Developing essential networks as a source of community for international postgraduate students
Faculty of Pro Vice Chancellor Research
Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Research
This paper links to the topic of embedding quality through development of internal communities. International postgraduate students occupy a critical space in the outcomes bound to extending international links. These students will occupy positions of status within their home communities and their experiences will reflect on the host community. Optimising their study experiences provides scope for benefits received by the host nation, the student and future development of intercultural exchange and cooperation. However, international students are likely to feel effects of transition issues quite sharply and it is important to investigate carefully the dimensions which positively and negatively affect their experiences. We conducted in-depth interviews (n = 23) with a sub-sample representation of international postgraduate students to examine how aspects of community can interact with their positive transition experiences.