Sandra Leigh Nickell



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Contributing to the campus diversity, the population of international students attending American higher education institutions continues to rise. Higher education institutions strive to develop a diverse campus community that will enrich students prospective of other cultures. It is through examining how relationships between international students and American college students will provide an understanding of how these relationships evolve and affect the campus community. Although, research has explored the topic of the cause for international students’ disengagement to form relationships, there is limited research focus on building interpersonal relationships with their American peer. This research examines the impact of interpersonal relationships between international students and American students contribute to the development of cultural understanding within a university community. Five international undergraduate students and five American undergraduate students participated in the study.

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Project Designation

Graduate Research

Primary Advisor

Nasser Razek

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education and Human Services


Stander Symposium poster, student affairs, School of Education and Health Sciences

International and Domestic Students Relationships: Impact of Interpersonal Relationships on the Development of Cultural Understanding