Higher education professionals' perspectives on international student experiences of life and learning in Ireland: A qualitative study

O'Reilly, A. and Hickey, T. and Ryan, D. (2013) Higher education professionals' perspectives on international student experiences of life and learning in Ireland: A qualitative study. Irish Educational Studies, 32 (3). pp. 355-375. ISSN 03323315 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Although numerous studies have explored international students' experiences, there is a dearth of research exploring the perspectives of professionals who have contact with international students. The present study addresses this gap in the literature by providing an analysis of higher educational professionals' (n=11) perspectives of international students' experiences and analysing the challenges which arise when working with international students. In this study, semistructured interviews were conducted with staff from a large Irish Higher Education Institution. Participants described a range of difficulties experienced by international students, including sociocultural and psychological difficulties, and outlined a number of challenges which exist when dealing with international students, most of which relate to cultural differences and lack of interest in internationalisation. The findings have important policy and practical implications for higher education service provision and point to the need to consider internationalisation as a process which can be enriching for international students, host students and staff members alike. © 2013 Educational Studies Association of Ireland.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Export Date: 23 February 2015; Correspondence Address: O'Reilly, A.; School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland; email: aileen.oreilly@dcu.ie
Uncontrolled Keywords: Higher education professionals; International students; Psychological well-being; Sociocultural adaptation
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2015 08:12
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 19:28
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/3272

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