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The International Student and Staff ‘Experience’ in the Context of Higher Education: A Multiregional Enquiry in Thailand

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tony Young


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Over four million people worldwide are studying or working in higher education institutions (HEIs) outside their country of origin, and the numbers are growing. There is, however, a lack of clarity about how this ‘internationalisation’ is actually experienced by internationally mobile staff and students, especially in contexts outside the global west. This study investigated perceptions of Thai HEIs by foreign staff and students in locations across that country. It was framed by an empirically-derived model of academic, sociocultural and psychological adjustment and adaptation (Schartner and Young, 2016). A multi-method qualitative approach incorporated thematic analysis of narrative and interview data. Results indicated broadly positive perceptions of relationships with peer groups between foreign staff and locals, but more negative perceptions of levels of practical and emotional institutional support, with communication perceived as the main impediment to successful intergroup interaction. Implications for intergroup theory in the contexts of academic migration will be discussed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Young TJ, Snoddin NS

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: European Association of Social Psychology Meeting on Intergroup Communication

Year of Conference: 2019

Print publication date: 06/07/2019

Acceptance date: 28/04/2019

Publisher: British Academy and the Thailand Research Fund