Chinese international students have been the largest growing number of international students on U.S. college and university campuses for the last ten years. However, there is minimal research literature that pertains to Chinese international students’ experiences on U.S. campuses and currently no research literature that reflects the entirety of their experience studying in the U.S. The purpose of this phenomenological qualitative study was to give a voice to Chinese international students who are preparing for the university-to-work transition to better understand their experiences as international students in the United States, specifically the types of transitional stressors they experienced and how they coped with these stressors. Five major themes and the essence of the participants emerged from the data analysis and are presented, discussed, and implication for campus based mental health professionals are provided.
Chinese International Students, Transition, Phenomenology, Optimism
Special thanks to Jesse C. Starkey, Alexis L. Croffie, and Jessica R. Jones. Without your hard work, inspiration, and dedication this work is not possible.
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Lertora, I. M., & Sullivan, J. (2019). The Lived Experiences of Chinese International Students Preparing for the University-To-Work Transition: A Phenomenological Qualitative Study. The Qualitative Report, 24(8), 1877-1896. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol24/iss8/5