Leaving home

The challenges of Black-African international students prior to studying overseas

Elizabeth Caldwell, Denis Hyams-Ssekasi

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Abstract

Much of the literature on international students centres on their experiences once they arrive in their host countries. This study explores the preparations of Black-African students for leaving their home countries to study abroad. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 50 Black-African students studying at one British university. The students spoke of the complex and frustrating process of obtaining visas and applying to university abroad and the tensions they felt in leaving their communities. These pressures were extensive and impacted on their subsequent ability to adjust to life in their host institution. It seems that a greater understanding of the backgrounds of international students will enable us to develop more culturally inclusive universities.
Original languageEnglish
Article number13
Pages (from-to)558-613
Number of pages56
JournalJournal of International Students
Volume6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

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Caldwell, Elizabeth ; Hyams-Ssekasi, Denis . / Leaving home : The challenges of Black-African international students prior to studying overseas. In: Journal of International Students. 2016 ; Vol. 6, No. 2. pp. 558-613.
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