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What to Expect? An Exploration of International Student Experience

By Meagan Mullen

Abstract

International students face particular barriers when attending higher education in the United States, some of which could be due to misguided expectations of their experiences. This research study used Expectancy Violations Theory to explore the expectations of international students in their first semester in the United States. Using semi-structured interviews, this qualitative study found that participants create expectations for academics, relationships, culture, and lifestyle, and that these expectations are either met or violated, which results in differing experiences. These expectations were created both consciously and unconsciously and were sometimes a result of information found online or learned from other people. The violations of these expectations influence the experiences participants had in the United States

Topics: Education
Publisher: ScholarWorks@GVSU
Year: 2018
OAI identifier: oai:scholarworks.gvsu.edu:theses-1877
Provided by: Scholarworks@GVSU

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