Purdue University, United States
Many international students are isolated from their host national
peers and suffer loneliness and depression as a result. This study
examined faculty explanations for international graduate students'
isolation because faculty are in a unique position to observe and
interact with both international and host national students as they
spend time learning and working together within their academic
department. Faculty believed that international students' strong
ties with co-nationals, their weak English language skills, and
their lack of time to invest in friendships all played a role in
their isolation. They also identified host national students'
friendship preferences and structural barriers as contributing
factors. Faculty observations generally supported previous findings,
however, one important difference is discussed in light of differing
cultural norms regarding friendships.
International students, cross-cultural relations,
faculty, graduate students, host national students