Bridging International Education

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The Five Phases of Cultural Adjustment: “Based on our history of case studies with students, we continuously see students exhibit symptoms of each phase. Different levels of English proficiency will affect how these symptoms of cultural adjustment are displayed. It is important that Host Families have a thorough understanding of the different phases of cultural adjustment.”  The “Honeymoon” Phase: Similar to that of a newlywed couple, this initial phase in the student’s experience is one of great excitement and energy. The student will be both happy and nervous at the same time....
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There are literally hundreds - maybe thousands - of holidays celebrated worldwide each year. That number varies as holidays are added and dropped when a country’s political and cultural winds change. I did a quick online search and found that there are 25 holidays in the last 6 days of October and 53 in the first week of November! Honestly, most of these come and go without much notice. Today is “Nevada Day” and sadly, I’m going to miss this celebration as I was caught  off guard this year. US citizens have a plethora of holiday choices and because of our heterogeneous ethnic make up...
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Requirements to Host an International Student - Part II; The Home So you’ve got some extra space in your home and you’re thinking about filling it with an international student. Maybe it’s a room that’s not being used or a spot where you’ve been putting junk and stuff you don’t quite have a place for; or, a lonely bedroom once occupied by your college kid. While it’s not recommended that “filling space” be your motivation to become a host family, having enough room for a student is foundational to getting into the hosting game. Before you finally part with that stair-stepper you haven’t...
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You’ve taken the plunge and you’re matched with an international student. Question is, are you ready to embark on this cultural exchange experience? Speaking mostly to first time host families, there’s a lot to know and prepare for and that lingering doubt that you’ve prepared enough is hanging around. “Will we be good at hosting?” “Will they like the bedroom?” “Will they like my food?” “Will they like my home?” “Will they like my family?” “Will they like me?” You’re right, there’s a ton of stuff to consider before becoming a surrogate parent to someone else’s teenager (mic drop...
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Hosting an exchange student can be a little awkward. You are, after all, inviting a stranger from a foreign country into your home for an extended period. You can lessen the awkwardness and set-up you and your exchange student for an unforgettable, rewarding experience if you prepare. How to Prepare to Host an Exchange Student Find the specific requirements for hosting a foreign exchange student from the study abroad coordinator you are working with. The following general requirements for hosting an exchange student will prepare you to work with exchange student coordinators in your...
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The Millers ​ The beauty and the bane of homestay programs is the rich diversity of the American family. From our perspective, this is what defines us; that we are more than unique in personality and thought, but also in heritage and culture. Yet, we do share a common culture that reaches across our differences to embrace ideals and transcend those things over which we have no control. Every family that chooses to become a host to an international student does so for their own personal reasons. Regardless of what those are, it’s safe to say that they all start with - or develop - a...
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