Voices of Difference:

A Case Study onthe Experiences of InternationalStudents at a University in the Southeastern United States

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Keywords:

international students, higher education, challenges, phenomenology

Abstract

International students often encounter several challenges during their academic and social journeys at higher education institutions in the United States. The purpose of this case study was to examine the experiences of three international students at a university in the southeastern U.S. The participants were a woman from Colombia, a man from Saudi Arabia, and a woman from China. The researcher used in-depth interviews to collect data for this case study. Findings revealed that participants experienced culture shock, misguided expectations, and a lack of resources. The experiences of the participants suggest that higher education institutions must provide more meaningful and intentional support for international students.

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Author Biography

Jacob Kelley, Auburn University

JACOB KELLEY is a PhD student in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology at Auburn University. He also works in the Office of International Programs. His research interests are transformative learning, communities of practice, social justice, international education, and program evaluation. Email: jkk0019@auburn.edu

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Published

2022-03-28

How to Cite

Kelley, J. (2022). Voices of Difference:: A Case Study onthe Experiences of InternationalStudents at a University in the Southeastern United States. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 11(1), 28–42. Retrieved from https://ojed.org/index.php/jise/article/view/2974