Challenges of Saudi international students studying in Australia

Naif Daifullah Alsulami1

1Umm Al-Qura University, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

This paper reports on the analysis of a narrative discussion group facilitated by the author as a part of a large study. The participants of this study are six male Saudi Arabian international students who are enrolled at different universities in Victoria in Australia. This paper aims to answer this question: What are some challenges that male Saudis experience as international students in Australia? Participants announced some challenges that they have experienced as international students in Australia. These challenges include academic challenges, cultural challenges, personal challenges and challenges with the Saudi Cultural Mission (SACM). Recommendations for future researchers and implications for practitioners are provided.


Niaf Daifullah Z Alsulami has a Master of Education specialising in international education from Monash University in 2014. He has started his PhD candidature from 2014 at Monash. Between 2010 -2012 he worked at Umm Al-Qura University in Mecca as a teaching assistant and researcher. Naif is an experienced teacher and researcher. He has experience as a qualitative researcher


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