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Coping with stress: the perspective of international students

Sovic, Silvia (2008) Coping with stress: the perspective of international students. Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 6 (3). pp. 145-158. ISSN 1474-273X

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Sovic, Silvia

This study explores how stress is experienced by international students in the creative arts at the University of the Arts, London. 141 students from six geographical areas were interviewed in their own language by social science postgraduates from various institutions within the University of London. The findings are in line with those of much current work on international students generally, though some are specific to the creative arts. While problems connected with language are the most widespread cause of stress, other less obvious issues are also important. Alongside the well-known phenomenon of 'culture shock' is what has been called 'academic shock' or 'study shock' - the difficulties of transition to a different system of teaching and learning, and of integration with peers and communication with tutors (which might also be described as 'social shock'). The problems experienced by international students are not all peculiar or specific to them, but such students, a long way from their own cultural, social and linguistic environment, are more likely to feel the cumulative nature of the potential difficulties to which they are exposing themselves by studying abroad.

Official Website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/adch.6.3.145_1
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: stress, international students, creative arts
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Other Affiliations > Creative Learning in Practice (CLIP) / Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
Date: May 2008
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1386/adch.6.3.145_1
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2011 11:55
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2015 05:41
Item ID: 4924
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/4924

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