecting graduate students; and finally, as a faculty member in Turkey, I have advised and helped students on their applications to U. S. programs.

A number of the topics covered here overlap with the rest of the chapters in this book. In this chapter, the focus is on the group of applicants who are not U. S. citizens, and I write with the assumption that they know little about life in the United States. Therefore, this chapter should be viewed as supplemental to the other chapters, aimed particularly at international students.


CHOOSING A UNIVERSITY TO ATTEND

One of the relevant types of information in making your decision is the number of international students in a university. A university with a substantial number of international students

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