Phenomenological Study of Lived Experiences of International Students in Turkey

Keywords: internationalization, international students, phenomenological study, study abroad, higher education

Abstract

Internationalization trends in higher education have become a significantly accentuated issue and student mobility is considered as one of the core components of internationalization in higher education. This study focuses on investigating the lived experiences of international students at a state university in Turkey using qualitative research method and phenomenological design. The research data were collected through semi-structured interviews in order to reveal the participants’ experiences and their overall insight into studying abroad. 10 international students from various countries in accordance with the maximum variation sampling technique participated in the current study. The findings provide a rich description of the lived experiences of international students regarding their perceptions of studying abroad. Results of the data analysis yielded two major themes entitled “Perceptions of being an international student: What does it mean? What have they experienced?” and “The assistance and challenges they have been through during their study”.

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Author Biographies

Ali Çağatay Kılınç, Karabuk University, Turkey

ALI ÇAĞATAY KILINÇ, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Sciences at Karabuk University, Turkey. He received his PhD from the Department of Educational Sciences, Division of Educational Administration, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey in 2013. His research focus is on educational leadership, school improvement, teacher learning and practices, and internationalization of higher education.

Kürşat Arslan, Karabuk University, Turkey

KÜRŞAT ARSLAN, MA, is a lecturer in the School of Foreign Languages at Karabuk University. Currently he is a PhD student in the department of Educational Administration at Gazi University. He has a particular research interest in educational administration, organizational leadership, higher education studies and internationalization of higher education.

Mustafa Polat, Karabuk University, Turkey

MUSTAFA POLAT, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Foreign Language at Karabuk University. He received his PhD from the Department of Educational Sciences, Division of Curriculum and Instruction, Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Turkey in 2019. His research interests lie in curriculum, instruction, foreign language teaching, language anxieties, effective learning, and internationalization of higher education.

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Published
2020-11-15
How to Cite
Kılınç, A. C., Arslan, K., & Polat, M. (2020). Phenomenological Study of Lived Experiences of International Students in Turkey. Journal of International Students, 10(4), 853-871. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v10i4.1190
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Research Articles