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Learning, living and working: experiences of international postgraduate students at a Scottish university.

Barron, Paul; Baum, Tom; Conway, F


Tom Baum

F Conway


International students have, for many years, sought higher education in the United Kingdom (UK) and other major English-speaking destinations (MESDs). Recently, a combination of government initiatives, development of the higher education sector and the changes in funding of higher education in the UK have encouraged universities to give greater focus to attracting overseas students. This article presents initial findings of a longitudinal study based on the experiences of a group of international students studying 1-year master's degrees in the area of hospitality management and tourism at a Scottish university. Conducted during students' orientation period, this research aimed to identify students' initial expectations and concerns regarding their forthcoming academic experience. It was found that students were expecting the period of study to be academically challenging yet ultimately rewarding, with many students expressing concerns regarding their level of English language proficiency. Additionally, this research attempted to identify this cohort of students' concerns and issues regarding their domestic or living situation and, while many students professed to having or expecting no living issues, the concepts of being homesick and financially stretched were raised. Finally, this research examined students' plans regarding becoming involved in part-time employment while studying and it was found that almost three quarters of this cohort planed to get a part-time job during their educational experience. This article presents an initial perspective of a period of study held by one group of international master's students studying hospitality and tourism management at a Scottish university and provides the basis for ongoing research in this area.


Barron, P., Baum, T., & Conway, F. (2007). Learning, living and working: experiences of international postgraduate students at a Scottish university. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 14, 85-101. doi:10.1375/jhtm.14.2.85

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2007
Deposit Date May 7, 2008
Print ISSN 1447-6770
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Pages 85-101
Keywords International students; marketing; tourism; hospitality; higher education; UK;
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