The 12 International Students You'll ALWAYS Meet In College
Start writing a post
Student Life

The 12 International Students You'll ALWAYS Meet In College

I love international students!

The 12 International Students You'll ALWAYS Meet In College
ufv / Flicker

I currently work at Baylor's Center for Global Engagement, where I spend every day helping students study abroad and work out their immigration issues.Through this, I have met some of my best friends, along with plenty of characters. I'd like to be sure I'm clear: I love international students. You are invaluable to universities; I can not tell you how much I appreciate learning from you about your culture and worldview.

That being said, there are some things that we see all the time from international students.

Before I start you should know there are three types of international students: semester students; undergraduate students (typical four-year students) and graduate students. These each apply to one or more of the categories!

1. The Traveler

They are determined to visit every major city near the place they study abroad for less than $10. Try to join their spring break trip because it will probably be awesome!

2. The Foreigner

Wants to study at an entirely English-speaking university with limited working proficiency in English.

3. The One Who Swears They're Legal

Terrified of getting deported, any conversation you have with them, they relate it back to their visa status and how they are in constant fear of getting kicked out of the country.

4. The Expert

Has done a crazy amount of research on where they’re studying, so will be in pretty good shape when they get here. However, random small things will throw them off (tip: pretend that groundhog day is a HUGE DEAL. They will probably believe you.)

5. The True American

You can only tell that this person is an international student when they tell you. May have an American passport or one or more American parents but have never lived in the US.

6. The One Who Is "So Cultured"

They think that it is necessary to have a detailed knowledge of their culture, and the cultures of everyone you meet for that matter. Don’t worry, they’ll tell you everything you need to know and then some.

7. The Partier

They’re pretty much only here for the party. Probably spending their last semester of college here, they rarely go to class and know the bar scene better than you. Will probably get kicked out of a bar for asking an off-duty cop for illicit drugs.

8. The Enthusiast

Really excited to experience American culture. They will join every club and have more friends than you have now after their first week of school. These students are most likely only here for a semester, so they want to get as much out of their experience as they can!

9. The Typical Student

This person is your typical student. They are proud of where they are from but do not need that part of them to stand out from the crowd. They fit perfectly into your school’s culture and are awesome friends! Probably here for the full four years.

10. The Visa Chaser

This person is concerned about staying in the country after they graduate, so they’re REALLY anxious to get that “ring by spring” so they don’t have to leave or find a company to sponsor them.

11. The Studier

This person takes the “study” part of “study abroad” a bit too seriously. They never leave their room and rarely experience the U.S. outside of the classroom.

12. The Terminally Confused

They are always in awe of the American culture. Small, new things make them really excited, and cultural nuances that they should know by their second year still puzzle them.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

20 Things I Learned By The Start of My 20s

No one expects you to have your life together by the time you're 20, because honestly, they didn't either.

Allyson Foutty

We are all often faced with many life challenges throughout the time leading up to our 20s. Before this time, and throughout it, we often look back at the things we've learned and how they've influenced who we are as people today. Some of my biggest influences were some of the challenges I've faced, but they've taught me 20 important things by the start of my 20s.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Boyfriend Recipe

The ingredients to build a relationship are a little more complicated than just a bouquet of flowers and a box of candy.


Relationships. Long distance or not, significant others are much more than just that. I would be lying if I said I did not love the sweet gestures that only a boyfriend can give. The flowers, funny phone calls, hand holding, breakfast dates, and tight hugs are special but my relationship and many others out there exist on much more than just these little gestures. It is a tricky concoction that consists of one part boyfriend and two parts best friend and would not work without one part or the other. While having a relationship may not be quite as easy as baking a batch of cookies, it has its own recipe (with a few variations for flavor) to follow for a good match.

Keep Reading... Show less
google images

Fashion just keeps growing and changing and old trends are made new! Now, I'm no beauty guru, just a beauty guru wannabe, but personally I have compiled some stylish wardrobe must haves! These can be cute assets to go back to school or just to catch up on some of the latest trends...

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

There's More To A Relationship Than Netflix

Summertime is only 93 days of the year, Find something to do!

Tallie Ammar

Summertime is ideal for more than just hanging out and binging your favorite TV series with your friends. Although summer does bring rain and thunderstorms which is perfect for those binging days, take advantage of those nice and sunny days. There is so many opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy the season before the snow starts to come back. Here are 25 interesting dates that are doable almost anywhere for any age.

Keep Reading... Show less
Leilani Encarnacion

Philadelphia has its beauty, but some of you may have not been to some of the most beautiful hidden spots in the city. This summer is a chance for new adventures and exploring, so here are a few places that I highly recommend you should visit at least once.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments