The influences of university pedagogy and support practices on first-year international undergraduates’ experiences

Date:Dec 2017
Topic(s): Transition, Induction
Type(s): UKCISA Grants, Research, Funded in 2015-16
The UKCISA-funded research carried out by the University of Brighton explored the impact of attending an International Foundation Year (IFY) on international students’ experience of the transition into higher education (HE). The research presents data including quotes from students and throws up surprising results. It highlights that it takes time for students to comprehend the impact of their foundation year experience and it also finds significant differences in the experience of students depending on their academic discipline. The research report concludes with practical suggestions on how institutions can support students’ sense of belonging, engagement and success in their first year of higher education.