Some Foreign Opinions…

During the course of our project, we felt it was imperative to not only obtain information from the university, but also from the students who come from international backgrounds. After interviewing a number of students, we took some of the most relevant quotes from their questionnaires and interviews, to combine a list of shared and unique experiences at the New School as an international student.

“I think the faculty do a good job of accommodating students who do not feel comfortable speaking in class, but you must ask for help” — Alexandra, Student at Lang from France

“I grew up in Turkey but was born in the United States. I went to an American High School in Turkey and still had to sit the TOEFL exam” — Omer, Student at Lang from Turkey

“A couple of months ago, I had a horrible experience with ISS. The woman who was supposedly helping me with my visa had told me that it was not her fault that I was from a third world country.” — Aliya, Student at Lang from Egypt

“Honestly, I watched a lot of TV shows. Sex and the City helped tons.” — Johna, China, Parsons The New School of Design

“It’s the students responsibility to communicate English fluently. Otherwise it just doesn’t sound right to be in the class with all other student speak English and he/she doesn’t.” — Johna Shia, China, Parsons The New School of Design

“I do not expect anything from the school.” — Ming Peng, China, Parsons The New School of Design

“I have a few difficulties especially when people started using experssions and street language.” — Loris Uzan, France, Parsons the New School of Design

“As the classes got harder, my English got stronger.” — Loris Uzan, France, Parsons the New School of Design

“You’re far away from home and you need to feel connected” — Assia Syed, Denmark, New School of Public Engagement

“Sometimes I switch to Danish when I’m tired, or I translate word for word.” Assia, Denmark, New School of Public Engagement

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