The Experiences of African Graduate Students in a College of Human Sciences
International students are an integral part of graduate education. This research examined the experiences of African graduate students in a College of Human Sciences in the Midwestern region of the United States. Given the research that states international students face specific challenges when studying in the United States, this study sought to examine the experiences of African graduate students receiving advanced degrees. This research used a qualitative research design. Students cited opportunities to grow academically and professionally as primary reasons for study in the United States. Challenges included difficulties balancing responsibilities and lack of culturally familiar resources. Results from this study will be useful to academicians and school administrators attempting to better enhance international, specifically African, graduate student experiences.
This article is from Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, 2006, 24(1); 63-69. Posted with permission.