International students evicted from ND university for poor English skills

by Jill Jensen

Five international students at Dickinson State University in North Dakota were asked to leave because of poor English skills, according to the Associated Press.

The university, which emphasizes “educating a diverse and international population,” dismissed the five Chinese students after they failed a required English as a Second Language test.

The news comes amid reports that the University of Minnesota is not providing adequate support and resources for its international students, despite its commitment to internationalization.

Officials with the N.D. university said that the Chinese company that placed the students was at fault, not the students.

Ronnie Walker, director of mulitcultural affairs, told the AP that an interpreter broke the news to the students.

“They’re understandably emotional about it,” Walker said. “It’s a tough decision to come to the United States to study and they’ve made commitments to that.”