The Pros And Cons Of International Education

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Introduction Increased globalization and cultural diversity have made international education a common concept in the 21st Century. Host countries across the world offer education programs for international students as part of their strategic endeavours to advance their knowledge and enhance their competence in the global economy. Australia has experienced this rapid educational migration making education the third largest export with over $21 billion worth of economic activities (Department of Education and Training, 2016). A survey by the Department of Education and Training recorded 554, 179 international students overall with 43 % enrolled in higher education institutions in Australia in 2016. It is apparent that foreign studies offer benefits…show more content…
Most of these students experience depressive symptoms as soon as they start their studies. Their academic life and other everyday life tasks leave international students stressed, anxious and in severe cases, suicidal. Students with language difficulties are unable to adjust to their academic environment because they cannot express themselves competently. More so, they encounter unfamiliar teaching practices that further impair their ability to learn, leading to poor academic performance. These failures may lead to feelings of helplessness and being a disappointment to those who are invested in the student’s success. In some cases, students experience immense financial pressures especially where families have gone to great lengths to send them abroad for university studies. Some of them have to work and study at the same time to support their lives in university. This often means working at night and weekends, which can cause inadequate sleep and stress. When such students are failing in their studies, they may be suicidal when they contemplate facing their families (Forbes-Mewett & Sawyer,…show more content…
Stress, depression, loneliness, suicidal thoughts, and other adjustment stresses can cause insomnia, decreased appetite, low energy levels, susceptibility to diseases, and somatic symptoms like pain and fatigue in international students (Russell, Thomson & Rosenthal, 2008). Additionally, the students have to acclimate to new lifestyles, activity levels, and dietary changes, causing great stress on their bodies and minds. International students may have to start cooking their own meals as they are not comfortable eating cooked meals from their university residence halls. This implies budgeting, sourcing and cooking their own food, and cleaning up after themselves. Sometimes the presenting dietary restrictions where students cannot eat certain foods only intensifies their physical health issues. They might miss meals or resort to strenuous cooking activities that leave them exhausted and fatigued, which could lead to sleepless nights and increased mental

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