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Academic Difficulties

Sometimes international students experience academic difficulty, despite the fact that they have been highly successful academically in their home countries. They may face the same types of academic difficulties that U.S. students face, such as test anxiety, difficulty with concentration, or time management. Some difficulties may be related to their unique situation as international students.

It is possible that a variety of differences in the education systems exist between the U.S. and other countries. Some examples could be academic writing style, test formats, amount of student participation expected in the classroom, large and small group discussions, and note-taking practices to name a few.

If you would like to discuss your situation and discover resources and options, the International Student Program (ISP) can assist you. ISP has staff who work with international students on academic issues. Please contact ISP for more specific information. 320-589-6094

Other Resources

Writing Center

327 Briggs Library
Coordinator: Tisha Turk

The writing room is staffed by English Instructors and students who are trained to help students analyze and improve their papers. Tutors can help students at any stage of the writing process.