Hindsight is 20/20 Vision: What International Students Wished They Had Known Before Coming to Live and Learn in Ireland

  • Tom Farrelly Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland
  • Tony Murphy Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland
Keywords: Ireland, higher education, acculturation, social, practical, academic, culture

Abstract

This article reports on a survey (n=573) of international students who were attending one of a group of five higher education institutes (HEIs) in the south of Ireland. This study sought to identify what knowledge these students had about their host country before coming to Ireland. In this study, we also attempted to identify what aspects of living and learning in Ireland these students wished they had known about before they left their home countries. Finally, we discuss the types of academic, socio-cultural and practical resources that both welcoming colleges and international students should consider prioritising before departure, so as to truly help the transition from a home to host country.

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Author Biographies

Tom Farrelly, Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland

TOM FARRELLY, D.Ed., is a Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Science, Institute of Technology, Tralee, Ireland. His major research interests lie in the area of digital literacy, educational technology, student experiences of education and sociology of health. 

Tony Murphy, Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland

TONY MURPHY is a PhD candidate at the University of Lancaster and former Projects Co-ordinator of the E-learning Development Support Unit at IT Tralee. His major research interests are blended learning course management and policy development in higher education. 

Published
2018-10-01
How to Cite
Farrelly, T., & Murphy, T. (2018). Hindsight is 20/20 Vision: What International Students Wished They Had Known Before Coming to Live and Learn in Ireland. Journal of International Students, 8(4), 1848–1864. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i4.234
Section
Research Articles