Academic journal article Journal of International Students

International Student Experience in Australia

Academic journal article Journal of International Students

International Student Experience in Australia

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International Student Experience in Australia Gunawardena, H., & Wilson, R. (2012). International students at university: Understanding the Student Experience. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang, pp. 200; $72.95 (paperback), ISBN 978-3- 0343-1036-9

This book introduces a theoretical framework and research tools for evaluating the experiences of international students from the Indian subcontinent as they adapt to one university in Australia. Gunawardena and Wilson focus on the importance of understanding and molding student services to each individual cultural group and meeting specific needs based on communication, learning style, personal preferences, and grade level. For example, some English language learners have been put in classes below their grade level because of their lack of competency in English (written and spoken).

In chapter one, the authors focused on the background and cultural differences of international students studying in Australia. The authors suggest that the recognition of student needs is not fully understood therefore, the best academic support is not always available in the classroom. In chapter two, the authors suggest that the most important factor for international students is the individual and personal growth in a cultural and academic setting.

In chapter three, the authors offered examples and an extensive review of literature in the field to support the importance of integrating different cultures into a school curriculum. This integration in the curriculum provides educational benefits to domestic and international students. Another aspect this book highlights is allowing international students to use their "voice"-share their perspectives at the university with faculty and other students. …

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