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The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side – Main Factors Influencing International Students’ Happiness

Toth, Tamas LU (2018) PSYP01 20181
Department of Psychology
Abstract
The number of international students in higher education is steadily increasing, so their experiences in the new environment is a topic gaining more and more interest from academics (Wu & Hammond, 2011). The current research suggests a model for determining international students’ happiness. The determining factors in the hypothesized model are university satisfaction, residential satisfaction, cross-cultural losses, self-reported university performance and self-reported physical well-being. Social support is added into the model as a mediator of the presented independent variables and the dependent variable, happiness. The study is done using a sample of international students, since it is suggested by previous research that student... (More)
The number of international students in higher education is steadily increasing, so their experiences in the new environment is a topic gaining more and more interest from academics (Wu & Hammond, 2011). The current research suggests a model for determining international students’ happiness. The determining factors in the hypothesized model are university satisfaction, residential satisfaction, cross-cultural losses, self-reported university performance and self-reported physical well-being. Social support is added into the model as a mediator of the presented independent variables and the dependent variable, happiness. The study is done using a sample of international students, since it is suggested by previous research that student populations should be examined using international student groups (Xiao, Tang & Shim, 2009). The aim of the study is to test said model that is hypothesized to describe specifically international students’ happiness in their new surroundings. The results suggest that the model is only partially significant. (Less)
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author
Toth, Tamas LU
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course
PSYP01 20181
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
international student, happiness, satisfaction, well-being, culture, social support
language
English
id
8954176
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2018-08-06 14:55:47
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  abstract     = {The number of international students in higher education is steadily increasing, so their experiences in the new environment is a topic gaining more and more interest from academics (Wu & Hammond, 2011). The current research suggests a model for determining international students’ happiness. The determining factors in the hypothesized model are university satisfaction, residential satisfaction, cross-cultural losses, self-reported university performance and self-reported physical well-being. Social support is added into the model as a mediator of the presented independent variables and the dependent variable, happiness. The study is done using a sample of international students, since it is suggested by previous research that student populations should be examined using international student groups (Xiao, Tang & Shim, 2009). The aim of the study is to test said model that is hypothesized to describe specifically international students’ happiness in their new surroundings. The results suggest that the model is only partially significant.},
  author       = {Toth, Tamas},
  keyword      = {international student,happiness,satisfaction,well-being,culture,social support},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side – Main Factors Influencing International Students’ Happiness},
  year         = {2018},
}