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					                       Social Integration: International Student Voice
       On the new student welcome day,
                                                           Jyoti Bhardwaj, Taoxin Peng, Neil Urquhart and Alison Varey
       they allocated me to an Edinburgh
       family. Through that friendship, I
                                                                              School Of Computing        It took a while for my ears to get                                                      When I came here I didn’t
                                                               I went to a Scottish
       made other friends in Edinburgh, for                                                                                                         tuned to the Scottish accent…I’m             know anyone but I try my
                                                               dancing class several
                                                                                                                                                    living with a Scottish family, so            best to get some friends…
       example, their daughter. We went                        times, and I worked for        More events should be
                                                                                                                                                    that helped me a lot                         I joined the sports centre and
       to her University at St Andrew’s.                       my local community             organised to give the                                                                              there I made many friends
       That was the first time I visited                       centre for several             international students an idea                                                                     from different countries
       another city in Scotland                                months.                        of how Scotland is, possibly
                                                                                              outings to different sights                                I think Napier should organise
                                                                                                                                                         International students and local
                                                                                                                                                         students to go on trips, to the
                                                                                                                                                         north of Scotland, for instance
      I think the                                                   I still remember when I
      classroom is a                                                first arrived, when the            I posted onto the Napier student
      good start to                                                 lecturer spoke, I                  website; I thought it was a fantastic
      make friendship,                                              couldn’t understand                opportunity to live with a Scottish family
      but we need to                                                anything                           and learn how to integrate. It’s been
      put more effort to                                                                               excellent…I live in their house, eat with    There are so many Chinese students in
      keep up the                                                                                      them                                         my class…
      friendship.                                                                                                                                   I try and improve my English by myself.
                                     I’m expecting to meet                                                                                          One of my friends introduced me to a web                   I made my best
                                                                                                               The student union has a lot of
                                     people from different                                                                                          site that I logged onto and left a message                 friends during a job
                                                                                                               activities. I would like to join
                                     cultures and traditions                                                                                        about language exchange and I got many                     because we have the
I’ve started to                                                                                                them, but it clashed with my
                                     and learn about their                                                                                          answers. I just selected two and now they                  same interests and
use the internet                                                                                               course – I just couldn’t make it.
                                     own experiences of                                                                                             are my best friends. One Australian girl                   we can sit down to
to try to make
                                     engineering                                                                                                    and one Canadian man                                       talk more and longer.
friends from the
city to enlarge                                                                                                    The classroom is the first
my circle of                                                                                                       place where I made                                                                         The International Office
friends                                                                                                            friends when I arrived in                                                                  needs to arrange
                                                The Students                                                                                          I’m very confident and I asked the
                                                                                                                   Edinburgh. –                       students their name and say “Hello, hi I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                                              seminars and regularly
                                                Association activities          I tried to involve myself
                                                                                                                                                                                                              send emails to the
                                                need more variety, not          [in tutorials] but                                                    from that country, I’m doing that course…”
                                                                                                                                                                                                              International Students
                                                only sports. They               sometimes I found it               We should introduce the            in the library, classroom, café, I just chat.
                                                should encourage                hard to express myself,            Scottish people to other           That’s how I’ve made friends
                                                students to set up their        but I did get along with           cultures so we can
                                                own societies                   them very well                     communicate with each other

                                                                                                                                                     In a mixed group we
                                                                      Napier can organise some              In my country I                          have different
   I think for the Student Union
                                                                      activities during term time           learnt about group                       backgrounds and
   they should be at least one
                                                                      dedicated to International            working and how                          cultures so we have a
   post dedicated to International
                                                                      students at the right time at         groups work in a                         different way of thinking
   students… To represent the
                                                                      the right price. Not just at          Western culture,                         .. we can have very
   voice of students from outside
                                                                      Craiglockhart but at                  but when I came                          creative new ideas            In a Masters level in less than one year you
   the UK and reflect their
                                                                      Craighouse and Merchiston             here things were                         especially in                 have to learn 8 or 9 subjects so it’s difficult
   opinions
                                                                      as well                               different                                brainstorming.                to join the Union and International
                                                                                                                                                                                   students, there are lots of courseworks,
                                                                                                                                                                                   exams, readings and tutorials

                                                                      With thanks to: Guoli Zhang, Ali Sallam, Mengya Wang, Tariq Ahmad,
                                                                           Yang Liu, Ke Sin Lee, Elisabeth Omo-Dare, and Peter Lam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               June 2006

				
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