The transition experiences of direct entrants from overseas higher education partners into UK universities

Quan, Rose, Smailes, Joanne and Fraser, Walter (2013) The transition experiences of direct entrants from overseas higher education partners into UK universities. Teaching in Higher Education, 18 (4). pp. 414-426. ISSN 1356-2517

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2012.752729

Abstract

This two-year study was conducted to explore the experience of international direct-entry students making the transition from overseas higher education partners to a UK University. Using mainly qualitative data from forum discussion, focus-group interviews and face-to-face interviews with students and staff, we document how international direct-entry students cope with academic and social anxieties during their transition. The findings reveal that there are some similarities, such as language issues, which are experienced by most international students. However, this study has highlighted a distinguishing factor for direct-entry students which relates to the use of intra-networks to overcome their social anxieties. The exploratory analysis also indicates that international students entering directly into an academic programme at a later study stage face a steep learning curve and require additional support to adapt quickly to a UK educational system.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: transition, direct entrants, international students, higher education
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2013 16:03
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2016 13:19
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/11733

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