Fostering Successful Integration and Engagement Between Domestic and International Students on College and University Campuses

  • CindyAnn Rose-Redwood University of Victoria, Canada
  • Reuban Rose-Redwood University of Victoria, Canada

Abstract

As the number of international students pursuing higher education abroad continues to increase globally (OECD, 2017), college and university campuses have the potential to serve as key spaces of cross-cultural learning and the cultivation of international friendships. Yet spatial proximity and intercultural contact do not always result in meaningful interactions between different social groups (Wessel, 2009). Various studies have shown that interactions between domestic and international students rarely result in cross-cultural friendships within higher educational settings (Trice, 2004; Gareis, 2012; Rose-Redwood & Rose-Redwood, 2013). This disconnect between international students and host communities is often attributed to the failure of the former to “adjust” to the latter. However, as Ryan (2011) argues, international students are not simply “problems” in need of a solution by university administrators but rather “provide an opportunity for the co-construction of new knowledge and more collaborative ways of working and thinking” (p. 631 and 642). While much attention has been devoted to the challenges that international students face, there is also a need for scholars to consider innovative pathways toward building meaningful relationships between domestic and international students.

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Author Biographies

CindyAnn Rose-Redwood, University of Victoria, Canada
CINDYANN ROSE-REDWOOD, PhD, is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria. Her research examines the social experiences of international students in higher education settings, the social geographies of immigrant communities in North American cities, and the Caribbean diaspora. She is currently co-editing a book entitled, International Encounters: Higher Education and the International Student Experience (with Reuben Rose-Redwood).
Reuban Rose-Redwood, University of Victoria, Canada
REUBEN ROSE-REDWOOD,PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria. His research examines the cultural politics of place, critical social theory, and the spatialities of power. He is the editor of Performativity, Politics, and the Production of Social Space (2014, with Michael Glass), The Political Life of Urban Streetscapes: Naming, Politics, and Place (2018, with Derek Alderman and Maoz Azaryahu), and Gridded Worlds: An Urban Anthology (2018, with Liora Bigon). He is currently co-editing a book entitled, International Encounters: Higher Education and the International Student Experience (with CindyAnn Rose-Redwood)
Published
2018-07-01
How to Cite
Rose-Redwood, C., & Rose-Redwood, R. (2018). Fostering Successful Integration and Engagement Between Domestic and International Students on College and University Campuses. Journal of International Students, 8(3), 1267-1273. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/84
Section
Editorial