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International Students’ Experiences and Concerns During the Pandemic

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International students at research universities are generally satisfied with their academic experiences and institutional support during the pandemic but worry about their health, safety and immigration issues, according to the recent Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium survey of 22,519 undergraduate students and 7,690 graduate and professional students at five public research universities.Both undergraduate and graduate international students indicate they adapted to remote instruction better than domestic students. International students are more satisfied with how their university responded to the pandemic, the courses that were offered remotely, and with how instructors supported their remote learning.However, 52% of international undergraduate students and 67% of graduate students worry about maintaining good health during their studies. The second biggest concern for international students is managing immigration and visa issues (44% of undergraduate students and 55% of graduate students).

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