Fear of the unknown: a pre-departure qualitative study of Turkish international students.

Brown, L. and Aktas, G., 2011. Fear of the unknown: a pre-departure qualitative study of Turkish international students. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 39 (4), pp. 339-355.

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DOI: 10.1080/03069885.2011.576314

Abstract

This paper presents findings from eleven in-depth interviews with Turkish undergraduate students, who were, by the time of data collection, about to spend a semester at a European university under the Erasmus exchange scheme. The students all agreed to be interviewed about their feelings about studying in a foreign culture, and were found to be anxious prior to departure about the quality of accommodation in the new destination, their language ability and the opportunity to form friendships. Fears were expressed about possible misconceptions over Turkey as a Muslim and a developing country. Suggestions are made for HEI interventions to allay student travellers’ concerns.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0306-9885
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
Group:School of Tourism
ID Code:17598
Deposited By:Lorraine Brown
Deposited On:12 Apr 2011 09:51
Last Modified:10 Jul 2013 15:02

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