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Document Type

Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Students, Foreign-Relations-United States, Interpersonal relations, Connection, International students, Qualitative, Relationships


This study is an investigation of the experiences of International Students who were enrolled at a college in the Northeastern United States during the 2007-2008 academic year. Participants in this qualitative study were asked to describe their experiences of making and maintaining meaningful connections with friends and family from their home country, fellow International Students, American students, and diaspora populations. Findings of the study provided rich examples of how the participants made and maintained meaningful connections as well as their thoughts and feelings about those connections. The study at hand was intended to provide an overview on which further research can be based to pinpoint the effectiveness of services and programs available at similar colleges.




v, 79 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2011.