International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Challenges Faced by International Postgraduate Students during their First Year of Studies
Baharak Talebloo, Roselan Bin Baki

The purpose of this study was to identify the Challenges Faced by International Postgraduate Students during their first year of studies in university Putra Malaysia. A qualitative method was employed in the study and convenience sampling was applied. Fifteen international postgraduate students from various fields of study were interviewed. The interviews were conducted according to the principles of in-depth interview. A semi-structured interview schedule and tape recorder was used to ensure accuracy of the research. The findings indicated that the challenges faced by the international post-graduate students were classified into four categories. The challenges included problems related to facilities, social environment, academic system and international office programs. The comments made by the students could be considered by the university authorities in order to improve quality of education for international students during the first year of study.

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