10 Classroom Etiquette and Guidelines for International Students

As an international student, it is important to understand the nature of the educational system in your host country. This is because doing otherwise can make your study experience unpleasant and unsuccessful. So, in order to enjoy your study experience, endeavour to abide by classroom etiquette as international students.

Understand that proper classroom behaviour is key to having a conducive environment for learning. When you behave appropriately towards your coursemates and lecturers, you will be highly respected and will enjoy your study experience. Let’s take a closer look at some classroom etiquette, shall we?

  1. Be polite, cheerful and have a good attitude.

2. Attend all classes, be punctual and prepared.

3. Respect your classmates and professors, you’ll be respected likewise.

4. Listen when your professors/classmates are talking. You can speak afterwards.

5. Respect others’ property; treat them as you want to be treated.

6. Keep your workspace tidy, equally help to keep the classroom tidy. This way, everyone benefits.

7. Listen and follow instructions given by instructors/teachers.


8. Do not cause distractions during class exercises, others could get confused.

9. Share new ideas with others and be respectful of their ideas as well.

10. Use equipment properly, remember that it’s for everyone else as well.

11. Finish and turn in your assignment on time. It shows discipline and respect.

12. Make valuable contributions during class discussions, others can learn from you too.

13. Cooperate with your coursemates because together everyone achieves more.

14. Other students are there to learn too, don’t deny them that opportunity by asking too many questions.

15. Use technology appropriately. Don’t use your devices to distract others.


16. Respect the work and the words of members of your group.

17. Avoid making rude comments/jokes about the works or habits of other students. Your habits/works are not superior to theirs.

18. If there is a dress code, follow it.

19. Don’t distract a speaker during class presentations.

20. Resist the temptation to leave the class before the lecture is over.

21. Take notes during lectures and maintain eye contact with your teacher.

22. During tests/exams, maintain silence, don’t cheat or promote malpractice. Note that the consequences could be dire.

You are expected to observe and maintain classroom etiquette as international students. This will facilitate a less stressful study experience with your instructors and your fellow students.

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