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Abstract Having computer literacy is necessary for students in their studies because of the wildly use of computer in schools and libraries However the emphasis on computer literacy varies among different countries or regions In order to have a better perspective this study investigated computer literacy skills and notions perceived by fifty international students who came from different region of Asia Although there appeared to be variations in the importance of computer literacy among different counties in Asia the result of this study showed that the students from South Asia had more skills on computer hardware and computer programming than the students from South Asia Introduction As computer information systems are being used at an increasing rate in all over the world and covering all areas in our society attaining computer literacy has become a necessity for international students The substantial growth in information systems and the growing need for computer literacy for personnel has presented a tremendous challenge to international students In order to deal with the computer information age and compete in the job market in the future students must attain a certain extent of computer literacy However how much computer knowledge and skills a student should have The UTC The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 1998 stated that to attain an acceptable basic computer literacy students should be competent in the following areas Ability to interact productively with a computer Ability to use the internet Ability to use a word processing program Ability to use a spreadsheet Ability to use a database Ability to use presentation software Know the basic structure and organization of a computer Appreciate the ethical issues in computing The UTC described eight basic requirements and presented a practical way to evaluate computer literacy of non-computer majors because it is not reasonable to expect non-computer majors to have a complete range of computer knowledge and skills Obviously the eight abilities mentioned above
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