THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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
should ask to attend the
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-
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.