ERIC Number: EJ1095509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Academic and Social Experiences of Exchange Students from Japan Attending an American University
Sato, Takahiro; Hodge, Samuel R.
College Student Journal, v49 n1 p78-92 Spr 2015
The purpose of this study was to identify and analyze the views of exchange students from Japan about their sojourn experiences at an American university. The participants were eight exchange students from Japan (four males and four females). This descriptive-qualitative study was conceptualized within sojourner theory (Siu, 1952). The data sources were a demographic survey and semi-structured interviews conducted during the participants' study abroad sojourn. The interview data were analyzed using constant comparative method (Merriam, 1998). The emergent themes were (a) "academic frustration in ESL courses," (b) "academic and social envy and jealousy," and (c) "academic transition challenges." Recommendations are provided to improve international exchange students' academic and social experiences at American universities.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Social Experience, Student Exchange Programs, Surveys, Semi Structured Interviews, Grounded Theory, International Educational Exchange, Foreign Students, Questionnaires, Credibility, Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Language Tests, Second Language Learning, College Students, Qualitative Research, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of English as a Foreign Language