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Encounters with racism and the international student experience.

Brown, L. and Jones, I., 2011. Encounters with racism and the international student experience. Studies in Higher Education.

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DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2011.614940


This article makes a contribution to the existing and extensive literature on the international student experience by reporting on the incidence of racism and religious incidents experienced by international students at a university in the south of England. Out of a survey of 153 international postgraduate students, 49 had experienced some form of abuse. In most cases, this took the form of verbal abuse though racism manifested physically for nine students. Strong emotional reactions were reported, including sadness, disappointment, homesickness and anger. There was a consequent reluctance to return to the UK as a leisure tourist or to offer positive word of mouth to future students. This article offers a portrait of the reception offered to international students against a backdrop of increased racism in the UK. A link is thus made between the micro experience and macro forces. Implications of racist abuse for student satisfaction and future international student recruitment are drawn.

Item Type:Article
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:18616
Deposited By: Lorraine Brown
Deposited On:14 Oct 2011 13:09
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:40


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