Perhaps one of the most important considerations when advising international students is gaining an understanding their command of spoken and written English. A student’s proficiency is measured by their TOEFL score which you will find in the student’s folder. Cornell requires a minimum TOEFL score of 600 for admission to the college.
Courses with heavy reading loads may be difficult for some students. Students may concentrate on the details and miss the broader, major ideas. A student’s lack of familiarity with the subject matter, or with Western perspectives in a course, may place the student at a disadvantage. Helping students to identify their areas of strength and to enroll in courses in those areas at the beginning of their Cornell experience is important.
Personal interactions with faculty and classmates, asking questions and/or participating in class may be new concepts. Helping your advisee adjust to instructional differences and expectations is important.
When registering international students, pay careful attention to course selection to ensure as much as possible that the course credits will transfer to their home institution. Some international students are limited in their choice of majors due to government contracts. This information can be found in the Admissions Office.
Provide information about the Center for Teaching and Learning.
Review the academic honesty policy with your advisee . Your student may not understand the importance of citing sources and/or distinquishing between original ideas and acquired ideas.
Follow your advisee’s academic and social progress carefully. Make referrals if necessary.
Remind your advisee to keep all course syllabi and any required letters of support from professors needed to transfer credits to their home university. Before leaving Cornell, international students should take a current catalog (or have access to the online Web site) and a copy of their Cornell transcript.