This toolkit is a compilation of best practices in the field that may serve as a resource to assist faculty and staff to have a better understanding of how to serve international students at Baylor. International students account for approximately 4% of the Baylor student population and contribute to the globalization of the campus. International students, however, have unique issues that they must navigate as they acclimate into the Baylor community.
This resource consists of researched and proven articles, charts, and helpful practices that may be helpful when advising international students on academics, transitioning issues, and in creating a safe and inclusive community.
A Guide for Working with International Students
These resources are designed for faculty members to think critically about how to adapt their instructional methods to be inclusive of international students. The Student Development Theory resource is a compilation of relevant international student development theories.
- A Guide for Working with International Students (pdf)
- Exploring Student Development theory (NAFSA: Association of International Educators)
Information about Baylor's International Student Population
The information listed below provides some general information about Baylor's international student population as well as an overview of the process that many international students must use.
Baylor Resources Available for International Students
Baylor provides information on many aspects of daily life in the U.S. as well as programs to help acclimate to a new culture. Baylor also provides academic support services specifically designed for international students. Use the links below to familiarize yourself with the resources that you can recommend to your students.
Immigration Issues Affecting International Students
The resources below contain helpful information about the regulations, procedures, and terminology unique to international students which may be important for faculty and staff advisors.
- Basic Overview on Maintaining Immigration Status for International Students
- Preparing F-1 Students for Immigration and Employment Options After Graduation (NAFSA: Association of International Educators)
- Immigration Terminology (NAFSA: Association of International Educators)
Cultural Awareness Resources
The resources below may be helpful in exploring and understanding different cultures' customs, traditions and norms. The Name Guide document created and used with permission by James Madison University's ISSS offers some tips on pronunciation of some international student names.
- Hofstede Cultural Model (James Madison University)
- National Culture - The 6 D Model (Hofstede Insights)
- Name Guide
Process for bringing an International Scholar (Professor/Researcher/Postdoc) to Baylor
These documents describe the processes for Baylor departments to use to bring visiting international scholars to campus including a list of tasks and responsibilities.