Albers School of Business and Economics


Communication & Media

Faculty Mentor

Nathan Colaner, PhD

Faculty Editor

Nathan Colaner, PhD

Student Editor

Tzu Hung Huang


Each year, more than a million international students arrive in universities in the United States, bringing valuable cultural, academic, and intellectual backgrounds, as well as revenue to these universities. However, the values these students bring are often overlooked when universities do not factor in the life circumstances of these students, creating unintended barriers for these students to succeed. These barriers reduce the contributions that international students make to the campus community. This essay uses a philosophical and civil lens to explore this problem and argue for a civil framework to help universities be better hosts to international students, enabling these students to make culturally and economically valuable contributions to the universities.