According to my literature review and my reflection of its meaning, few studies have been conducted that explore the adjustment and acculturation experiences of female international students in US colleges and universities specifically on Saudi female students. Therefore, this study explored the academic and socio-cultural experiences of Saudi female students before and after arriving in the US. Furthermore, this study identified the sources of acculturative stress and Saudi female students' successful strategies for coping with these stressors. Eight Saudi female students participated in one-on-one semi-structured interviews and Moustakas' (1994) transcendental phenomenology was utilized in analyzing students' voices. During the data analysis process, there were five themes that emerged from the data, including sociocultural expectations and issues, motivation for studying abroad, challenges, coping strategies, and adaptation. The results of this study provided recommendations for American and Saudi higher education administrators and faculty concerning how to help Saudi female students adjust to American culture and campus life and provide appropriate academic environments for this growing population.
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Cintron Delgado, Rosa
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Education and Human Performance
Education; HIgher Education
Length of Campus-only Access
Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Alzahrani, Hnan, "International Saudi Female Students' Experiences of Acculturation During Their Study at an American Public University in The South (APUS)" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 6060.