Challenges and barriers for first-year home and international students in Higher Education in the UK and Ireland: A scoping review

Yasmin Clough, Sarah Gibbons, Hannah Gibson, Kiu Sum, Yue Yue

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The challenges and barriers that occur when transitioning to university are widely acknowledged within the Higher Education (HE) sector (Thompson et al., 2021). Previous literature has focused extensively on the importance of breaking down barriers and cultivating a sense of belonging in order to generate student success (Daniels & McNeela, 2021; Thompson et al., 2021). There is also considerable research and literature surrounding the challenges and barriers that international students face (Gbadamosi, 2018). However, the direct comparisons between the challenges and barriers faced by home students and international students are less prominently researched. This scoping review aims to fill this gap by gathering literature on this topic and highlighting the similarities and differences between the challenges and barriers home and international students encounter.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-202
Number of pages18
JournalStudent Engagement in Higher Education Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2024

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