EXPERIENCES OF INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE AND POST-GRADUATE STUDENTS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM: THE PROBLEMS, EXPECTATIONS AND SUGGESTIONS OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

Cihat ATAR, Cahit ERDEM, Mehmet KOÇYİĞİT

Abstract


The aim of this study is to define the problems, expectations, and suggestions of graduate and post-graduate international students at Newcastle University, the UK. Internationalization has recently become the trend and a major component in the current and future graduate education throughout the world. Consequently, studying this area in a country, the UK, which has a long experience of international education will be a considerable contribution to the field. In this study, problems, expectations and suggestions for solutions mentioned by international students studying at Newcastle University are examined. This is a qualitative and descriptive survey research. For data collection, snowball sampling method is used. The sample consists of 21 voluntary students studying at Newcastle University in the academic year of 2014-2015. A semi-structured interview form prepared by the researchers is used as the data collection tool. 8 questions are directed to the sample group. The questions are prepared in English. Descriptive analysis method is used for data analysis. The findings of this study have implications for internalization in developing countries, understanding the internalization of education, the expectations of students doing graduate and post-graduate studies and the effect of the facilities in a city on university choices.

*This study was supported by a BAP scholarship (Project No: S-BEK-2017-1047) granted by Istanbul Medeniyet University.


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