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Factors influencing Academic performance of international students.

Social integration, Academic Adjustment, College Reputation, Financial distress, Emotional adjustment and more.

There are millions of international students in foreign countries, especially in western countries. There has been some concerns when these international students donít perform as well academically as local students in many western countries.

It was found that Social Integration, the extent to which a student adapts to the social way of life at a college, has an effect on their Academic Integration and Academic Performance.

International Students have varied educational experiences, competencies, skills and different family and community backgrounds. All these individual and social characteristics influence an individual students integration and performance in higher education.

Students need to be persistent in their studies in order to graduate and they also need to participate in the overall student activities and be integrated into the campus community to be socially integrated.

It is known that students who have many friends in college and feel at home there are more likely to graduate than those who donít. The support of family and friends is also a positive influence in the success of a student.

Good Academic and Social Integration have a positive influence on a studentís study habits and their performance.

There are many factors that influence a studentís Academic Integration and these sometimes pose a challenge to international students.

These include:

Academic Adjustment: - This is the ability of the student to cope with various educational demands like motivation, performance and satisfaction with their academic life. Students who are more motivated to their studies and those who derive more satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment from their studies are more likely to perform better. Therefore it is important to let international students choose the Majors they are most interested in studying.

Social Adjustment: - This is how well the student is able to socially integrate with other students like making friends and being able to work in a team.

Many international students may experience stress due to being homesick, cultural shock and feeling like they are discriminated against. They are likely not familiar with the culture and customs of the host country and this can create a lack of social adjustment hence reduce their ability to integrate academically and perform well.

College Reputation: - If the international students social network of friends and family have a higher regard for the faculty and ranking of the college, it is more likely that the student will adjust better socially and perform better.

Financial distress: - This is another thing that can cause an international students to have difficulty integrating socially hence have an effect on their academic performance.

Emotional Adjustment: - This is a measure of the level of distress a student feels while trying to adjust to the new academic environment. An International student who has lower levels of emotional distress in the new environment is more likely to be socially integrated and better situated to perform well academically.

Attachment to the college: - This describes the degree of commitment a student feels to their institution and the educational goals in that institution. If a student feels more committed to the school he/she is attending, there is a higher likelihood they will work harder to succeed.


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