Date Approved

10-26-2016

Embargo Period

10-27-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton R.

Subject(s)

Students, Foreign; College students--United States

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

For the last two years, the number of international students aspiring to obtain a qualification in U.S. universities has been exponentially growing by 8% (IIE, 2014). The purpose of this study was to discuss the challenges faced by international students in the United States. Although international students benefit universities, they encounter adjustment difficulties that differ from those of domestic students, such as culture shock, homesickness, loss of social support, discrimination, language barriers, loneliness, depression, anxiety, and academic adjustments. This quantitative study was conducted with undergraduate international students from different countries enrolled at Rowan University during the spring semester of 2016. The effect of cultural differences and experiences of the international students can be used to expose the challenges which help them to integrate better into Rowan University. This study helps increase awareness about the adjustment factors that international students face so that universities can better help them succeed.

Other Repository URL

http://dissertations.umi.com/rowan:10224

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