Barriers Faced by South Asian International Undergraduate Students Pursuing Higher Education In the USA
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Even if academically prepared and financially strong, international students face difficulties while completing their education in a new country away from friends and family. These difficulties could be due to the socioeconomic status of the international student’s family, legal status during their stay here, or being in a new culture and context. The purpose of this study was to analyze these difficulties, or barriers faced by South Asian International undergraduate students at Texas State University. This study will also identify the strength of each barrier, its possible reasons, and students’ opinion on how to reduce it during their stay at Texas State University. Barriers of international students were divided into five categories: social, cultural, financial, academic, and legal barriers. Financial barriers were found to be the strongest barriers identified by the participants. Academic barriers, on the other hand, were the weakest barriers. Students also experienced many difficulties coming from different cultural backgrounds and expressed difficulties dealing with cultural, social, and legal challenges in addition to other challenges they faced.