Research in Higher Education

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 491–508 | Cite as

Satisfaction with social and educational experiences among international graduate students

  • Robert Perrucci
  • Hong Hu


We undertake a quantitative analysis of the determinants of satisfaction among international graduate students at one university. We focus on satisfaction in three areas: academic program, academic appointment, and nonacademic social relationships. Determinants of satisfaction are theoretically classified as individual resources (e.g., language skills), social resources (e.g., contact with U.S. students), and social context (e.g., perceived discrimination). Multiple regression analysis reveals that academic satisfaction is most strongly related to contact with U.S. students, language skills, and perceived discrimination. Social satisfaction is linked with marital status, language skills, perceived discrimination, and contact with U.S. students. Students' gender, grades, aspirations, and financial situation had no relation to satisfaction.


Regression Analysis Quantitative Analysis Marital Status Multiple Regression Analysis Graduate Student 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Perrucci
    • 1
  • Hong Hu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Winthrop E. Stone HallPurdue UniversityWest Lafayette

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