The International Classroom is a short film that promotes awareness of International Student issues in higher education classroom settings. As a series of six scenarios, The International Classroom aims to shed light on the reactions, feelings, and thoughts of international students as they encounter tension while interacting with their instructors and fellow students. The six scenarios represent issues reported by the six largest groups of international students at Western Michigan University. These are: Chinese, Japanese, African, European, Indian, and Muslim students.

Presented by the International Student Coalition, the target audience for this film is classroom instructors, though students may also benefit from the content.

Special thanks to the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education for it's generous support of this project.

Questions, comments, or concerns can be directed to Kimberly Ritter (, or Marina Shafran, president of the International Student Coalition (

Feel free to comment on this site as well, as open discussion is one of the primary goals of this project.

Director: Jordan Hochstetler
Filming and Editing: Jordan Hochstetler, Sandy Zwier
Script: Scott Munn
Producter: Marina Shafran (ISC President)
Project Coordinator: Kimberly Ritter (International Student Program Specialist, Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education)
Featuring: Lars Loofboro
Marina Shafran
Adarsh Amano
Ellen Knuth
Peter Ruei
Hartini Abdul Rahman
Sandy Zwier
Huilin Lee
Marcus Ringvelski
Jordan Hochstetler

Special Thanks to the stand-ins and extras that helped make this project possible

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