Studying abroad can be a rewarding experience for international students, but it can also be challenging to adapt to a new culture, environment, and academic system. The transition from one’s home country to a foreign country can be overwhelming, and international students may feel isolated and disconnected from the campus community. Therefore, it is essential to have an assimilation program that helps international students to adjust and integrate into the new environment.
The purpose of the San Francisco High School of the Arts (HSArts) International Student Assimilation Program (ISAP) is to provide support, guidance, and resources to international students, to help them adapt to the new culture, academic system, and social life. The program aims to foster a welcoming and inclusive campus community that values diversity and promotes cross-cultural exchange.
The ISAP includes the following components:
Orientation: The program offers a comprehensive orientation session that provides essential information about the campus, academic system, culture, and social life. Students are introduced to the resources and support services available, such as counseling, academic advising, health services, and housing.
Mentorship: ISAP pairs international students with an international advisor to provide guidance, advice, and support throughout their academic journey. The advisor can help international students navigate the academic system, connect with campus resources, and develop social networks.
Cultural Exchange: ISAP organizes cultural events and activities that promote cross-cultural exchange and understanding. Events may include international food festivals, cultural performances, language exchange programs, and field trips to local cultural sites.
Academic Support: ISAP offers academic support services, which may include tutoring, study groups, and workshops, to help international students succeed academically. ISAP also provides guidance on academic policies and procedures, such as course registration, grading, and academic integrity.
Social Integration: ISAP facilitates social integration by providing opportunities for international students to connect with domestic students and participate in campus clubs and organizations. ISAP may organize social events, such as game nights, movie nights, and outdoor activities.
In conclusion, ISAP is essential to help international students adapt and integrate into the new environment. The program offers a range of services, including orientation, mentorship, cultural exchange, academic support, and social integration. By providing comprehensive support and resources, the program can help international students thrive academically, socially, and personally, and contribute to a diverse and inclusive community.
Please RSVP here for a conference call with our admissions counselor to learn more about the program.