International Students’ Experiences and
What to Expect in US Doctoral Programs
Gabriela del Villar, Albina Khabibulina, and Shim Lew
University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
January 11, 2015, 8:00 pm, USA/New York Time Zone)
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According to the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange (2010), in 2009-2010, the U.S. hosted a record high of over 690,000 international students (IS), making it the top country with more IS than any other destination. In this web-seminar we will describe the personal experiences of Mexican, Russian and South Korean students in a doctoral program. We hope to provide an insight into the requirements, challenges and benefits of being a doctoral student in a US university. We acknowledge that our experiences might be different from those of other IS in other disciplines and institutions, but we also expect a lot of similarities. Below are some of the points we will address in our presentation:
- Reasons for going into a doctoral program
- What you need to know before entering a program
- Expectations for doctoral students in the US versus other countries
- Some challenges IS experience and how to handle them.
- Writing for publication
- IS’s using their international background in academia
- Choosing and working with your advisor
- What advisors need to know working with international students
Meet Gabriela del Villar, Albina Khabibulina and Shim Lew
Gabriela del Villar is a fourth year PhD candidate in the TESOL and World Language Education program at the University of Georgia. She was born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her research interests include Writing in a Second Language, Systemic Functional Linguistics, Spanish Pragmatics, and sociolinguistics. Her dissertation study examines how English majors experience writing in Spanish as a foreign language. Before pursuing her doctorate, she taught Spanish to college students at Auburn University.
Albina Khabibulina is a second year PhD student in the TESOL & World Language Education program at The University of Georgia. Her research interests include adult second language acquisition, heritage language maintenance and discourse analysis. Recently, she has become interested in studying the international graduate students’ participation behavior in graduate level courses using a multimodal social semiotic approach. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking trails around Georgia, attending theater performances and art exhibits, and spending time with her friends. Albina is originally from Russia.
Shim Lew is a third year PhD student in the TESOL and World Language Education program at the University of Georgia. She was born and raised in Korea. She began her teaching career as a middle school English teacher in Korea. After she moved to the US, she taught Academic Writing to international students and Korean as a foreign language to undergraduate student. Her research interest is second language acquisition, cognitive linguistics, bilingual education, and linguistic minority student education. She currently serves as assistant director for the Georgia ESOL for Content Area Teachers (GECAT) Project.