Japanese Exchange Students’ Academic and Social Struggles at an American University

Authors

  • Takahiro Sato Kent State University, United States
  • Samuel R. Hodge The Ohio State University, United States

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v5i3.417

Keywords:

Japanese, international students, academic and social experiences, exchange students, struggles

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify and analyze the views of exchange students from Asia about their academic and social experiences at an American university. The participants were eight exchange students from Japan (four men and four women). This study was descriptive-qualitative (Patton, 2002). The data sources were a demographic survey and two semi-structured interviews conducted during the participants’ study abroad sojourn. The interview data were analyzed using the constant comparative method (Merriam, 1998). The emergent themes were (a) social distance contributes to academic struggles, (b) collectivism positioned against individualism, (c) isolation in group discussions, and (d) professors’ negativity. We include recommendations aimed at improving international students’ academic and social experiences at American universities.

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Author Biographies

Takahiro Sato, Kent State University, United States

TAKAHIRO SATO, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in School of Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum Studies at Kent State University, Kent, OH. His scholarship and research focuses on multicultural physical education, inclusion in sport, and diversity in higher education.

Samuel R. Hodge, The Ohio State University, United States

SAMUEL R. HODGE, Ph.D., is a Professor in Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. His scholarship and research focuses on social justice pedagogies, diversity, disability in physical education, and diversity in higher education.

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Published

2015-07-01

How to Cite

Sato, T., & Hodge, S. R. (2015). Japanese Exchange Students’ Academic and Social Struggles at an American University. Journal of International Students, 5(3), 208–227. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v5i3.417

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Research Articles