International Students’ Confidence and Academic Success

  • Nicola Miky Telbis University of North Dakota, United States
  • Lars Helgeson University of North Dakota, United States
  • Cheryl Kingsbury University of North Dakota, United States
Keywords: international students, confidence, campus resources, academic success

Abstract

Research shows that the international student population is showing significant growth. This article deals with issues affecting a growing international student population. Studies show that foreign students are encountering difficulties in social adaptability, language barriers, academic ability, and financial need. There is evidence that a correlation exists among a sense of self-efficacy and each of these four issues. This study includes quantitative analysis of 137 students’ responses to a questionnaire addressing each of these issues that constitute their total resources. Data show that international students attending a mid-western university who scored high on confidence levels in completing their programs of study also scored high on the confidence of their resources. Analysis revealed that students who scored low in confidence for completing their programs of study also scored low on their confidence of these four aforementioned issues.

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Author Biographies

Nicola Miky Telbis, University of North Dakota, United States

Dr. Nicola M. Telbis is a certificate-seeking student at the University of North Dakota Department Of Special Education. He works with students with special needs at Midway Public School District in Inkster, ND. His intercontinental experience contributes toward better understanding the needs of international students. 

Lars Helgeson, University of North Dakota, United States

Dr. Lars Helgeson, professor, works in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of North Dakota (UND).

Cheryl Kingsbury, University of North Dakota, United States

Dr. Cheryl Kingsbury works in the TRIO program at UND assisting students to improve language and academic skills. 

Published
2014-10-01
How to Cite
Telbis, N. M., Helgeson, L., & Kingsbury, C. (2014). International Students’ Confidence and Academic Success. Journal of International Students, 4(4), 330-341. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/452
Section
Research Articles