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ERIC Number: EJ1094889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-2162-3104
Leaving Home: The Challenges of Black-African International Students Prior to Studying Overseas
Caldwell, Elizabeth Frances; Hyams-Ssekasi, Denis
Journal of International Students, v6 n2 p588-613 2016
Much of the literature on international students centres on their experiences once they arrive in their host countries. This study explores the preparations of Black-African students for leaving their home countries to study abroad. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 50 Black-African students studying at one British university. The students spoke of the complex and frustrating process of obtaining visas and applying to university abroad as well as the tensions they felt in leaving their communities. These pressures were extensive and impacted their subsequent ability to adjust to life in their host institution. A greater understanding of the backgrounds of international students will enable higher education professionals to develop more culturally inclusive universities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom