International students earn and learn program

International students earn and learn program

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We, the International students at The CIA wish to bring to your attention a situation we currently face on campus. The new student employment program- Earn and Learn puts us in a difficult situation where we are not paid for working on campus but instead have it offset from our tuition fee. This presents many challenges to us, namely - 

- International students are NOT allowed to work off-campus. We depend on jobs on campus to support ourselves and pay for any general and unforeseen expenses. 

- In the event of an emergency or unexpected events such as the recent pandemic, students depend on their personal savings to make immediate arrangements to support themselves.

- International wire transfers are expensive. Transfers from home countries are a time-consuming and expensive process because of the fluctuating exchange rates. It costs our families money to transfer us funds which also takes a few days to process.

The recent break for the pandemic is a relevant example of this. Most International students who stayed back in the United States used their personal savings from working on campus to make immediate arrangements for themselves. If not for this they would have been left stranded with nowhere to go because most banks were shut too. 

Most international students take into consideration the possibility of working on campus and supporting themselves while considering studying in the United States. It plays a very important role in our student experience here and the new program puts us at a great disadvantage when compared to domestic students who get paid for working on campus and also have the option of working off-campus.

We are vulnerable without a source of income. We are a long way from home and depend on our personal savings or money sent by our families which also presents its own challenges.

We write to you urging you to reconsider the current plan and work along with the student body to restructure it to a system that would benefit both the school and the international students on campus.   

You will find below names and signatures of students who attest to being affected by all that is stated above. Our only intention with this is to present a genuine case to you.

We look forward to hearing from you and working with you in resolving this issue. We are certain that the CIA would support us like it always has. 

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