The Role of Academic Self-Confidence on Thriving among International College Students in the U.S. and Canada


  • Alexander Jones Wheaton College
  • Young Kim Azusa Pacific University



academic self-confidence, thriving, international college students


Set in the context of four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, this study examined how the level of thriving differs for international students and their domestic peers, how the level of thriving differs across various subgroups within international students, and how academic self-confidence is associated with the level of thriving for international students. Using data from the 2017 Thriving Quotient, this study found that international students were less likely to thrive during their college years than their domestic peers and that Asian international students were less likely to thrive than their international peers of other racial groups. Findings also suggested that academic self-confidence was significantly and positively related to international students’ thriving during their college years.


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