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Global Perspectives on International Student Experiences in Higher Education
Tensions and Issues

Edited By

Krishna Bista

ISBN 9780367585853
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
336 Pages

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Book Description

Global Perspectives on International Student Experiences in Higher Education examines a wide range of international student experiences empirically from multiple perspectives that includes socio-cultural identities, contextual influences on their learning experiences, their wellbeing experiences, and their post-study experiences. 

This collection sheds light on the over five million students who cross geographical, cultural, and educational borders for higher education outside of their home countries. This book consists of nineteen chapters spread across four sections. Throughout the book, contributors question the existing assumptions and values of international student programs and services, reexamine and explore new perspectives to present the emerging challenges and critical evaluations of student experiences and their identities.

Offering a rich understanding of these students and their global college experiences in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Americas, this book offers research-based strategies to effectively recruit, engage, support, and retain international students as they participate in higher educational settings around the world. This book provides resource material to benefit educators, policymakers, and staff who work closely with international students in higher education.

Table of Contents


Chris R. Glass

  1. Exploring the Field- Understanding International Student Experience

  2. Krishna Bista

    PART I

    Socio-Cultural Experiences: Recognizing International Student Identities

  3. Seeing International Students as Students: Changing Institutional Classification, Identity, and Stereotype

  4. David Starr-Glass

  5. Examining Two Queer International Students’ Experiences of Culture Shock

  6. Antonio Duran & Jennifer Thach

  7. Chinese International Students and their Friendship Patterns with Domestic Students

  8. Amanda E. Brunson

  9. ‘I Just Want to be Equal with the Other Native Students’: How International Students in England Experience Routine Normalization

  10. Aneta Hayes

  11. Reconciling Multiple Identities: Experiences of International Undergraduate Students in the United States

  12. Yi Meng, Maraki Kebede, Chao Su

  13. Undergraduate Chinese International Students Perceptions about their Classroom Identities, Memberships and Invisible Engagement

  14. Gabriela Valdez

  15. An Analysis of Acculturative Stress, Sociocultural Adaptation, and Satisfaction among International Students

  16. Hajara Mahmood & Monica Galloway Burke

    Part II

    Contextual Influences on International Student Learning Experiences

  17. International Students’ Experiences Developing Leadership Capacity on Host Campuses

  18. David H. K. Nguyen

  19. Is there a difference? International students in community colleges

  20. Hugo Garcia, Jon McNaughtan, Dustin Eicke, Xinyang Li, Mi-Chelle Leong

  21. International Undergraduates Reported for Academic Integrity Violations: Is English Deficiency a Predictor Variable?

  22. Barry Fass-Holmes and Allison A. Vaughn

  23. The Study Abroad Motives of Australian University Students

  24. Steve Nerlich

  25. Headbump or Headway? American Students’ Engagement with their International Peers on Campus

  26. Uttam Gaulee

    Part III

    Rethinking International Student Wellbeing Experiences

  27. Rethinking Student Wellbeing Experiences: The Coping Strategies of Black-African International Students

  28. Denis Hyams-Ssekasi & Elizabeth Frances Caldwell

  29. International Students Mental Health: An Australian Case Study of Singaporean Students’ Perceptions

  30. Jiamin Gan and Helen Forbes-Mewett

  31. Determinants of mental health for problematic behaviors among International students in the United States

  32. Amir Bhochhibhoya & Paul Branscum

    Part IV: International Student Post-Study Experiences

  33. Post-Graduation Plans of International Students

  34. Heike C. Alberts

  35. International Students’ Experiences in the U.S.

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Krishna Bista is an Associate Professor in the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership and Policy at Morgan State University, Maryland.


The volume explores important topics pertaining to international student wellbeing, their learning, post-study and socio-cultural experiences, and represents a fascinating contribution to the growing body of literature on higher education internationalization. -Maia Chankseliani, Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education, University of Oxford, UK

The airport exit lounge is a proven gateway to excitement, adventure and learning the unexpected. In this impressive collection, Bista and colleagues demonstrate why tackling the difficulties, satisfaction and surprises of learning about foreign cultures is usually a life-changing event. –Prof. Dr. Roger Boshier, University of British Columbia, Canada

An authoritative book that offers a detailed examination of the contextual influences on international student identities and learning experiences. The compelling empirical perspectives of international student wellbeing and post-study experiences make a scholarly and critical contribution to furthering our understanding of the complexities faced by international students in their educational journeys. An essential reading for anyone concerned with and committed to enhancing international student experience.— Namrata Rao, Senior Lecturer in Education, Liverpool Hope University, UK

Global Perspectives on International Student Experiences in Higher Education: Issues and Challenges is the first book to systematically look at the challenges and issues involved for both international students and their hosts. The focus for universities has been on recruitment rather than on structural and programmatic changes that would help both students and hosts to prevent difficulties during their stay abroad. Starting with an Introductory Chapter which gives an excellent bird’s-eye view of the context and issues involved in internat