International Muslim Students

Challenges and Practical Suggestions to Accommodate Their Needs on Campus


  • Bateer Chen Nankai University, China
  • Humaira Tabassum Nankai University, China
  • Muhammad Aamir Saeed COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan



institutional barriers, international Muslim students, needs, university campus


In recent years there has been an increase in the enrollment of Muslim international students in higher education institutions in China. This research provides a brief overview of the issues that international Muslim students face during their campus life, such as adopting a new culture, lack of understanding from the broader university community, poor cultural or religious-responsive education, lack of accommodation for religious practices, and social isolation. This qualitative study also highlights some information about the unique needs of the Muslim students on campus and identifies areas for improvement. To overcome these issues, specific practical suggestions are given to the university administration, faculty, and staff to meet the needs of Muslim students, not only academically, but also socially and culturally.

Author Biographies

Bateer Chen, Nankai University, China

BATEER CHEN, PhD, is serving as a professor Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University, China. He has vast experience teaching at various higher education institutions. He completed his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. His research interests are in minority and indigenous education, educational management, and higher education. He is author and co-author of various books and has published various articles in well-known journals.

Humaira Tabassum, Nankai University, China

HUMAIRA TABASSUM is a doctoral student at Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University, China. Her research interests are in education management, diversity in higher education, educational innovation and management. She also has experience as an educational expert in the department of education before starting her doctoral studies.

Muhammad Aamir Saeed, COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan

MUHAMMAD AAMIR SAEED is a lecturer in the Department of Management Science, COMSATS University Islamabad, Wah Campus. He has a research interest in educational innovation, project management, and quality education. He also has experience as an educational consultant and helps educational institutions to develop curriculum.


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How to Cite

Chen, B., Tabassum, H., & Saeed, M. A. (2019). International Muslim Students: Challenges and Practical Suggestions to Accommodate Their Needs on Campus. Journal of International Students, 9(4), 933–953.



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