Understanding Indian International Student Experience in the United States

  • Prashanti Chennamsetti Texas A & M University
  • Krishna Bista Morgan State University
Keywords: Minority students, Indian international students, adjustment, interpersonal relations, phenomenology, Asian international students, individual factors

Abstract

Currently, over 196,271 Indian international students are attending American colleges and universities. These students, similar to other ethnic minority student populations, encounter various challenges while studying overseas. This article focuses on two central questions, (1) How do individual factors (e.g., personality traits) of Indian international students aid in their adjustment in the U.S? (2) Can these individual factors be acquired? Seven Indian international students currently studying in a U.S. university were interviewed. Data were analyzed using phenomenological methodology. The findings identified ten individual themes that aided in adjustment and reported how these factors can be acquired by adapting certain cognitive and behavioral aspects. This study reflects the limitations, implications, and future research.

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Author Biographies

Prashanti Chennamsetti , Texas A & M University

PRASHANTI CHENNAMSETTI holds a PhD in Educational Administration and Human Resources from Texas A&M University.
She served as an adjunct faculty at WKU-Owensboro. She is passionate about conducting Needs Assessment using phenomenological methodology. Her research interests also include international student learning and adjustment in higher education, workplace learning, impact of positive thinking, and factors that impact employee productivity and satisfaction. She was selected as a Gallup International Positive Psychology fellow with faith in her ability to bring positive change in people’s lives, workplaces, schools, and communities. Email: prashantichennamsetti@gmail.com

Krishna Bista, Morgan State University

KRISHNA BISTA , Ed. D, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership and Policy at Morgan State University. His research focuses on college student experiences related to classroom participation, perceptions of academic integrity, faculty-student relationships, role of advisors, and cross-cultural teaching and learning strategies in higher education. Previously, Dr. Bista served as the director of Global Education at the University of Louisiana at Monroe,

where he was Chase Endowed Professor of Education in the School of Education. Email: krishna.bista@morgan.edu

Published
2019-12-30