International students in crisis times: Exploring the experiences of international students studying in Saudi Arabia during the Covid-19 pandemic
Keywords:International students, Saudi Arabia, Covid-19 pandemic, Scholarships
The purpose of this qualitative research is to explore the experiences of international students studying in Saudi Arabia during the Covid-19 pandemic. By focusing on a sample of international students at different Saudi universities, the researcher generated data through semi-structured individual interviews with the participants via Zoom due to Covid-19 circumstances. The overall findings of this research revealed three themes that emerged from the interviews: the challenges of international students, their benefits and, support services offered to them in Saudi Arabia during the Covid-19 pandemic. The challenges include educational, economic, technical, social, health, and religious challenges. The benefits include educational, economic, technical, social, and religious benefits. The various support services offered to international students include support from universities, community charitable institutions, and individuals. Finally, implications of the findings and directions for future research are provided.
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