The experience of postgraduate international students in a London university

Sergio GALDAMES, Sin Manw Sophia LAM

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In a context of growing internationalization of the higher education in the UK, with 46% of students studying at postgraduate level are from outside the EU.
This presentation aims to report the journey of international master students doing research at a university in London. The objective of the study is to investigate the learning process of a diverse group of international students (n=30), most of them Asians and Latin-Americans, focusing on the research components of various master programs in 2017. A qualitative approach is adopted, including semi-structured interviews, focus groups and, questionnaires. The findings indicated that context is key, as international students not only encountered difficulties in language but also in conducting an empirical work in a new setting. In particular, there is a mismatch between their expectations and skills, and the pedagogical approach of the university. for teaching and equipping international students to conduct research in the Implications UK are discussed. Copyright © 2018 UCL Education Conference.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018
EventUCL Education Conference 2018 - University College London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 Apr 201817 Apr 2018


ConferenceUCL Education Conference 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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Galdames, S., & Lam, S. (2018, April). The experience of postgraduate international students in a London university. Paper presented at the UCL Education Conference 2018, University College London, London, UK.


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