Navigating through a New Academic Landscape: Challenges and Coping Strategies of International Students Studying in Pakistan

Authors

  • Anum Zia MPhil Scholar, Department of Education, University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Dr. Irfan Bashir Assistant Professor, Department of Education, University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Ravail Hassan MPhil Sociology, Forman Christan College University, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.35484/pssr.2024(8-II-S)56

Keywords:

Academic Challenges, Coping Strategies, Cross Cultural Academics, Higher Education, International Students

Abstract

This qualitative research aimed to explore the coping strategies employed by international students studying at a university in Pakistan. The primary objective was to identify the various challenges faced by these students and the strategies they used to overcome them. A case study approach was utilized to conduct an in-depth investigation. Ten international students from different countries participated in the study. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews, guided by an interview protocol. The data were then analyzed using thematic analysis. The findings revealed that the international students encountered a range of expected and unexpected challenges, including linguistic and communication difficulties, cultural adaptation issues, academic navigation and adaptation, systemic and administrative barriers, and personal and emotional resilience. To address these challenges, participants employed several strategies, such as self-management techniques and seeking external assistance. The study highlights the need for a comprehensive support system for international students in Pakistani universities to facilitate their adaptation and success.

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Published

2024-06-26

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How to Cite

Zia, A., Bashir, I., & Hassan, R. (2024). Navigating through a New Academic Landscape: Challenges and Coping Strategies of International Students Studying in Pakistan. Pakistan Social Sciences Review, 8(2), 639–649. https://doi.org/10.35484/pssr.2024(8-II-S)56