“Study Abroad” Confronts Stereotypes of Foreign Students in U.S.

As we’ve talked about before, studying in the United States can lead to misconceptions – about school, about peers, and about American culture. But the misunderstanding can come from both sides: while foreign students might have unfounded beliefs about the United States, some in the United States have their own misconceptions about foreign students.

A new film, called – appropriately enough – “Study Abroad,” looks to address some of the stereotypes of Chinese students attending school in the US. Producer Cathy Jiang used her own money to finance the film, which confronts the assumption that Chinese students studying in the US are rich, and have a easy life.

“In the end, I want the audience to see that international students are normal people, and that we are not just partying and having fun in life,” Jiang told NBC News.

Visit StudyAbroadFilm.com to learn more.

Andrew Palczewski