International students are desirable because they pay lots of money to the university (as undergrads) or work 70+ hours a week like slaves (grad students). The trade off is that the rest of the student body has to tolerate shitty international students. Apathyfactory’s fourth axiom is that international students are actually mediocre people with shitty personalities, you just can’t tell because their true selves are hidden by a thick veneer of foreignness.
Anyone with experience in undergrad will know that the more foreign Indian students are fucking intolerable people. There’s a cohort who are idiots with really abrasive personalities. I think they’re Dravidian, like they’re the darker southern Indian type. The northern Indians tend to be nicer but quiet and shy. They seem to be alright people but very ignorable.
The Chinese students are a problem. The breakneck economic development has resulted in a lot of affluent nouveau riche corrupt communist officials. They tend to have provincial tastes and send their children (with the selfsame provincial tastes) to universities in the US. They also have a one child policy, so their children are all selfish as well. They are awful when they’re assigned to your group for groupwork. They usually do not carry their own weight. Often even when they want to, they are incompetent. For presentations, they are worse than having no help at all because they are unable to effectively communicate. They’re not in school because they want a degree and a good career — after all, they usually have so much money back home that it doesn’t matter. They’re here because it grants them status in China.
I see a lot of Chinese international students here with luxury cars. I saw one in a GTR and I’ve seen several Porsches. They have money, but that’s about it. They’re not really people you can hold a conversation with.