International Iranian students’ profiles, educational and social experiences at an english medium universıty in Turkey.

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Sciences, Turkey

Approval Date: 2020

Student: Nasim Korouhi

Supervisor: HANİFE AKAR


The purpose of this research was to identify Iranian students’ profiles, educational and social experiences at an English medium state university in Mid Anatolia through a survey research design. The sample of the study (N=115) were volunteer participants from the entire Iranian students population in the particular university. In order to collect data, a researcher-based instrument, International University Students’ Questionnaire (IUSQ), including both open-ended and close-ended items was developed. To analyze the data, descriptive statistics were calculated and the open-ended items were subjected to inductive content analysis. Findings show that the Iranian students come from a high or moderate socio-economic status. Most of them are academically successful with high honor degrees. Besides, they have good language skills both in English and Turkish. Moreover, students came to the International University (psydonym, IU), with high rankings that gave them the opportunity to be in an international university with an English medium instruction. Regarding educational experiences, the students’ prior knowledge is sufficient to adapt to the education at IU and they are confident with their academic skills. In terms of social experiences, Iranian students tend to have friends from different nationalities and they work in teams with international groups. They understand the cultural behavior of both the international and local students, and ultimately, the code of conduct of how to behave on campus. Finally, Iranian students feel empowered because of the multicultural and multilingual environment of IU and they felt comfortable since the instructors know that they are international students.