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Enhancing the work placement experience of international students: towards a support framework.

Goodwin, K. and Mbah, M., 2019. Enhancing the work placement experience of international students: towards a support framework. Journal of further and higher education, 43 (4), 521-532.

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DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2017.1377163


This article reports the findings from an institutional case study into the work placement experience of undergraduate international students studying at a UK based university. Given the centrality and importance of the employability and internationalisation agendas in Higher Education (HE), little published literature considers both and how they impact upon the work placement experience of international students. With past increases in international student recruitment numbers and the drive for students, regardless of their nationality to gain work experience, there is a need for institutions to better understand work placement from the international students’ perspective. Findings revealed challenges exist finding and securing work placement, with critical themes emerging to include placement information, visa rules, culture differences, prior work experience, academic preparation for placement and academic writing ability. A support framework is proposed to assist institutions to consider how they could align their practices to meet international students’ work placement and employability needs.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Work Placement; International Students; Higher Education
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:29664
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:06 Sep 2017 12:15
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:06


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