Pertinent coping strategies for supporting the wellbeing of international students in Higher Education

Hyams-Ssekasi, Denis ORCID: 0000-0002-5022-1210 (2017) Pertinent coping strategies for supporting the wellbeing of international students in Higher Education. In: TIRI Conference 2017, 5th July - 6th July 2017, University of Bolton. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The nature and the wellbeing of students have been exhaustively discussed in academia from the 19th century. The unravelling of the visible and invisible challenges pertaining to students’ wellbeing is a common practice in UK higher education (HE). Society has been channelled into thinking that highly visible support systems in HE enhance students well-being. This study provides perspectives from international students, in particular Black African students, on their experiences in higher education, in relation to acquiring relevant support services for their well-being. The study identifies the indignation aroused in HE with regards to the challenges faced by the students. Findings indicate that there is a dichotomy between what is generally accepted as students’ well-being and what they encounter in the course of their student life. In view of the recurring issues that affect the student’s high level of well-being, coping strategies have been adopted by the international students to maintain their status quo. The study concludes by arguing that UK HE institutions, should consider within its main stream services and systems, the wellbeing and coping mechanisms for international students, which supports their critical moments of dissatisfaction whilst undertaking their studies in a foreign country. This will ensure a meaningful social life and positive wellbeing for all students, irrespective of their country of origin.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: international students, wellbeing, strategy, stress
Divisions: Institute of Management
University of Bolton Conferences > Teaching Intensive Research Informed Conference > 2017
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2018 11:24
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 10:26
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1835

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