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|Title:||Exploring foreign undergraduate students' experiences of university|
|Citation:||International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 2014; 27(1):42-64|
|Danica Wai Yee Liu and Belinda Winder|
|Abstract:||Although international students are an important source of income to universities in the UK, the emotional impact of their experiences may be ignored and unacknowledged. This study explored the personal experiences of international students studying for an undergraduate degree in the UK. Semi-structured interviews with five participants were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis, which aimed to capture the personal perceptions of these participants. Two analytical themes are presented: “adaptation and identity”, which reflects the difficulties in acculturation, adaptation and development of identity in a foreign country; and “us and them”, which pays close attention to the perception of disconnectedness, unfairness and exclusion encountered in trying to integrate into a different way of life. Findings are discussed in relation to the impact that participants’ experiences have had on their self-worth, confidence and ability to engage with domestic individuals.|
|Keywords:||interpretative phenomenological analysis; international students; undergraduates; experiences; UK|
|Description:||Published online: 05 Dec 2012|
|Rights:||© 2012 Taylor & Francis|
|Appears in Collections:||Psychology publications|
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