How to Understand the International Students with Whom You Work


  • Uttam Gaulee Morgan State University



Are international students needy? Are they intractable? Do they plagiarize? Are they inefficient in writing? Do they negotiate grades? Are these ontological questions?   Is everything they do a manifestation of their being international students? Or is there a way to understand, first, the students as human beings? Perhaps what they do is not because they are international students. Let’s face it:   Internationals are strong. They are not here to receive our tender love and care. What they do need from us, fairly, is one thing, and that is understanding. It is important for college and university officials who work with international students to try to understand their students. Recognizing the international students as human beings like local students is the first step, one that goes a long way. Ask this question to yourself: what would a domestic student do in a similar situation? If the domestic student would do the same, then do not say that the international student did such and such because he or she is an international student. It’s because he is a human being.

Author Biography

Uttam Gaulee, Morgan State University

Uttam Gaulee is an edupreneur and a scholar of international higher education. He studies higher education at the intersection of student development, public policy, and multiculturalism. His research interests include community college systems, development education, and diaspora studies along with interdisciplinary perspectives on education policy, global citizenship, and cross-cultural issues in international development and geopolitics.

Currently serving as a faculty member in the Community College Leadership Doctoral
Program at Morgan State University, Dr. Gaulee is an advocate of the idea of community college as a vehicle for social progress and economic development in and beyond the US. He is currently documenting the international adaptations of community college via his book project Global Adaptations of Community College Infrastructure.

Dr. Gaulee has devoted the past 15 years of his academic and professional life helping to promote issues related to student success, workforce development, and institutional effectiveness. He served as program director of the Community College Futures Assembly, an independent policy think tank for community college leaders including presidents, trustees, and administrators. As the program director of the Futures Assembly, he teamed up to collaborate with multiple national commissions and councils to evaluate and promote best practices among community colleges while hosting national policy summits on workforce development, reverse transfer, and talent pipeline management. 




How to Cite

Gaulee, U. (2018). How to Understand the International Students with Whom You Work. Journal of International Students, 8(2), i-ii.