International students attending post-secondary programs overseas away from home are often faced with various obstacles, including but not limited to: learning the host country’s language, adapting to cultural norms, and navigating services that can help with assimilation. This blog will explore the benefits of integrating localization specialists across post-secondary institutions (i.e. university, college) to better assist foreign students enhance their learning and social experience.
What Does This Look Like?
According to Masters Portal article in 2019, the top-ranked universities in Canada that occupy a high rate of international students are: University of Toronto, University of British Colombia, and McGill University. Research conducted by the Canadian Bureau for International Education reveals that a majority of international students originate from China, India, and South Korea. As one can imagine, cultural norms and learning techniques greatly differ across various regions of the world, making it difficult to assimilate into host countries.
As a solution, localization services should be available in post-secondary institutions. For example, a drop-in room with localization and translation professionals providing foreign aid. Most international students often enrol in programs relating to math and science, straying away from art and English programs. Therefore, a foreign student(s) may have inquiries regarding language acquisition and understanding figures of speech as it may be a struggle.
Wrapping it Up
Consequently, it is important to recognize the struggles that foreign students face when migrating to a host country. Localization services in post-secondary institutions can be an integral component in reducing isolations and aiding the integration of foreign students with the rest of the student entity.