Student and Staff Perceptions of the International Postgraduate Student Experience: A Qualitative Study of a UK University

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  • Emma L. Bird University of the West of England, United Kingdom

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https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v7i2.384

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experiences, international students, postgraduate, qualitative research, university staff

Abstract

This study aimed to explore student and staff perceptions of academic, personal and social factors influencing the international postgraduate student experience at a UK University. Focus groups were conducted with international students enrolled in a Master in Public Health programme (n=10). An in-depth survey containing open-ended questions was completed by university staff that contribute to postgraduate teaching (n=12). Qualitative data were analysed using Thematic Analysis. Student and staff perceptions of the international postgraduate student experience were broadly similar, although some discrepancies were identified. Five themes emerged: adjustment to academic expectations; adjustment to academic conventions; programme internationalisation; adjustment to the local culture; and, future plans. Findings add to the limited evidence base on the international postgraduate student experience in UK universities

Author Biography

Emma L. Bird, University of the West of England, United Kingdom

EMMA BIRD is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. 

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2017-04-01

How to Cite

Bird, E. L. (2017). Student and Staff Perceptions of the International Postgraduate Student Experience: A Qualitative Study of a UK University. Journal of International Students, 7(2), 329–346. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v7i2.384

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