Saudi students' expectations, motivations, and experiences at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
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This qualitative study investigated Saudi students' expectations, motivations, and experiences at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The study explored the following: First we investigated Saudi students' academic/social expectations prior to arrival at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Secondly, we explored these students' motivations in coming to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Finally, we investigated these students' experiences at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, including student/faculty interactions, interactions with their colleague male/female students, and their involvement in on- campus activities. Participants comprise four female (undergraduate) and nine male (six undergraduate/three graduate) currently enrolled students in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Each student has studied more than two years in the U.S. The constant comparative method of data analysis had been adopted by the researcher to analyze the interview data. Participants' expectations were met in most cases, and families with friends were their prime motivation to enter the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Participants' academic and social experiences were positive with few exceptions. Recommendations were made for both students and faculty in addition to further research on Saudi students' studying abroad experiences.
Saudi Arabian students -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- Attitudes
University of Wisconsin--La Crosse -- Students -- Attitudes