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The safety of international students in a regional area of Australia: Perceptions and experiences


Le, Q and Auckland, S and Nguyen, HB and Terry, DR, The safety of international students in a regional area of Australia: Perceptions and experiences, Journal of the Australia and New Zealand Student Services Association, (42) pp. 15-24. ISSN 1320-2480 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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In Australia, international students have not only made an enormous economic contribution to the educational sector, but also enriched the cultural diversity of Australian institutions and societies. When international students become a part of the Australian community, issues related to their personal safety are significant, not only to relevant authorities but also to the broader community. This study aimed to investigate the safety of international students at a regional campus and surrounding environment. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 25 international students aimed at exploring the current concerns and needs regarding their safety on and off campus. In addition, a focus group discussion was conducted with five stakeholders to investigate ways to improve the safety of international students in the current context. Four main themes emerged from the data, including safety concerns, safety risks, preventative safety strategies, and safety needs. One of the most frequent suggestions was to increase the reach of surveillance, greater support from the responsible authorities, particularly as related to environments beyond the confines of the university campus. The findings of this study have offered practical implications associated with the enhancement of the safety of international students in regional Australia.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Higher education, international students, risk, student safety, vulnerability
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Schools and learning environments not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
UTAS Author:Auckland, S (Mr Stuart Auckland)
UTAS Author:Nguyen, HB (Dr Hoang Nguyen)
UTAS Author:Terry, DR (Mr Daniel Terry)
ID Code:88340
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2014-01-29
Last Modified:2014-10-07
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