International students’ transition experiences in rural Texas: A phenomenological study

Ian M. Lértora, Richard C. Henriksen, Jesse Starkey, Chi Sing Li

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Due to the growth in the number of international students attending universities in Texas and the need to provide appropriate counseling services to them, nine international students were interviewed about their experiences of transitioning from their home country to college in rural Texas. The authors employed the transcendental phenomenological approach to qualitative research (Moustakas, 1994) which allowed for the following seven emergent themes were identified that described the participants’ experiences: American TV; Knowing Someone; Like a Movie; Everybody Saying Hi; Transportation is Inconvenient; I Miss Noodles; and Being Optimistic. The emergent themes provided the basis for implications and recommendations for counseling services with the international student populations. Implications and recommendations for counselors on college campuses include, but are not limited to: actively collaborating with international student services, participating in new international student orientation services, and developing preemptive approaches to assisting international student during their transitions The authors make recommendations for further qualitative research and focus groups inquiries should be conducted by college counselors to better inform outreach services, for campus counseling and career service center, directed at assisting international students during their numerous transitions (Lértora et al., 2017).

Original languageEnglish
Article number13
Pages (from-to)1989-2005
Number of pages17
JournalQualitative Report
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 24 2017


  • International students
  • Phenomenology
  • Social integration
  • Transition


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