International Undergraduate Students Coping With Challenges at a Private Faith-Based University

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International Student Mobility and Opportunities for Growth in the Global Marketplace, ISSN: 2326-8905, Page: 160-173

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Renaude Etienne Saint-Phard; Gustavo Gregorutti
IGI Global
Higher Education
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Current research shows that international students confront multifaceted challenges in their host country. However, most of the studies conducted do not give a voice nor do they explore these students' coping strategies. This qualitative study aimed to explore the cultural, linguistic, curricular, and financial experiences of 10 international undergraduate students and their coping strategies at a Midwest university. The Bronfenbrenner's bio-ecological model of human development and the Australian resilience international student education (RISE) theories guided this study to facilitate an interpretative and naturalistic approach and understandings of the coping phenomenon. The findings implied that the overwhelming majority of the participants confronted various challenges and coped with them because of their resilience through their faith in God, motivation, determination, and community support. This study may help to increase student retention improving services to international students. It provides the bases to policies development to advance better insertion of international students.