Until recently, international students who considered studying psychology in the United States have had few resources available to them. This is significant given that each year the United States hosts more than half a million international students, and psychology is one of the most popular majors. In response, the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) has brought together a remarkable group of psychologist and international student contributors who share their unique expertise and insights in this volume.

This book offers superb expert guidance on graduate study in psychology, specifically tailored for international students. It weighs the pros and cons of studying psychology in the United States and provides direction on how to find university resources geared toward international students, finance one's education, handle visa and work permit matters, cultural considerations, mentoring relationships, academic development, obtain internships and training, and whether to pursue employment in the United States or abroad, as well as other critical professional development issues.

Table of Contents


—Norman B. Anderson


I. Introduction

—Nadia T. Hasan, Nadya A. Fouad, and Carol Williams-Nickelson

  1. Background Characteristics of International Students
    —Lan-Sze Pang and Merry Bullock

II. Coming to the United States

  1. Topics to Consider Before Studying in the United States
    —Defne Koraman and Merry Bullock
  2. Benefits and Challenges of Studying Psychology in the United States
    —Arpana G. Inman, Jae Yeon Jeong, and Yoko Mori

III. Funding Resources and Legal Requirements

  1. Locating International Student Resources at Your University
    —Suzana G. V. H. Adams, Danny Wedding, and Louise Baca
  2. Funding Opportunities for International Students
    —Priscilla Dass-Brailsford and Benjamin Siankam
  3. Visa and Work Permits
    —Taneisha S. Buchanan and Jieun Lee

IV. Sociocultural Aspects of Life in the United States

  1. A Guide to Cultural Differences in the United States
    —Olga Iof and Sandra M. Fowler
  2. Sharing Your Culture
    —Sin-Wan Bianca Ho and Hsiao-Wen Lo
  3. Enhancing the Mentoring Relationship for International Graduate Students: Tips for Advisors and Advisees
    —Yuhong He and P. Paul Heppner

V. Academic Development

  1. The International Student in the Classroom: Teaching Others and Being Taught
    —Anca Mirsu-Paun and Carolyn Zerbe Enns
  2. Conducting Research in the United States
    —Yu-Wei Wang, Arpana Gupta, and Georgia T. Chao

VI. Internships, Postdocs, and Employment

  1. Internships in Psychology: Special Considerations for International Students
    —Ayse Çiftçi and Carol Williams-Nickelson
  2. Finding Postdoctoral Training and Employment in the United States
    —Shonali C. Raney, Bong Joo Hwang, and Louise A. Douce

VII. International Students: Transitioning to Psychologists

  1. International Students and Professional Development
    —Nadia T. Hasan, Nadya A. Fouad, and Raymond D. Fowler
  2. Home Sweet Home: Issues for International Students to Consider When Returning Home
    —Amanda C. Kracen, Pia Zeinoun, J. Juana Wu, and Michael J. Stevens

Appendix A: A Survey of International Students in the United States

Appendix B: Additional Resources for International Students


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