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Saudi Arabia students in the US

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According to the Institute of International Education, Saudi students are the fourth largest group of international students in the US. In the 2011/12 academic year, 34,139 students from Saudi Arabia were studying in the United States, an increase of about 50.4% from 2010/2011. It is also worth noting that the majority of Saudi students are studying at the undergraduate level.
The increased enrollment of Saudi students in the USA must be credited to the King Abdullah scholarship program, which has created new opportunities for young Saudi men and women to study abroad. This scholarship program aims to produce a new wave of internationally educated Saudis that are capable of achieving the country’s goals for development and Saudization.
This present study responds to the need for research aimed at determining what the necessities for Saudi students on US campuses are. It responds to the growing flow of Saudi students in the US. The purpose of the study is to assess what perceptions Saudi international students have of the US educational system and universities, and what difficulties they encounter in their efforts to achieve academic success as international students.
This study, which is based statistical analysis of data generated by an online survey to Saudi students in the USA, examines the difficulties they are facing during their education in the US – these include: culture differences, academic expectations, language acquisitions, and the difference in the educational system. In addition, they must comply with a set of firm rules and regulations in place by the Saudi government in order to keep their scholarship.
The preliminary findings of this study suggest that Saudi students are not only facing problems adjusting to U.S. culture but also they are dealing with some problems related to home practice and student preparations. It is obvious that the life of Saudi students in the United States is often challenging. The study concludes with a number of recommendations for US institutional practice and Saudi Arabia scholarship program. These recommendations can be used to enhance the Saudi international students experience while studying in the U.S. It should also help the US host institution better understand the Saudi students in order to improve the services and academic programs, specifically the English language courses.
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Sabry, Manar. "Saudi Arabia students in the US" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Mar 10, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p718269_index.html>

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Sabry, M. , 2014-03-10 "Saudi Arabia students in the US" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p718269_index.html

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Abstract: According to the Institute of International Education, Saudi students are the fourth largest group of international students in the US. In the 2011/12 academic year, 34,139 students from Saudi Arabia were studying in the United States, an increase of about 50.4% from 2010/2011. It is also worth noting that the majority of Saudi students are studying at the undergraduate level.
The increased enrollment of Saudi students in the USA must be credited to the King Abdullah scholarship program, which has created new opportunities for young Saudi men and women to study abroad. This scholarship program aims to produce a new wave of internationally educated Saudis that are capable of achieving the country’s goals for development and Saudization.
This present study responds to the need for research aimed at determining what the necessities for Saudi students on US campuses are. It responds to the growing flow of Saudi students in the US. The purpose of the study is to assess what perceptions Saudi international students have of the US educational system and universities, and what difficulties they encounter in their efforts to achieve academic success as international students.
This study, which is based statistical analysis of data generated by an online survey to Saudi students in the USA, examines the difficulties they are facing during their education in the US – these include: culture differences, academic expectations, language acquisitions, and the difference in the educational system. In addition, they must comply with a set of firm rules and regulations in place by the Saudi government in order to keep their scholarship.
The preliminary findings of this study suggest that Saudi students are not only facing problems adjusting to U.S. culture but also they are dealing with some problems related to home practice and student preparations. It is obvious that the life of Saudi students in the United States is often challenging. The study concludes with a number of recommendations for US institutional practice and Saudi Arabia scholarship program. These recommendations can be used to enhance the Saudi international students experience while studying in the U.S. It should also help the US host institution better understand the Saudi students in order to improve the services and academic programs, specifically the English language courses.


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