From Riyadh to Portland: The Study Abroad Experiences of Five Saudi Arabian Female Students

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Kampman, Dana
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education; Education; International and Comparative Education; Student Counseling and Personnel Services
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The number of Saudi Arabian students enrolled in college and university programs in other countries is increasing. This paper reports on a qualitative research project conducted with five female Saudi college students enrolled in a summer program at Portland State University. It examines how notions of culture can explain the source of the challenges that the students faced and how they overcame these challenges. Implications for pre-departure orientation and on-site support are presented and discussed.