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International students’ struggles: Community college to the rescue

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Each year the USA welcomes a large number of international students who enter the country with bright dreams of success and earning an American college degree. Although many will enroll in the country’s most prestigious universities with confidence and high expectations of success, some will find the competitive atmosphere of American classrooms a challenging transition (Ramsay et al. 1999; Zhao et al. 2005). Some will be unprepared to live and learn in an all-English language environment, while others may encounter problematic cultural differences that interfere with their success. Some may encounter financial problems stemming in part from the higher cost of living in the USA as compared to their home countries. This chapter explores how international university students who initially started at four-year universities found assistance to these and other problems through the judicious use of community colleges.




Hagedorn, L. S., Pei, S., & Yan, L. (2016). International students’ struggles: Community college to the rescue. In International Education at Community Colleges: Themes, Practices, and Case Studies (pp. 57–74). Palgrave Macmillan.

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