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The expectations and experiences of Korean international students in New Zealand Tertiary education


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Korea remains the fourth largest source of international students in New Zealand, yet their numbers have halved since 2007 (Ministry of Education, 2014), raising concerns as to whether the needs and expectations of this group have been consistently met by education providers. To date, there has been little research to explore this issue, particularly in relation to tertiary study. The present study explores the reasons for Korean students coming to study in New Zealand and reports on their particular expectations and needs. The research also explores the extent to which former Korean International students in tertiary institutions have fulfilled their stated expectations.
Findings are reported from face to face interviews, distance interviews and a survey of current and former international students, both male and female, in Hamilton and Auckland and in Korea. Preliminary findings indicate a general satisfaction with the quality of education and life experiences in New Zealand although some cultural adjustments presented difficulties. However, in terms of fulfilling their career goals, many reported that achieving a NZ qualification did not meet their expectations of employability. This was true for finding a job both in NZ and in Korea, with many reporting that NZ institutions had a low profile among Korean employers.
The findings highlight the distinctiveness of Korean students and their particular expectations for their study and life in New Zealand. Recommendations are given for ways in which NZ tertiary providers could improve the experience and outcomes for students from this important international market. Awareness of these may help tertiary institutions in New Zealand attract and support Korean students more successfully.

Item Type: Paper presented at a conference, workshop, or other event which was not published in the proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Korean students,international students, expecations, experiences
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P Philology. Linguistics
Depositing User: Jin Yoon
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2016 22:12
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 04:22

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