With global population growth and unstable economies, more American schools are recruiting students from abroad to diversify their student body. The influx of international students is often initially met with an eager welcome and an enthusiastic reception from these schools. However, often these schools are unprepared, albeit unknowingly, to adequately work with these new international students. The schools have good intentions, but they frequently lack the depth of understanding that is needed to navigate the many cultural nuances which accompany the non-domestic population.
International students are often faced with subsequently having to reconcile the sizable gap between their perception of, and the reality of, being foreign in America. More often than not, international students are left to navigate the United States on their own, experiencing high levels of stress and the added financial burden of additional unexpected costs such as chaperones, airport drivers, and additional housing during school breaks. It is our mission to help these students bridge the gap between their perception of life in America and, the actuality of living as a foreigner in the United States. Global P.R.E.P. prepares new international students for their boarding school experience in the following ways:
– Cultural Competency
Proficiency in cross cultural navigation is something that every student will need when they head to boarding school. Often foreign students are not armed with the most basic tools such as American culture codes and etiquette, roommate and community navigation, and understanding Western teacher/student relationships. Students will get a basic understanding of how race and ethnicity shape much of American culture and how international students can help bridge cultural misunderstandings and add dimension to their boarding school communities.
– Academic Readiness
In a boarding school classroom, students will be consistently asked to reflect their understanding of course material through analytical writing. Critical reading and writing are skills every student must develop and master. Through group discussion, students will understand how extra curricular opportunities at boarding school and proper academic course choices can make them more desirable for college and university selection in the future.