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International students are students, usually in early adulthood, who study in foreign educational institutions. While most universities have official student exchange programs, some well-funded high schools have them, too. Although some students travel abroad mainly to improve their language skills, others travel to advance their specialized studies. Still others study abroad because suitable tertiary education is either in short supply or unavailable altogether in their home countries. In addition, in many parts of the world, a foreign degree, especially if earned from certain countries, is honored more than a local one. They are known to move past their cultural differences and learn a new language as well as new cultures. These students provide colleges with an opportunity to learn how to deal with those of diversity [1].

Prospective international students are usually required to sit for language tests, such as IELTS[2] & TOEFL[3](English speaking education), DELF[4] (French speaking education) or DELE[1] (Spanish speaking education), before they are admitted. Tests notwithstanding, while some international students already possess an excellent command of the local language upon arrival, some find their language ability, considered excellent domestically, inadequate for the purpose of understanding lectures, and/or of conveying oneself fluently in rapid conversations.

Many countries force international students to pay higher tuition than citizens of the country. This discrimination is usually justified by the argument that the students' parents do not pay taxes in the country.

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  1. ^ Cieslak, E: "The Foreign student in American colleges", page 1. Wayne University Press, 1955.
  2. ^ http://www.ielts.org/
  3. ^ http://www.ets.org
  4. ^ http://french.about.com/

5.Cieslak, E. (1955) The Foreign student in American colleges. Wayne University Press.

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