International Students in the Era of Trump and Brexit: Implications, Constructions and Trends


  • Brendan Bartram University of Wolverhampton, UK



Donald Trump, Brexit, international students


Across the Global North, many commentators have begun to note the expansion and spread of nationalist sentiments with some concern. Outside of the US, in the immediate aftermath of the U.K. vote to leave the European Union (EU) in the June 2016 referendum, there was an alarming increase in reported incidents of hate crime targeted at non-U.K. nationals (Burnett, 2017). These varied from physical attacks on individuals to verbal abuse and cyber assaults. Commentators suggested that the vote to leave had somehow—and for some people—legitimized the open display of negative attitudes toward foreigners and cultural difference, casual xenophobia, and indeed racist behavior (Khalili, 2016).

Author Biography

Brendan Bartram, University of Wolverhampton, UK

BRENDAN BARTRAM, PhD, is Reader in Education at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2012. His research and publications cover a wide range of issues related primarily to higher education practice, pedagogy, and policy. Much of this work has involved a comparative dimension, examining such themes as international student mobility, behavior, support and motivation. Outside of higher education, his book, Attitudes to Modern Language Learning—Insights from Comparative Education, examined secondary language learning in the UK, US,  Australia, Germany, and the Netherlands. Brendan is a member of the British Education Studies Association and was honorary secretary of British Association of International and Comparative Education. 


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How to Cite

Bartram, B. (2018). International Students in the Era of Trump and Brexit: Implications, Constructions and Trends. Journal of International Students, 8(4), 1479–1482.