Qualitative Study on Chinese Students’ Perception of U.S. University Life

  • Xiaokang Tang University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, United States
  • Daniel Collier University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
  • Allison Witt University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, United States
Keywords: Chinese students, international students, policy, higher education, qualitative research

Abstract

This qualitative research was conducted on Chinese international students preparing to study in the United States about their expectation and perception of American universities. It explored motivation for pursuing degrees in the United States, expectations of life in the United States, and plans post-graduation. Findings suggest that these students foresee U.S. classes to be rigorous due to two notable barriers: English proficiency issue and difference in learning environment. Furthermore, the students promoted desires to build relationships with domestic students but already internalized beliefs that this action was unlikely. They presumed that most networking would occur with co-nationals due to comfort and ease. Finally, parental expectations emerged as a significant factor that influence Chinese international students’ desire to study in the United States and post-graduation plans.

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Author Biographies

Xiaokang Tang, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, United States

XIAOKANG TANG currently is a PhD student at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Xiaokang’s main research interest is focused on the role international students play in the internationalization of U.S. higher education, how international students adapt to their new life in the U.S. campuses, and what are some practices institutions perform to improve international students’ experience. 

Daniel Collier, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States

DANIEL COLLIER, PhD, is a recent alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and current post-doctoral research associate at the Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. Daniel researches higher education policy & politics, how motivation and external factors (e.g. finances) influence student persistence, and how student loan debt affects post-college beliefs, behaviors, and health.

Allison Witt, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, United States

ALLISON WITT, PhD, is the Director of International Programs in the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she teaches Global Studies in Education and is the Program Leader for the International Education Administration and Leadership program. She is the author of Shifting Tides in Global Higher Education (2011) published by Peter Lang.

Published
2018-01-01
How to Cite
Tang, X., Collier, D., & Witt, A. (2018). Qualitative Study on Chinese Students’ Perception of U.S. University Life. Journal of International Students, 8(1), 151–178. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i1.158
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Research Articles