International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Academic and Social Adjustments of Arab Fulbright Students in American Universities: A Case Study
Abdulghani Ali Al-Hattami, Arif Ahmed Mohammed Hassan Al-Ahdal

Education is the main engine for human beings and the backbone of their progress and development. People are prepared to cross boundaries to get sound education wherever it may be. Being a very desirable higher education provider, the United States of America is a destination that attracts many students worldwide. William Fulbright made such a dream come true through his scholarship. However, moving from one culture to another makes the experience a bit challenging. Although Arab students prefer the US for higher education where they expect promises of lucrative employment, these students face many problems of adjustment in the strange environment due to cultural differences, low-level English language proficiency, lack of social interaction, and absence of student counselling in the universities/colleges, difference in pedagogy. This study was an effort to find out the various adjustment problems confronted by Arab students in America. The results were discussed and recommendations were presented.

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