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International Community College

By Jaclyn Hoffman

As Louisiana’s oldest and largest community college, Delgado is also academic home to international students representing over 80 different nationalities.  Students from all over the world attend Delgado and other U.S. colleges to earn an American degree and often to improve their English language skills.

According to the Institute of International Education, there has been a significant increase in the number of international students studying at U.S. colleges.

 In the 2012/2013 academic year, approximately 820 000 students from around the world were enrolled in American colleges.  This number is back on the rise after a decline following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Once someone has decided to attend a U.S. college, they face the challenge of figuring out where to go.  With so many options in countless different cities, choosing a school that fits one’s wants and needs is a difficult task.

 The website www.internationalstudent.com offers an extensive list of American schools and programs that helps in the decision-making process.

With thousands of 2-year and 4-year colleges in the U.S., there are several reasons as to why an international student would choose a community college like Delgado.  A 2-year community college gives international students the opportunity to study English and gain an understanding of the American education system at a lower cost than the average university.

 After earning an Associate’s degree at Delgado, the student has the opportunity to either transfer to a 4-year institution, or to gain professional experience.

Delgado’s English as a Second Language Department offers classes in composition, conversation, grammar and reading.  Students enrolled in the program will gain the language skills needed to attend a university, join the work force and have basic communication skills required in their everyday lives.

International students must follow a different application process in order to attend Delgado.  Applying may seem daunting at first, but with the help of the international student advisor, Anna Wilson, the process is made simple.

Once accepted to the college, students are encouraged to attend an international student orientation, where they are able to meet one another and learn more about international student requirements.

 In order to maintain their F-1 visa status, which is a non-immigrant student visa, the students must adhere to certain rules.  For example, unlike local students, international students must enroll in a full-time course load, must pay a different tuition fee than Louisiana residents and must work toward an Associate’s Degree.

The experience of an international student at Delgado might be different than that of the average student.  However, ultimately, all students have similar educational goals.

Credits:

http://www.dcc.edu/

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/11/244601986/record-number-of-international-students-attend-u-s-colleges

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2012/10/04/why-international-students-should-consider-community-colleges

 

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