Higher Education

, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 33–46 | Cite as

International students: a vulnerable student population

  • Mark SherryEmail author
  • Peter Thomas
  • Wing Hong Chui


This study examines the experiences of international students at The University of Toledo, where international students comprise approximately 10% of the student population. It highlights problems international students experience such as adapting to a new culture, English language problems, financial problems and lack of understanding from the broader University community. Recommendations for improvement include initiatives to raise the profile of international students, improved financial assistance and scholarships, and creating opportunities for international students to improve their spoken English skills.


International students Cultural barriers Financial problems English language fluency Social exclusion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyThe University of ToledoToledoUSA
  2. 2.International Student ServicesThe University of ToledoToledoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Social Work and Social AdministrationThe University of Hong KongHong KongPeople’s Republic of China

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