International students need to understand American/European standards of academic honesty. In particular, they should recognize that proper quotations and citations are essential. That's not always true in their home countries. The differences in standards can lead to serious problems for international students. What may be an innocent mistake or cultural misunderstanding can easily lead to change of plagiarism, with severe repercussions. That's why it's so important for international students to learn Eurpean/ American standards of academic honesty and incorporate them in their own work.
American instructors and European teachers appreciate if you tell them in their face ?œI was in no mood to study and so I didn?™t do my homework?? It may sound strange for some of you but it works like that at least in America. One of my friends always said ?œHuman beings are valued more in these countries?? He would say that after making an excuse for not submitting his homework and getting 7 extra days from our professor for submitting the same homework.
?¢Asking for help and volunteering.
One, who knows that he knows not, knows something. In my opinion American and Canadian professors are the most welcoming and unassuming while answering questions. They try to answer even the most hilarious questions with lot of sincerity and by chance if they don?™t know the answer they will honestly say ?œI never knew this but as soon as I find the answer I will get back to you?? Pluralism is a fact of life in North American universities and a key value shared by students, faculty, and the wider society. Tolerance for others is expected.
Dr.Jagdish Khubchandani is A Research Assitant in the Department of Public Health at Western Kentucky University. He is a physician from India who now represents the College of Health and Human Services at the Graduate Council of Western Kentucky University. He is the author of the famous Indian book "All In One- A comprehensive review of Internatioanl education and foreign exams". The book has an online supplement.