Title

A Phenomenological Study of the International Student Experience at an American College

Location

3028

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Paper

Format Type

Paper

Start Date

13-1-2017 3:40 PM

End Date

13-1-2017 5:00 PM

Abstract

This dissertation was designed to explore and provide a better understanding of students of international background enrolled in an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at a 4-year public American college in Southeast Florida. This study utilized a qualitative phenomenological design for data collection and analysis. The qualitative research created an awareness of the social and academic experiences of international students at an American college. The researchers concluded that the types of experiences are varied among the participants from the three different world regions, yet there was a high consistency of the themes: learning and studying, perception of faculty, expedited learning, online learning, language and communication issues, and a lack of social interaction with native students.

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Interview Protocol Questions:

1. Would you please take a little time to share your personal thoughts of the American college system?

2. How would you describe your academic experience at an American college?

3. How would you describe your social experience at an American college?

4. What are some of the factors that motivate you to attend an American college?

5. Can you talk about your experiences with the challenges you encounter as an international student at an American college?

6. Based on your personal experiences, if you were going to give advice to another international student, what would you say?

7. Is there anything that I did not ask you that you would like to share with me?

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A Phenomenological Study of the International Student Experience at an American College

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This dissertation was designed to explore and provide a better understanding of students of international background enrolled in an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at a 4-year public American college in Southeast Florida. This study utilized a qualitative phenomenological design for data collection and analysis. The qualitative research created an awareness of the social and academic experiences of international students at an American college. The researchers concluded that the types of experiences are varied among the participants from the three different world regions, yet there was a high consistency of the themes: learning and studying, perception of faculty, expedited learning, online learning, language and communication issues, and a lack of social interaction with native students.