School of Professional Studies

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


School of Professional Studies

Chief Instructor

Mary Piecewicz


In the last decade, the School of Professional Studies at Clark University has witnessed a sharp increase in international students. More and more international students in the millennial generation have entered the School of Professional Studies pursuing one of the two-year graduate programs: Master of Science in Professional Studies, Master of Science in Public Administration, and Master of Science in Information Technology. In the past, working adult student dominant the program. These students already had a career outside the classrooms before them came to study. The millennial international students have generated new adjustment problems. Some of the transition issues of international students have been described in the literature, and these issues can be categorized into three types: academic challenges, social isolation, and cultural adjustment. In response to these new trends, the School of Professional Studies has been providing departmental support services for international students since the 2016 fall semester. This Capstone project researched strategies offered by other American universities in dealing with international students’ transition issues and suggested a series of practical solutions for the School of Professional Studies. These practices include the School of Professional Studies International Students Page, Buddy Program, Academic Training Program, and American Survival Program. We hope these strategies will help the School Professional Students to improve inclusion and the environment for international students.



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