Exploring the Emotions of Single International Students in Hong Kong Facing the COVID-19 Pandemic





COVID-19 pandemic, Emotional Geography, international students’ experiences, narrative inquiry


This narrative study aims to explore the emotional experiences of international students in Hong Kong during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data in this study were garnered from the results of interviews with two single female students who were completing their doctoral studies at a public university in Hong Kong. We analyzed the interview data thematically with the Hargreaves’s emotional geography framework (2001a, 2001b). Findings showed that the COVID-19 pandemic affected the emotional experience of international students in terms of the dissertation guidance process, psychological mental state, relationships with family, finance, and spirituality. This empirical evidence may provide new insight into the role of emotionality in the completion of postgraduate studies during the uncertain and worrying pandemic.

Author Biographies

Suprihatin (Kehok)

Suprihatin (Kehok) is a teacher educator in the Department of Special Education at the Faculty of Education, Universitas Negeri Jakarta. Her research interests are in preservice teacher education, autism, and inclusive education. Email: kehoksuprihatin@gmail.com

Lilik Istiqomah

Lilik Istiqomah lectures on  English language and translation studies  in the Department of English Education of IAIN Surakarta based in Central Java, Indonesia. Her research interests include applied linguistics, translation, interpreting, and subtitling. Email: mdcorp100@gmail.com.

Rini Intansari Meilani

Rini Intansari Meilani currently teaches English for Economics and Business at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. Her research interests lie in teaching English for Specific Purposes, teacher cognition, instructional design, language materials development, and research methodology. Email: intanmusthafa@upi.edu


Khoiriyah (corresponding author) is a faculty member at the Faculty of Education at IAIN Jember, Indonesia. Her research areas include teacher professional development and language materials development. Email: khoiriyah.iain@gmail.com


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How to Cite

Suprihatin (Kehok), Istiqomah, L., Meilani, R. I., & Khoiriyah. (2020). Exploring the Emotions of Single International Students in Hong Kong Facing the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of International Students, 10(S3), 91–107. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v10iS3.3201