Challenges and coping strategies of East Asian graduate students in the United States
Acculturation, adjustment, challenges, coping strategies, East Asian students, international graduate students
International Social Work
This study uses qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews to explore the adjustment challenges encountered by international graduate students during their study at US universities, and the protective factors most associated with successful adjustment. Nine students from China, Korea, and Taiwan, attending a Midwestern university, participated in the study. Language barriers and discrimination were the primary challenges reported; the factors most associated with successful adjustment were personal perception, social support, strong mentoring relationships, religious belief, and use of campus services. Implications for providing effective assistance for international graduate students are discussed.
Department of Social Work
Original Publication Date
DOI of published version
UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
Park, Hyejoon; Lee, Meng Jung; Choi, Ga Young; and Zepernick, Janet S., "Challenges and coping strategies of East Asian graduate students in the United States" (2017). Faculty Publications. 891.