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Foreign Students In US Universities Tend To Cheat More As Compared To Their Domestic Classmate!

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Aside from big tuition payments and new outlook, foreign students are bringing something more to college campuses in the United States; cheating.

International students are found cheating an average of five time more as compared to their domestic peers in the U.S., an analysis by the Wall Street Journal has divulged.

The study that covered the academic year 2014-15, found 5.1 reports of suspected cheating for every 100 foreign students, as opposed to just one indigenous student. That said, some schools reported up to eight times as many international students disciplined for the cheating behavior.

Penalty for cheating can be anything from an F on an assignment to as serious as suspension. However, a few of them have escaped the punishment, sparking speculations the big tuition payments by international students imply faculty staff are being more lenient on wrongdoers.

The Department of Homeland Security noted that 586,208 foreign undergraduate students attended colleges and universities in the United States. While over 165,000 international students were from China, about 50,000 were from Saudi Arabia and South Korea each. About 23,500 Indian students attended U.S. colleges or universities, DailyMail reported.

According to academic staff members, Chinese students heavily contribute to the problem citing their weak language skills coupled with the burden of obtaining academic excellence.

Cheating among Chinese students, particularly those with below average language skills, is one of the biggest challenges for schools and universities in the U.S., University of Arizona professor of geography and development, Beth Mitchneck noted. Mitchneck confidently added that someone at the university is definitely doing a calculation about the amount of money they'd lose if the faculty staff stops being lenient on students who cheat.

A Shanghai-based electrical-engineering student at Georgia Institute of Technology, Lanqing Wang is perturbed by the cheating he sees around. According to Wang, in China, cheating is fine as long as you are not caught.

Chinese students are put under immense pressure that compels them to find shortcut to get a good grade, vice president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at the University of California, San Diego, Paidi Shi noted.

University of Arizona's Lynn Nadel believes that the university's business model is more or less reliant on foreign students, and it's no secret that the universities heavily rely on them to cover their costs. Nadel denied that due to the aforementioned reason, an excuse that foreign students should be treated with leniency has even been mentioned in his presence.

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