Needs, Expectations, and Experiences of International Students in Pathway Programs in the United States

  • Eman Elturki Washington State University
  • Yang Liu Washington State University
  • Justyna Hjeltness Washington State University
  • Kate Hellmann Washington State University
Keywords: academic challenges, graduate pathways, sociocultural factors, undergraduate pathways

Abstract

This research assesses the first cohort of pathway students’ needs and their academic and sociocultural experiences at a U.S. university. A needs analysis survey, individual student interviews, and a follow-up survey were used for data collection. Understanding lectures, completing assignments, and building social relationships with domestics were among the challenges faced by pathway students due to linguistic and cultural barriers. An additional unique challenge for this particular population of international students centered around the fact that undergraduate and graduate students tackle discipline-related courses while still refining their English skills. Additional support services to help students in pathways academically and socio-culturally are crucial.

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Author Biographies

Eman Elturki, Washington State University

EMAN ELTURKI, PhD, is the Associate Director of Curriculum and Assessment and faculty at INTO WSU. Her research interests include exploring second language development using corpus linguistics as a methodology, English language teaching and learning, and international student success. Email: eman.elturki@wsu.edu

Yang Liu, Washington State University

YANG LIU, MA, is IALC faculty at INTO WSU. Her research focuses on second language acquisition in adults and culture influence on English language learning. Email: yangl510@wsu.edu

Justyna Hjeltness, Washington State University

JUSTYNA HJELTNESS, MA, is IALC faculty at INTO WSU. Her current research interests include integration of international students into a university setting. Email: justyna.hjeltness@wsu.edu

Kate Hellmann, Washington State University

KATE HELLMANN, PhD, is the Academic Director at INTO WSU. Her research focuses on using sociocultural theory as a lens for international student success in higher education. Email: khellmann@wsu.edu

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Published
2019-01-08
How to Cite
Elturki, E., Liu, Y., Hjeltness, J., & Hellmann, K. (2019). Needs, Expectations, and Experiences of International Students in Pathway Programs in the United States. Journal of International Students, 9(1), 192-210. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v9i1.274
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Research Articles