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International students' transitions to UK higher education - revisiting the concept and practice of academic hospitality

Ploner, Josef

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Josef Ploner



Abstract

With the increasing mobility of international students to UK universities, the appropriate facilitation of their transition remains a critical issue in terms of higher education practice and research. Much existing research and practice is characterised by assimilationist approaches to transition where international students are seen to ‘adapt to’ and ‘fit in’ seemingly uniform host environments. This study however draws on the concept of ‘academic hospitality’ (Bennett, 2000; Phipps & Barnett, 2007) to develop a more nuanced stance which emphasises reciprocity between academic ‘hosts’ and ‘guests’. The findings presented here emerge from semi-structured interviews with a diverse group of international students who spent their first year abroad at a well-established UK university. Elaborating on different experiences and forms of academic hospitality (material, virtual, epistemological, linguistic and touristic), the paper contributes to a refined theorisation of international student transition. It also offers valuable insights for academic practitioners and policy makers who seek sensible approaches to internationalisation.

Citation

Ploner, J. (2018). International students' transitions to UK higher education - revisiting the concept and practice of academic hospitality. Journal of Research in International Education, 17(2), 164-178. https://doi.org/10.1177/1475240918786690

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 30, 2018
Online Publication Date Jul 11, 2018
Publication Date Aug 1, 2018
Deposit Date Apr 3, 2019
Publicly Available Date Apr 3, 2019
Print ISSN 1475-2409
Electronic ISSN 1741-2943
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 2
Pages 164-178
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1475240918786690
Keywords International student transition; Internationalisation; UK higher education; Academic hospitality; First-year experience
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/923710
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1177/1475240918786690

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