The transition to university life can be difficult for anyone. It means adjusting to an increased work load, increased responsibility, a large institution, and often a new home. For International Students, however, the adjustment is even more significant. Along with transitioning to a new phase in their lives, these students are also faced with a new language, culture, environment and norms. This means an increased strain on these students, which can effect their educational experience, as well as their physical and emotional well-being. Increased recruitment of these students means that institutions need to ensure that the supports and services are available to fulfill these students’ needs.
The website will cover three main forms of inequality that international students face, and it aims to offer solutions for how they should be addressed within Memorial University, and within the province the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador:
1. Securing Basic Needs: Moving to Newfoundland as an International Student
2. Obtaining Equitable Education and Academic Supports and Services
3. Social Integration
Before exploring the specific forms of inequality facing International Students, the website will aim to provide a clear depiction of the existing strategies for recruiting and retaining International Students. These strategies have been developed through both the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as through Memorial University.