Studying abroad: A phenomenological study of lived experiences of international students in turkey

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Kılınç A. Ç., Arslan K., Polat M.

Journal of International Students, vol.10, no.4, pp.853-871, 2020 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.32674/jis.v10i4.1190
  • Journal Name: Journal of International Students
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.853-871
  • Keywords: higher education, internationalization, international students, phenomenological study, studying abroad, INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION COMPETENCE, SOCIOCULTURAL ADJUSTMENT, ADAPTATION, MOBILITY
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: No


© Journal of International Students.Internationalization trends in higher education have become a significantly accentuated issue, and student mobility is considered one of the core components. This study focuses on investigating the lived experiences of international students at a state university in Turkey using a qualitative research method and phenomenological design. The research data were collected through semi-structured interviews in order to reveal the participants’ experiences and their overall insight into studying abroad. Ten international students from various countries participated in the current study. The findings provide a rich description of the lived experiences of international students and their perceptions of studying abroad. Results of the data analysis yielded two major themes entitled “Perceptions of being an international student: What does it mean? What have they experienced?” and “The assistance and challenges they have been through during their study”.