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Investigating the question “Does employing international students as TAs have an effect on their university experience?” this presentation reports on the employment of international students as teaching assistants (TAs) at two universities. Through the use of qualitative analysis software on data from interviews with teaching assistants, teachers, and program coordinators, it was determined that TAs were consistently underutilized, yet there were also clear personal and institutional benefits from their time in the program. This presentation will make practical suggestions as to how recruitment, training, and in-class utilization of teaching assistants might be improved in future programs.