The accommodation challenges of international students

Duangpracha, K 2012, The accommodation challenges of international students, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University.


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Title The accommodation challenges of international students
Author(s) Duangpracha, K
Year 2012
Abstract In recent years, the number of international students has grown sharply in Australian higher education institutions; and trade in education services has brought substantial benefits to Australia. International students make a significant contribution to their host universities and to society as a whole.

Although studying abroad offers benefits to international students, leaving their home country and achieving a degree in another language also carries with it a range of difficulties, including those associated with finding suitable accommodation.

This research explores (and seeks to explain) the ways in which international students attempt to manage the various accommodation challenges that they face. The primary research question addressed by this research is:

In what ways does the interplay between self-leadership, self-efficacy and university provided support; help to explain the differences between those international students who effectively manage the challenges of accommodation and those who do not?

The thinking behind that research question is that perhaps those who cope more effectively are more self-responsible, autonomous and capable social agents (as Neoliberalism suggests). Alternatively, it could be that international students, when it comes to accommodation, find themselves in situations where what matters primarily is not their capacity for self-responsibility, but is instead the availability of external resources such as finance, or social support, or accurate and comprehensive information (as Welfarism suggests). Or rather than seeing the Neoliberal and the Welfarist characterizations of international students as two sides of a competing dualism, it could be that both internal and external resources matter, and there is an interplay between those resources – an interplay that can be understood and used to explain differences in how effectively individual students manage the challenges of accommodation.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Graduate School of Business and Law
Keyword(s) International student
accommodation
self-leadership theory
self-efficacy theory
social support
stress
coping
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