Non Traditional International students who live on campus are a small group of people.
Generally, most international students will not be over the age of 24, married or already a parent when they receive a scholarship to attend Berea College.
Many international Non Traditional student have lived as a United States resident, and might have received US citizenship before attending Berea College.
Internationally born, Non Traditional students who have legal US residency or citizenship have the option to live off campus or in the residence halls. If an international student couple is married they will live off-campus or in the Ecovillage.
Berea College policy requires all international students here on a F-1 or J-1 visa, regardless of Non Traditional status, to live on campus for the length of their education at Berea College.
- All international students live dispersed throughout all the residence halls.
- International students are cultural ambassadors. So, each international student will have an American roommate.
- They receive a meal plan during the fall and spring semester.
- International students have the option to live off-campus during the summer semesters. International students should use the Off- Campus Resources to plan ahead for summer.
Life in a Residence Hall can be unique, interesting, and a culture shock. A residence hall has its own culture. International Non- Traditional students who live in the residence halls, advise:
- Make lasting friendships and experience cross-cultural exchange.
- Develop patience, understanding and self control.
- Practice positivity and develop character on your journey to earning a degree.
- Share your cultural perspective through student activism, such as hosting events, or starting initiatives to improve residence hall life.
- View residence hall life as an education in world culture, and the chance to meet people from 50 to 60 other nations besides America.
- Remember the on-campus lifestyle is protective and sheltering. It is a once in a lifetime chance to study without the distractions of securing life provisions for oneself.
As an International Non Traditional student you probably have lived independently. Here are some ways to experience independence while living in the residence hall:
- Frost Cottage is like a comforting home away from home. Non Traditional students can cook for themselves or make tea or coffee, build community, and study in a peaceful and productive environment.
- The Center for International Education also offers the Community Friendship Program, so that International student may connect with community members or families, who want to be active members in the student’s after school life. A host family will sponsor outings, such as going to a ball game, the mall, out to the movies, or inviting them to dinner or holiday meals. International students generally become very close to their host families.
- The Ecovillage offers a Thursday luncheon during the Fall and Spring for all Non-Traditional students, offering an alternative to the Dining Hall, and a chance to catch up.
- The Non Traditional Student Association offer regular Non Traditional events.
Sometimes conflicts arise while living in a residence hall, here are some ways to approach conflicts:
- Start by trying to talk it out with your roommate.
- Attempt to establish boundaries and guidelines that both of you can agree upon.
- If the problems continue request peer mediation with the Resident Attendants (RA).
- If that fails, approach the Residential Life Collegium with questions about how you might change your roommate.
Sometimes culture shock, peer conflict, and academic pressure can be emotionally challenging and potentially detrimental to your education.
- That is why Berea College provides Counseling Services. There is no shame in needing to talk some problems out with a counselor who can help you find solutions.
If you have a severe dietary restriction that is pre-existing, and medically proven, be aware that the Dining Services might not be able to provide the exact diet you require.
- Begin making inquiry about your options once you know you are accepted. Advocate for yourself before you get to Berea, to avoid adding strain on your health in addition to your busy schedule.
- You will need to supply medical proof for a dietary restriction that would require you to receive a grocery stipend, instead of the meal plan.
- Be aware, this grocery stipend is rarely provided and is based on validated, medical circumstances.
If you have any more questions about applying to be a Berea College International student please view the links at the website of the Center for International Education .
For further assistance accessing the college resources see Support Services .