Date of Graduation
Honors Research Project
Bachelor of Arts
Business and Org Comm - Organizational Communications
Dr. Yang Lin
Dr. Kathleen Clark
Dr. Sylvia White
This research project was conducted in order to investigate the current recruitment and assimilation processes experienced by international-student athletes at an NCAA Division I university, and to identify ways to improve those processes. The investigation was conducted through in-depth interviews with seven international student-athletes. The ages of these participants ranged from between 18 and 22 years old, 1 and 3 years of attendance at the University, and consisted of 5 females and 2 males. The participants play a variety of different sports, and each had a unique country of origin. The analysis revealed language, dietary changes, and social support are among various other themes experienced as difficulties for these students as they seek to make a transition into an American university. Suggestions such as greater coaching support, more focused university programming, and individual mindset changes are discussed further.
Frawley, Alexandra L., "Acculturation of International Student-Athletes" (2015). Honors Research Projects. 188.