International Students' Cocurricular Involvement at a University in South Africa

  • Sapna Naik Michigan State University, United States
  • Matthew R. Wawrzynski Michigan State University, United States
  • Joelle Brown Indiana University, United States
Keywords: cocurricular involvement, international students, South Africa, student engagement

Abstract

Despite a growing body of literature on international student involvement, international students in the South African context have remained understudied. In this quantitative study, we examined international students’ cocurricular involvement and associated learning and development in a South African university. Participants included 198 international students who completed the Student Experiences Survey (SES). We found international students were generally highly involved and reported benefits and barriers to their involvement as well as a strong sense of belonging. Recommendations to better integrate international students into the university by minimizing barriers and increasing opportunities and learning in involvement are included for student affairs practitioners.

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Author Biographies

Sapna Naik, Michigan State University, United States

SAPNA NAIK, M.Ed., is a doctoral student in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program at the College of Education at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the experiences of international students.

Matthew R. Wawrzynski, Michigan State University, United States

MATTHEW R. WAWRZYNSKI, PhD, is associate professor and director for the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program at Michigan State University. His research focuses on the college environment and its influence on learning and outcomes. 

Joelle Brown, Indiana University, United States

JOELLE BROWN, MA, is a scholar advisor in the Office of International Services at Indiana University. She was a master’s student in Michigan State University’s Student Affairs Administration program while working on this study. 

Published
2017-10-01
How to Cite
Naik, S., Wawrzynski, M. R., & Brown, J. (2017). International Students’ Cocurricular Involvement at a University in South Africa. Journal of International Students, 7(4), 990-1009. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/186
Section
Research Articles