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JUNE 2017

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT

cations are submitted or after

admissions, when deciding

which institution to attend.

If you are visiting the

campus, stop in at the

international center office.

Otherwise, email the office

inquiring about programming for TCKs

and international students.

TCKs can both benefit from and

contribute to the mission of international

centers and should take advantage of

the resources they have for international

students. Youmay even find a club or

TCK-specific orientation at some colleges

and universities: American, Beloit, Lewis

& Clark, Wooster and the University of the

Pacific all offer programming designed

specifically for TCKs.

TCKs can benefit from international

center services such as arranging for

early move-in, organizing network-

ing events focused on international

topics, and pairing new students with

experienced student mentors to help

them adapt and acclimate to campus. In

return, international centers are able to

utilize TCKs’ skills at navigating multi-

cultural environments as they welcome

international students to campus.

Attend the international student

orientation.

Students

should ask to attend the

international student

orientation, which focuses

more on counseling (e.g.,

mental health counseling)

and advising services to

help guide students with limited access

to support networks.

According to Brian White, the associ-

ate dean of students and director of inter-

national students and scholars at Lewis &

Clark College, the international student

orientation cohort is often smaller than

the regular orientation groups, helping

students to settle into their new environ-

ment.

During these orientations, TCKs can

build a social network with other students

Few colleges are aware of

third culture kids or have

programming to support them.