Leaving home: the challenges of Black-African international students prior to studying overseas

Caldwell, Elizabeth and Hyams-Ssekasi, Denis ORCID: 0000-0002-5022-1210 (2016) Leaving home: the challenges of Black-African international students prior to studying overseas. Journal of International Students, 6 (2). pp. 588-613. ISSN 2162-3104


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Much of the literature on international students centres on their experiences once they arrive in their host countries. This study explores the preparations of Black-African students for leaving their home countries to study abroad. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 50 Black-African students studying at one British university. The students spoke of the complex and frustrating process of obtaining visas and applying to university abroad as well as the tensions they felt in leaving their communities. These pressures were extensive and impacted their subsequent ability to adjust to life in their host institution. A greater understanding of the backgrounds of international students will enable higher education professionals to develop more culturally inclusive universities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Black-African students; international students; adjustment; transition; inclusive education
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Faculty of Professional Studies > Bolton Business School > Bolton Business School
Depositing User: Sarah Taylor
Date Deposited: 10 May 2016 08:19
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2018 12:07
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/857

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