Away from Home: A Qualitative Exploration of Health Experiences of Nigerian Students in a U.K. University

  • Folashade T Alloh Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
  • Desiree Tait Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
  • Clare Taylor Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
Keywords: dietary issues, experience, health, Nigerian students

Abstract

This study explored the factors that contribute to the health experience of Nigerian students in the United Kingdom. Challenges faced by international students include dietary issues, isolation, stress, depression and others. Nine semi-structured interviews were conducted combination of purposive sampling and snowball sampling techniques were used to recruit participants for the study. Interviews were audio recorded, transcribed and analysed using thematic content analysis and Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) to interpret themes. Two major themes
from our findings were discussed under broad headings: Transitional changes and financial capability. These findings have practical implications for Nigerian students’ well being in a U.K. university. Cultural dimension is needed to reduce culture shock experience among international students during sojourning

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Author Biographies

Folashade T Alloh, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom

FOLASHADE ALLOH, BSc, MSc, PhD Candidate, is a postgraduate researcher at Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Bournemouth University.

Desiree Tait, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom

DESIREE TAIT, RGN, DN, DNEd, MSc Nursing, DNSc, SFHEA, is a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University

Clare Taylor, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom

CLARE TAYLOR, DipCOT, BA(Hons), PGCert, MA(Distinc), PhD, FHEA is a Senior Lecturer of occupational therapy at the faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University

Published
2018-01-01
How to Cite
Alloh, F. T., Tait, D., & Taylor, C. (2018). Away from Home: A Qualitative Exploration of Health Experiences of Nigerian Students in a U.K. University. Journal of International Students, 8(1), 1–20. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i1.149
Section
Research Articles