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International Students at University

Understanding the Student Experience

Harshi Gunawardena and Rachel Wilson

Education of international students is central to the aims, orientation and financial viability of many universities. However, the way that culture impacts on the experiences of international students remains largely unexplored. This may be due to two factors: first, much of the previous research treats the entire international cohort as a homogeneous group without investigating the diversity of cultural backgrounds and; second, the research methods used to investigate student ‘experiences’ in universities are dominated by quantitative surveys that leave little room for exploring personal perspectives and new issues. This book higlights the cultural issues that emerge in the experiences of international students. The authors explore the Australian international tertiary education sector and focus on one cultural group. Through a culturally-sensitive theoretical framework, the experiences of students from the Indian subcontinent are given voice. The resulting personal accounts provide a platform upon which more appropriate policy, marketing, pedagogy and future research can develop to provide tertiary systems that are more responsive to the needs of students.

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231 Index Accomodation/ housing, 115 Arrival, 47, 68-73, 86, 91-92, 101, 111, 142, 188- 190 Assessment, 48, 63, 175, 196 Authors, 64, 175-176, 180- 183, 197-200 Biggs, 1, 5, 11, 15, 25-37, 44- 46, 49-55, 60, 65, 74- 75, 155, 158, 164, 187 Children, 15, 21, 42, 95, 113, 118-120, 128, 130 Conrad, 70, 84 Critical analysis, critical thinking 9, 40-41, 145, 162, 170- 174, 185, 195-196 Curriculum, 2, 33, 42-44, 51, 53- 63, 174, 179-180, 204 Data collection, 88 Diversity, 52, 54 Diversity paradigm, 52 Employment, 23-24, 98, 124- 125, 129-131, 138, 143, 161, 185, 188- 192 English language, 10, 15, 28- 32, 64-65, 74-76, 86, 163, 166, 194-195 Enrolment, 96, 109-112 Ethnicity, 7, 17, 51-53, 133 Family, 19, 21, 24, 71-72, 93, 97, 109- 113, 116-118, 129, 134-138, 140, 190-192 Fees, 19, 22, 25, 96-99, 106, 115, 150 Finance 22, 24 Food/diet, 48, 121-122 232 Gender, 50, 53, 117, 143 Homi Bhabha, 57, 65, 126, 138, 140, 168 Immigration, 24, 93 Interview, 88 Learning style, 45 Marketing, 3, 7-10, 17, 71, 97- 98, 101, 123, 149-153, 184, 202-203 Methodology, 13, 37, 89, 203 Metropolitan centre and knowledge, 58, 61, 146, 174-180 Naipaul, V.S. 68- 73, 84-86, 91, 140, 145-146 Participants, 65, 82, 88, 92-93, 97-99, 111, 113, 132- 138, 164, 183, 188- 191, 200 Pedagogy/ pedagogical, 42, 91 Permanent residency, 92, 98- 100, 137-138, 150, 153, 192, 204 Postcolonial theory, 9, 16, 42, 47, 52, 56, 71, 76, 82, 86, 143, 159, 182, 196, 203 Race, 53, 70,...

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