Away from home : international students in the residence halls
International students have become a large and important segment of the student population at universities in the United States. Some of these students live in residence halls during their time abroad. This study analyzes the impact of the residence hall environment on students' adaptation to American culture. The results of this study show that one-third of students cite friendship as a primary reason for not feeling hon1esick while studying abroad in the United States. A majority of students also said that their favorite aspect of living in the residence halls is the social life. Some students, however, felt an increase in isolation and homesickness from their first semester at Ball State to their current semester, which poses some challenges for residence hall staff.