Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Construction and Operations Management

First Advisor

Teresa Hall


The growing international educational marketplace attracts students from all over the world. These students not only bring economic benefits to the host countries, but bring their cultures and languages as well. However, international students face challenges and have needs and expectations when studying abroad. They often do not know how to find services or information they need across the university to adjust smoothly in this new environment. Meanwhile, the host universities may not fully address these international students’ special needs because they have limited useful information to understand these students. This researcher conducted a study seeking to identify international students’ concerns, perceptions and needs as they arrive on campus and as they progress through their studies at South Dakota State University (SDSU). With analysis of the data gathered from international students, the researcher gained a clearer understanding of their concerns regarding their personal, cultural, social, and academic expectations. This research concludes with recommendations for programs and services in order to enhance our international students’ satisfaction here at SDSU.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Students, Foreign -- Education (Higher) -- South Dakota -- Brookings

Student affairs services -- South Dakota -- Brookings

South Dakota State University -- Foreign students -- Attitudes

South Dakota State University -- Foreign students -- Services for

South Dakota State University -- Foreign students -- Social networks

South Dakota State University. Office of International Affairs


Includes bibliographical references (pages 63-66)



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


Rights Statement

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