Iranian Student Experience Pursuing Admission to Universities in the United States


  • Theresa S. Hefner-Babb Lamar University, United States
  • Rezvan Khoshlessan Lamar University, United States



admissions, challenges, international, Iranian, United States, University


This qualitative phenomenological study investigated the challenges faced by Iranian students during the admissions process at a mid-size southern university in the United States. Researchers used a convenience sample from Iranian masters and doctoral degree applicants admitted for the 2015-2016 academic year. Using face-to-face interviews researchers collected responses from seven Iranian students currently in the first year of their graduate programs. The overarching question guiding the study concentrated on the challenges experienced by Iranian students during the university admissions process. Focused questions included a discussion of specific challenges faced by Iranian students. The results from the interviews led the researchers to common themes that resonated across all three focused questions and a student recommendation on ways to streamline the process.

Author Biographies

Theresa S. Hefner-Babb, Lamar University, United States

THERESA S. HEFNER-BABB, MLIS, MA, EdD, is an Associate Professor in the Library and currently serves as the accreditation liaison at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. Her major research interests lie in the area of United States history, student success, and copyright.

Rezvan Khoshlessan, Lamar University, United States

REZVAN KHOSHLESSAN, BA, MA, EdD, is coordinator for the Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement (CTLE) at Lamar University. Her research interests include higher education, international students, active and collaborative techniques, and study anxiety.




How to Cite

Hefner-Babb, T. S., & Khoshlessan, R. (2018). Iranian Student Experience Pursuing Admission to Universities in the United States. Journal of International Students, 8(4), 1926–1940.



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