• Comparing the experience of Chinese and West African students at a British university: findings from a survey.

      Bailey, Carol (Southampton Solent University, 2006)
      This report presents some of the findings from a survey undertaken over the academic year 2005/6 at the University of Wolverhampton, with the aim of discovering as much as possible, from a range of perspectives, about the experience of international students at the University. To limit the scope of the investigation, the survey focussed on three nationalities/regions: a mature and well-researched market (mainland China), and two emerging and little-researched markets (India and West Africa, i.e. Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon). Because no Indian students were available for interview, this paper gives the findings for Chinese and West African students only.
    • Finding a new voice: challenges facing international (and home!) students writing university assignments in the UK.

      Bailey, Carol; Pieterick, Jackie (University of Wolverhampton, 2008)
      With the globalisation of education, European universities are accepting increasing numbers of students from outside the EU. Some of these have experienced very different academic cultures from that of their host university, and may face difficulties in adapting to the requirements of their new institution. Even within Europe, academic cultures may vary enormously. One challenge which faces all those studying outside their home country is the task of writing academic essays: often in a foreign language and according to unfamiliar criteria. This paper draws on students’ reflections about the academic writing process in their first year at a UK university, exploring areas where the transition from their previous learning environment presents a challenge. It compares the previous experience of home and international students with respect to length and frequency of written assignments, research and organisation of ideas, language and referencing of sources. What is the best way to support them through the transition, and are we doing enough?
    • Mobility patterns of Asian students: the case of tourism and hospitality management students in the UK

      Rahimi, Roya; Akgunduz, Yılmaz; Koseoglu, Mehmet Ali; Okumus, Fevzi (Taylor & Francis, 2018-03-09)
      This study aims to investigate the driving forces of Asian students to study tourism and hospitality in the United Kingdom (UK) at three stages, including: (1) choice of a foreign country, (2) selecting the UK as the host country, and (3) undertaking tourism and hospitality courses. We collected data using questionnaires, distributing among tourism and management students attending a major higher education provider in the UK. The findings identified subgroups of push and pull factors that explain the movement patterns of Asian students toward studying tourism and hospitality in the UK. Using a mathematical equation, this study revealed that “seeking a better life,” “the nature of the program,” and “external influences” significantly impact students’ movements.
    • Supporting international students in UK Higher Education: key issues, and recommendations for further research

      Bailey, Carol (University of Wolverhampton, 2006)
      The aim of this review is to give as full a picture as possible of the issues which affect international students on taught courses in the UK. By ‘international students’ I mean all students who are domiciled outside the UK, including EU students, who are often treated differently in the literature. Because one of the criticisms of existing research is that it lacks insight into the political, economic and organisational context (Pelletier 2003), this review begins with an overview of UK HE policies over the past 3 decades which have impacted on the way institutions perceive and deal with international students. The second section outlines non-academic issues which may affect international students’ academic performance, well-being, and satisfaction with their experience of UK HE. The third and main section of the review deals with the academic challenges which face international students. Finally, I make some recommendations for future research. This review is accompanied by a small-scale survey of international students at the University of Wolverhampton, and references to this are made in the footnotes where appropriate. Owing to limitations of space and time, I have chosen to focus primarily on UK-based studies. We are however far behind our New World counterparts regarding pedagogical research into international student affairs.