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  1. Introduction
  2. Research question
  3. Literature review
  4. Methodology
  5. Ethical implications
  6. Effective data collection
  7. Analyzing and evaluating data
  8. Critical evaluation
  9. Conclusion

?One of the main trends over the last 10 years has been the success of UK higher education institutions in attracting international students,? declared the Universities UK report by Evans, (October 20th 2011).

According to the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA 2010), more than 405,810 international students study for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the UK every year, making it the number two choice in the world, behind the USA. Non-EU students mainly arrive from China about 56 990 and India 38 500; EU students mostly come from Germany 15 425 and France 13 780 (data of 2010). These statistics lead us to speculate that with so many different backgrounds, some may consider the UK cultureas unacceptable while others may adapt to it very easily.However, the most important should be to break through this culture shock which has become a serious factor for success, according to Elisabeth Marx (1999-2001).

The experience of studying abroad gives the opportunity to meet local people as well as other international students, to travel to new places and learn more about yourself as an individual. Thus the experience of being an international student is likely to be a life-changing, fulfilling and challenging one. There are key issues that international students face in the UK such as studying in a different language and potentially different teaching methods.

[...] Students also reported that the work load associated with courses in the UK was less than at their home university. Beyond these factual and quantitative data, it seemed to me important to highlight the experience of the international students. In qualitative research, the information obtained was very diverse regarding the experience of each student. For 9 out of 10 respondents, studying in England represents above all the possibility of discovering a foreign country, its language and its culture. The educational aspectdid not appear as an absolute priority even if for 4 out of 10 it remains important. [...]

[...] Although all students felt that they benefited from the experience of studying abroad, there are a 3 students complained about the fact that compatriots and international students were all together in the same hall which reduced the opportunity to improve their English. On the other hand most of them were well integrating in the life of the university thanks to all the opportunities available in the international university centre. Nevertheless, it seemed that students tend to stick with their compatriots which inevitably slowed the integration process and led them not fully integrating. [...]

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