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Social Indicators Research

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 315–337 | Cite as

Satisfaction with life among international students: An exploratory study

  • David Lackland Sam
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Abstract

The study examines self-reported satisfaction with life and thefactors predicting it among 304 international students (159 malesand 145 females) at the University of Bergen, Norway. Thestudents had on the average lived 2.34 years (SD = 2.31) inNorway. The students reported on the whole good satisfactionwith life. However, students from Europe and North America wereon the whole more satisfied than their peers from Africa andAsia. It was also found that factors such as the number offriends, satisfaction with finances, perceived discrimination andinformation received prior to the foreign sojourn significantlyaffected the student's life satisfaction. The importance ofthese factors differed for students from developing and developedcountries where some paradoxical findings came out. Theseparadoxical findings may be the result of the Norwegian contextof the study. Language proficiency (with respect to host andEnglish languages), and having a host national friend did notshow significant effect on life satisfaction.

foreign/international students adaptation life satisfaction well-being 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Lackland Sam
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  1. 1.Department of Psychosocial ScienceUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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