Common Problems Faced by International Students in the UK

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In the last few years, studying abroad has become an increasingly popular choice for higher education among international students (Accessibility Navigation, 2014). An average of 10% of students in universities all across the UK are international students from countries all over the world. (Accessibility Navigation, 2014). Although the experience is different for each individual student, there are many common problems that international students face. Those problems include: culture shock to varying degrees coupled with emotional issues(Bailey, 2005), Language barriers along with other communication problems (Sherry et al, 2009), and academic problems due to a change in school curriculum (Ramachandran, 2011). This essay will expand on the…show more content…
It can be argued that if international students are given accurate information on what to expect, the culture shock can be minimised or avoided(Sherry et al, 2009). Instead of limiting the orientation experience to getting a geographical and academic feel of the campus, the students should also be given the opportunity to have a supervised cultural feel of their new country of study (Turner, 2009). Another solution that has been suggested is that the institution organise more formalised social interaction (Sherry et al, 2009). Instead of leaving students solely to their own devices where making new friends and meeting people in their new community is involved, the institution can organise events and activities that group students from different parts of the world together (Sherry et al, 2009). A common suggestion is that social clubs be put in place to bridge the gap between international students and other students on campus. One main focus of these social clubs would be to improve the social interaction and verbal communication skills of international students (Sherry et al, 2009). The social clubs could also be a way for the international students to overcome the language barrier (Sherry et al, 2009). Feedback and past data from international students on the steps taken by the institution to promote integration could also be helpful in setting precedent for other action to stem from (Sherry et al, 2009).
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