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Resources/Guides to Working with International Students

An Overview: UW-Platteville International Students

This guide includes some specific information about the international student population at UW-Platteville and some information about working with international students in general.

Guide for Academic Advisors/Professors of International Students

This guide will help academic advisors understand the student visa regulations with which international students on an F-1 student visa must comply in order to maintain legal status in the U.S. and know under what circumstances international students are required to make an appointment with the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office.

Innovative International Student Support Programming

With support from UCLA and Terra Dotta Software, the Center for Global Education at UCLA has collected samples of innovative practices for international student support at colleges and universities across the U.S.

Extra Exam Time for International Students

Allowing international students extra time for taking exams/tests, quizzes, etc., due to difficulties with the English language is up to the discretion of each faculty member; there is no policy requiring or prohibiting extra time for international students to take exams. Using the Testing Center (TC) is an option for professors who want to give international students extra time completing exams.

To request TC accommodation, the professor must submit a Testing Center Form. On the form, select the box stating the student does not have a VISA, and write next to it that the student is an international student.  While students with VISAs receive priority placement at the TC, international students will be accommodated as space allows. Please note:  Students are not eligible to receive a VISA based only upon their international status.

CPT vs. OPT - What's the Difference?

This document illustrates the difference between two different types of F-1 visa employment authorizations: Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT).

F-1 vs. J-1 Visa Status - What's the Difference?

Have you ever heard students say "I'm an 'F' Student" or "I'm a 'J' Student"? This document outlines the main differences between the F-1 and J-1 student visas.

What Employers Need to Know About Hiring International Students

It's really not as much work as people think to hire an international student in F-1 or J-1 status!

Muslim Holiday Schedule

Since a significant portion of our UW-Platteville international students are Muslim, faculty/staff may find it helpful to be aware of the Muslim holidays that take place throughout the year. Dates of Muslim holidays change each year since the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar calendar.

Holidays Around the World

For a list of holidays celebrated in countries from around the world, please visit:

What Time is it in ______?

To find out what time it is right now in cities across the world, please visit

How Do I Call Abroad?

If you need to make a phone call to someone outside of the U.S., go to to find out the country code and other information about the country you are calling.

Immigration Basics:

FAQ for Academic Advisors advising International Students:

Guide to Advising Saudi/Kuwaiti Students

Two of UW-Platteville's biggest groups of international students come from Saudi Arabia or Kuwait. If you are interested in learning more about the Saudi and Kuwaiti cultures and how they may impact the way you advise this specific sub-group of international students at UW-Platteville, please contact to request a guide.

Guide to Advising South Korean Students

Another one of UW-Platteville’s biggest groups of international students come from South Korea. If you are interested in learning more about the South Korean culture and how it may impact the way you advise South Korean students at UW-Platteville, please contact to request a guide.

Article Recommendations

Bond, Kay and Scudamore, Rachel. “Working with International Students: a Guide for Staff in Engineering.” The Higher Education Academy.  

Carroll, Jude. “Suggestions for Teaching International Students More Effectively.” 27 June 2002

Charles, H. and Stewart, M. A. “Academic Advising of International Students.” Journal of Multicultural Counseling & Development, 19 (1991): 173–181.

“Finding Common Ground: Enhancing Interaction Between Domestic and International Students.” Australian Learning and Teaching Council. 2010.

Palmer, Eriko. "Using Appreciative Advising with International Students." 9 September 2009.

 “Teaching International Students Across the Curriculum:  Supporting Academic Listening/Speaking .” Prepared by Soonhyang Kim, FTAD

Book Recommendations

Althen, Gary, ed. Learning Across Cultures: Intercultural Communication and International Education Exchange. Washington, D.C.: NAFSA, 1981.

Andrade, M. and Evans, N. International Students: Strengthening a Critical Resource. Lanham, MD: American Council on Education/Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2009.

Asitimbay, Diane. What’s Up America? A Foreigner’s Guide to Understanding Americans. San Diego: Culturelink Press, 2005.

Burak, Patricia A., and Hoffa, William W., eds. Crisis Management in a Cross-Cultural Setting. Washington, D.C.: NAFSA, 2001.

Coffey, Margaret, and Grace, Susan. Intercultural Advising in English-Language Programs. Washington, D.C.: NAFSA, 1997.

Flaitz, Jeffra, ed. Understanding International Students: An Educational, Cultural, and Linguistic Guide. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2006.

Green, Madeleine F., and Shoenberg, Robert. Where Faculty Live: Internationalizing the Disciplines. Washington, D.C.: American Council on Education, 2006.

Kohls, Robert L., and Knight, John M. Developing Intercultural Awareness: A Cross-Cultural Training Handbook. Boston: Intercultural Press, 1994.

Kohls, Robert L. Learning to Think Korean: A Guide to Living and Working in Korea. Boston: Intercultural Press, 2001.

Lipson, Charles. Succeeding as an International Student in the United States and Canada. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Nydell, Margaret K. Understanding Arabs: A Contemporary Guide to Arab Society. Boston: Intercultural Press, 2012.

Olson, Christa L., Green, Madeleine F., and Hill, Barbara A. A Handbook for Advancing Comprehensive Internationalization: What Institutions can do and What Students Should Learn. Washington, D.C.: American Council   on Education, 2006.

More Resources

Considerations for Academic Advisors of International Students

Tips for Working with International Students in the Classroom

International Students and Plagiarism/Academic Integrity

A Whole Campus Approach to International Students

Working with International Students: a Guide for Staff in Engineering

Enhancing Interaction Between Domestic and International Students: A Guide for Academics

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