Peer Support for International Doctoral Students in Managing Supervision Relationships


  • Sherrie Lee University of Waikato, New Zealand



doctoral supervision relationships, international students, peer support, student advocacy


Doctoral education is based on a pedagogical model of apprenticeship where the expert, the more experienced academic, advises or mentors the student. Scholars have recognized the challenges of doctoral supervision due to the intense and individualized nature of the relationship. Based on the author’s personal experiences as a doctoral student and a student advocate at a university in New Zealand, this article highlights the challenges that international doctoral students face with regard to navigating the supervision relationship. The article discusses how student advocacy and peer support played an important role in resolving issues. The article concludes that peer networks are important resources for international doctoral students to make informed decisions regarding complex issues related to doctoral supervision.

Author Biography

Sherrie Lee, University of Waikato, New Zealand

SHERRIE LEE is a PhD candidate at the University of Waikato. Her doctoral research uses the concept of brokering to explore how international students at a New Zealand university seek help with their academic learning from peers and significant others. 




How to Cite

Lee, S. (2017). Peer Support for International Doctoral Students in Managing Supervision Relationships. Journal of International Students, 7(4), 1096–1103.



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