Category: International Education Research

Path to U.S. Higher Education: A Study of Chinese Students

Wednesday, May 31
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
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This study collected data on the Fall 2016 incoming Chinese students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) to determine their ethnic identity and provide insight into the educational path they took to get to IUP.

Chad Buckwalter

International Student Advisor
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA

Chad Buckwalter is an International Student and Scholar Advisor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a public university in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. He assists in advising more than 700 international students and their dependents on a variety of immigration issues and develops programming to assist with their cultural acclimation. He graduated with honors from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with degrees in International Business and Asian Studies before pursuing a graduate degree in Global and International
Education from Drexel University, which he completed in November 2016.
In 2008, Chad won the Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship and the Freeman-ASIA Scholarship to continue his Chinese language study in Chengdu, China. His study abroad experience proved to be life changing as he developed an affinity for travel and deep appreciation for language and cultural education. After graduation, the desire to travel was so great that Chad moved to Beijing, China where he worked as a teacher, curriculum developer, and education consultant. He developed curricula that mixed American and Asian pedagogies for a range of students, many of whom would eventually study abroad in the U.S. and UK. Chad is a member of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and National Association of Foreign Student Advisers/National Association of International Educators (NAFSA). He holds multiple certificates in F-1 Visa Training from NAFSA and Designated School Officials (DSO) Training from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).