Date of Last Revision

2023-05-02 14:20:02


Business and Org Comm - Organizational Communications

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2015


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.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Yang Lin

First Reader

Dr. Kathleen Clark

Second Reader

Dr. Sylvia White



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.