Student and Staff Perceptions of the International Postgraduate Student Experience: A Qualitative Study of a UK University

  • Emma L. Bird University of the West of England, United Kingdom
Keywords: experiences, international students, postgraduate, qualitative research, university staff

Abstract

This study aimed to explore student and staff perceptions of academic, personal and social factors influencing the international postgraduate student experience at a UK University. Focus groups were conducted with international students enrolled in a Master in Public Health programme (n=10). An in-depth survey containing open-ended questions was completed by university staff that contribute to postgraduate teaching (n=12). Qualitative data were analysed using Thematic Analysis. Student and staff perceptions of the international postgraduate student experience were broadly similar, although some discrepancies were identified. Five themes emerged: adjustment to academic expectations; adjustment to academic conventions; programme internationalisation; adjustment to the local culture; and, future plans. Findings add to the limited evidence base on the international postgraduate student experience in UK universities

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Author Biography

Emma L. Bird, University of the West of England, United Kingdom

EMMA BIRD is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. 

Published
2017-04-01
How to Cite
Bird, E. L. (2017). Student and Staff Perceptions of the International Postgraduate Student Experience: A Qualitative Study of a UK University. Journal of International Students, 7(2), 329-346. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/384
Section
Research Articles