International graduate students’ perceptions of academic learning
Jung, Erica J.
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The number of international students in post-secondary institutions is growing, warranting an evaluation into how academic communities capitalize on the strengths and meet the needs of this unique student group. This qualitative study examined the experiences of international graduate students and the factors that influence their academic learning using a phenomenological approach. The goal of this study was to understand international student perceptions and how students draw meaning from their experiences. Yosso’s (2005) community cultural wealth model was used to ascertain what types of skills international graduate students use to effectively navigate a new educational landscape. Findings from this study indicate that better marketing paired with adequate distribution of resources and supports would be more effective in helping students navigate academic learning environments. Some recommendations include: earmarking a specific number of jobs on campus, mandatory sessions on cultural adaptation, financial assistance, and funding opportunities.