Problems and Stress among Students in an International Campus

By Yoong Hon Lee.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus welcomed its first students in September 2000 thus becoming the first ever branch campus of a UK university abroad. Being a global institution, the campus inevitably serves an international community of students. However, international students often face many problems in a new academic and social environment. This paper reports on the course-related and non-course related problems of Nottingham Business school students. It also looks at the issue of students’ “social adjustments”, “university experience enjoyment” and “stress levels” studying at the university. Both the international and local students acknowledged that English is a crucial factor in their life at the university. Meanwhile, international students experienced greater difficulties in settling in (adjustments) and socializing although “university experience enjoyment” and “stress” saw little difference. Finally, a binary logistic regression was performed and gender was found to be a significant factor for stress while student origin was unsurprisingly, a significant factor for “adjustment”, “socialization” and “university experience enjoyment”, with the locals having the upper hand compared with the international students.

Keywords: English Proficiency, Course-related Problems, Non-course Related Problems, University Life, Binary Logistic Regression

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp.361-380. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.243MB).

Dr Yoong Hon Lee

Assistant Professor, Business Economics, Business School, University of Nottingham, Semenyih, Selangor, Malaysia

I am an Economics lecturer at the Nottingham Busines School which is under the Faculty of Social Science which is a part of the University of Nottingham, Malaysia campus. I love my profession, which is mostly about teaching and doing research. Currently, my research work deals a lot on efficiency and productivity analysis of utilities. Having said that, I also enjoy teaching immensely and being in a role where I can lecture and inspire young people and help them tap their fullest potential. It gives me a lot of pride being in this line of work. The paper that I am presenting is one that looks into the many problems of international students at the campus that I work in, which is incidentally, a foreign (British) university that is located in Malaysia. To me, it’s an interesting and useful topic as many people are unaware of the various problems (both academic and non-academic) that are plaguing many students (especially international ones)thus it may be crucial to uncover the extent of such problems so that the relevant school personnel can look into them.

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