Life Roles and College Life: Exploring Experiences of International Female Students in Higher Education

Beatrice Asante Somuah
2020 Journal of Educational and Social Research  
Studies have identified that women enter higher learning institutions for personal enrichment and lifelong education. In spite of these benefits, societal perception and traditional roles affect women's participation in formal education. This qualitative study sought to explore the experiences of female students on how they deal with their lifecycle roles as they access higher education outside their home countries. The study was conducted in a Kenyan university using seven graduate
more » ... raduate international female students. These participants were purposively selected for face-to-face interviews. Content analysis was used to analyse data based on similarities and differences. It was revealed that the female faced challenges such as psychological stress, financial problems and time constraints. They managed these roles through support from family and friends as well as the use of self-motivation strategies. It was therefore recommended that interventions geared towards the needs of these female students are developed by institutions who admit international students.
doi:10.36941/jesr-2020-0025 fatcat:ars7joqvlbevtchrvnljrqjdo4