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ERIC Number: ED589443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 126
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3399-2749-7
Understanding the Barriers and Adjustments of International Students Studying at a Faith-Based University in Southern California
Walker, Susana M. K.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Azusa Pacific University
U.S. college institutions enroll international students from all over the world, and the difficulties and challenges international students face while studying abroad are issues that no one can escape. This study explored the experiences of international students at a faith-based university in Southern California with a qualitative phenomenological approach. Individual interviews were conducted with 10 undergraduates, examining the social, cultural, and academic challenges encountered while they studied abroad from their home country. Eight themes emerged from analysis of the data: (a) feeling homesick because of being far away from family and friends, (b) feeling academically challenged because of difficulties with the language and instructional and assessment styles, (c) feeling disconnected and frustrated in adjusting to the new living and social environment, (d) feeling overwhelmed because of the time commitment with school work and chapel attendance, (e) getting support from parents and friends, (f) getting advice from counseling services, (g) appreciating the opportunities offered by American culture, and (h) being aware of the differences between individualistic versus collectivistic cultures. To support international students across America, institutions need to implement new support services. Recommendations are made for future studies to continue exploring the role of faith-based institutions in facilitating the adjustments of international students to their studies and daily life in America. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California