Saudi International Students’ Perceptions of Their Transition to the UK and the Impact of Social Media

  • Anas AlsuhaibaniEmail author
  • Andrew CoxEmail author
  • Frank HopfgartnerEmail author
  • Xin ZhaoEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 12051)


In their transition to a new country, international students often feel lost, anxious or stressed. Saudi students in the UK in particular may face further challenges due to the cultural, social and religious differences that they experience. There is a lot of evidence that social media play a crucial role in this experience. By interviewing 12 Saudi students from different cities in the UK, the aim of this study is to investigate how they perceive their transition to the UK and how social media is involved. The analysis indicates that Saudi students’ perceptions of transition tend to fall in to one of two markedly different camps. Some students see transition as an opportunity to detach themselves from their home country and to engage with the new society. Those students turn to social media as a tool allowing them to build bridges with the new society. Other students feel less enthusiastic to make a full engagement with the UK society. Those students find social media as a good tool to maintain connections and links with family and friends in their home country.


International students’ transition Study abroad Social media Saudi international students 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Information SchoolUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.Department of Information Systems, College of Computer Engineering and SciencesPrince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz UniversityAl-KharjSaudi Arabia

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