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Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference Proceedings

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Conference Proceeding

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Universities and colleges, Students -- Qatar -- Attitudes, Faculty advisors, Students -- Qatar -- Social conditions, Student adjustment, Second language acquisition


This qualitative study is part of a collaborative research effort undertaken by investigators based in the United States and Qatar to better understand Qatari student perspectives on their post-secondary adjustment and success. Here, we report findings from structured interviews with Qatari nationals studying abroad in the US, all of whom were males who were, or had recently been, undergraduates at state universities and/or community colleges in Oregon (n=21). Approximately two-thirds were in business or economics programs and about a third in STEM programs (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). Most of the interviews were conducted in Arabic and translated into English for transcription, coding, and thematic analysis (Braun & Clarke, 2006). The goal of the study described here was to augment the existing literature about international college student persistence and academic performance with a qualitative, open-ended exploration of Qatari students’ perceptions of the barriers to, and facilitators or potential facilitators of, their adjustment to college in the United States.


© 2016 Walker, Blakeslee, Khalifa, Nasser, Ikhlef, licensee HBKU Press.




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