Understanding of International Doctoral Students’ Challenges

A Literature Review Study

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https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v11i2.2065

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academic success, international doctoral students , internationalization, students’ experience

Abstract

Studies pertaining to the challenges international doctoral students confront have been disseminated at various conferences and in journals. However, there is a need to synthesize recent research to assess and advance contemporary theories about international doctoral students. Using meta-synthesis, this article discusses the literature’s main themes and the relationship between theory and the literature findings. A new tentative framework is proposed based on the results. Implications for international doctoral students’ academic success are also discussed.

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Author Biography

Yan Gao, University of Victoria, Canada

Yan Gao, PhD, is a research associate in the Faculty of Education, University of Victoria in Canada. Her major research interests lie in the area of international students, academic success, cross-cultural education, and higher education research.

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Published

2021-03-15

How to Cite

Gao, Y. (2021). Understanding of International Doctoral Students’ Challenges: A Literature Review Study. Journal of International Students, 11(2), 505–513. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v11i2.2065

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Research in Brief