Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges of International Students


Michael Allison (Editor)

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU020000

Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges of International Students opens with a focus on Taiwanese international students by defining the Taiwanese within historical and political context, providing an overview of the trends in studying abroad, as well as a literature review on Taiwanese international students’ adjustment process.

Following this, the authors present an argument for integrating psychological, social and academic perspectives, highlighting the interrelation between these domains in empirical data collected using a new, integrated measure of students’ academic, social and psychological adjustment.

Using a multi-university sample, the subsequent chapter presents a study of how types of emotional support play a role in how young Chinese international students’ experience academic stresses.

In the penultimate study, in order to investigate students’ expectations and experiences when studying abroad, a group of outbound exchange students at Umeå University, Sweden, were surveyed before and after the experience of studying in a foreign country.

In the concluding paper, the authors examine the challenges faced by international students in integrating into computer science programs at various institutions, identifying differences in student and faculty perceptions.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Through the Lens of Indigenous Psychology to a Taiwanese International Bicultural Model
(Lei Wang, Shao-Jung ‘Stella’ Ko and Brian TaeHyuk Keum, Graduate Psychology Program, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, and others)

Chapter 2. Integrated Perspectives on Academic, Social and Psychological Adjustment among International Students
(Sarifah Nurhanum Syed Sahuri and Rachel Wilson, Faculty of Major Language Studies, Islamic Science University of Malaysia, Nilai, Malaysia, and others)

Chapter 3. Emotional Supports and Academic Stresses among Young Chinese International Students
(Xi Lin, Shu Su and Alyssa McElwain, Department of Interdiciplinary Professions, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, US, and others)

Chapter 4. Great Expectations of Studying Abroad: Exchange Students from Umeå University, Sweden
(Per A. Nilsson, Kerstin Westin and Dieter K. Müller, Department of Geography, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden, and others)

Chapter 5. Exploring Challenges Faced by International Students in Computer Science Programs: Towards Understanding the Student Perspective
(Michael J. Oudshoorn, Alison Clear, Janet Carter, Leo Hitchcock, Janice L. Pearce and Joseph A. Abandoh-Sam, High Point University, High Point, NC, US, and others)


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